Uganda Cranes defender Juuko Murshid is officially back at Tanzanian champions Simba Sports Club after three months absence, one that many saw as an attempt to force a move out of the club. Having featured for his nation in their Saturday 8th 0-0 draw against Tanzania, Murshid has reportedly ironed out issues with Simba and will be available for Patrick Aussems for the 2018/19 season.
While speaking to Azam TV, the club's acting president Salim Abdalla confirmed the developments and even though steering clear of the actual cause for Musrhid's absence, hinted that his performance against Tanzania last week may have played a part in the recall.
''We had a few issues with the player and now we have remedied the same. We have had talks and he has assured me that he has come to work and because this is a player we signed with some targets we believe every thing we have agreed on he will adhere to. We saw him playing for his country and he does well, even here he has done well and will do well,'' says Salim Abdalla.
Murshid was reportedly eyeing a move down south to Supersport United and it never materialised. Later on in the break, he was reported to be close to signing for his old club and current Ugandan champions Vipers Sports Club but this too never transpired. He wants Simba fans to make it like the old times and forget what just happened.
''I have come back to work at Simba. I plead with the fans to welcome me as they did some years back. I believe without them (fans) I won't be able to do my work well,'' says Murshid.
In his absence, the Tanzanian giants have since acquired the services of Ivorian national Serge Pascal Wawa- a former defensive stalwart for Azam FC in the Tanzanian league. Other names in his position include Erasto Nyoni, Yusuf Mpilipili and Paul Bukaba. Murshid says he is ready to fight for his place in the team.
''I know of Pascal Wawa who has been brought in the team, the likes of Erasto Nyoni, all of them I have respect for them but I believe I have the capabilities to be selected by the coach,'' he adds.
Simba, who sit 3rd in the 20-team premier league log travel to Ndanda to take on the hosts as they look to reclaim their top position in the league. Former Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere scored in their opening two matches which they won. Mbao FC leads the log with a game advantage.