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Joash Onyango: Simba SC offers new contract to defender to keep Orlando Pirates away

The PSL side has been linked with the Harambee Star which has had a big impact on Msimbazi’s side since his arrival in 2020

Simba SC have decided to approach Kenyan defender Joash Onyango to negotiate a contract extension to prevent him from joining Premier Soccer League team Orlando Pirates.

Onyango signed a two-year contract with Wekundu wa Msimbazi before the start of the current season and has been an outstanding figure for the Tanzanian champions ever since. His performances aroused interest, especially from South Africa, and Simba have now reached out to the defender to negotiate a new deal that will potentially see him stay longer.

Simba general manager Barbara Gonzalez has confirmed that Onyango and his agent have been welcomed to the table for a possible new one-off deal, but the player has yet to respond.

“We have already contacted Onayngo and his agent to let them know that we would like to extend his contract which will begin once the initial two-year agreement ends,” Gonzalez said, quoted by Mwanaspoti. “The current contract was due to end at the end of next season, but the new one will see him stay with us until 2024.

“We decided to make our wish to extend the contract given Onyango’s performance since joining us. We need him because we understand how critically Simba would need his services. also need him to sign so that if someone joins us in filing their wish to sign Onyango, we will enter into negotiations already knowing that he has a new agreement for two more years.

Goal understands that Simba’s board was initially split over how long the contract Onyango should have received when he signed in 2020. Some thought he should have been given a long-term contract, while others argued for a short-term contract because Onyango’s age was too advanced for a long contract.

But since he started playing for the giants Msimbazi, Onyango, when in good shape, has been regularly lined up with Ivorian center-back Pascal Wawa. His arrival and instant impact saw Tanzanian defender Erasto Nyoni relegated to the bench and occasionally lined up in midfield.

Simba is expected to start negotiations with more stars whose contracts are set to end after the season. Beno Kakoalnya was the last player to sign a new contract, while Francis Kahata left after two seasons.

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