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Tanzania’s Simba targets another Uganda Cranes midfielder

The Tanzanian champions are expected to table an offer to Aucho's representatives to lure the former Gor Mahia midfielder who is also a transfer target for Azam FC

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

Tanzanian giants Simba Sports Club are interested in signing Uganda Cranes central midfielder Khalid Aucho.

Aucho is deemed as a perfect replacement for Taifa Stars midfielder Jonas Mkude whose contract with Simba will come to an end as the current season climaxes.

The Tanzanian champions are expected to table an offer to Aucho’s representatives to lure the former Gor Mahia midfielder who is also a transfer target for Azam FC.

Aucho currently plies his trade with Misr El Makkasa but his two year contract will expire at the end of the season with the midfielder not willing to sign an extension.

The hard tackling midfielder joined Misr El Makkasa in July 2019 but had agreed to switch to Al Ittihad Alexandria last year in a move that was later blocked by his club.

At Simba, Aucho’s compatriot Taddeo Lwanga became a mainstay figure following his move from Egyptian side Tanta SC early this season.

While Lwanga starred with brilliant performances in the midfield, Mkude has continuously grabbed the headlines for wrong reasons and has been suspended by the club twice this season.

In January this year, Mkude was suspended and fined for indiscipline reasons and missing the club’s training without a reason.

Despite serving a suspension early this year, Mkude awaits another punishment from the club after he went AWOL again last week.

His continuous misconduct prompted Simba to seek replacements elsewhere and Aucho is in pole position to fill his void once his fate is determined.

Ever since he made his senior debut eight years ago, Aucho has played an integral role in the Cranes jersey raking 50 caps and scoring two goals. He represented Uganda in the 2017 and 2019 AFCON in Gabon and Egypt respectively.

At club level, he has played for Simba FC (now UPDF), Tusker, Gor Mahia, Baroka FC (South Africa), Red Star Belgrade and OFK Beograd (both in Serbia) and Indian sides East Bengal and Churchill Brothers.

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