Simba CEO Barbra Gonzalez Lands Major Role at CAF

Brabra Gonzalez
A photo of Simba SC CEO Barbara Gonzalez during a past conference.

Barbara Gonzalez, CEO of Simba, has been named Vice President of CAF inter-clubs competition and management of the club licensing system. 

At CAF, Gonzalez will deputise Yahya Ahmed in her role for two years, from 2022 to 2024.

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“After getting this opportunity to be the vice-president of the Caf competition, I will be responsible with great professionalism to ensure that the procedures go as planned,” Gonzalez stated. 

In the list made up of 12 names, Gonzalez was the only female named as the Vice President.  

Others on the list include Maclean Cortez, Djibrilla Hamidou, El Hajoui Hamza, Sekou Sylla, Shehu Dikko, Ransford Abbey, Alim Konate, Mohamed Yonis, Muwanda Haruna and Makhosi Mohapi 

CAF launched a Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP) In July 2022, during the CAF Club Licensing Seminar in Cairo, Egypt. 

The purpose of CLOP was to manage the licensing process and stadium inspections for continental and domestic competitions. 

The 32-year-old became the first female CEO of a football club in Tanzania when she landed the role in September 2020. 

Her appointment evoked mixed reactions with some stakeholders comparing her to her predecessor, South African Senzo Mbatha, who left Simba to work with arch-rivals Yanga FC.

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