Kotei relishes good Champions League campaign with Simba FC

Author: Edmund Okai Gyimah
James Kotei has been one of the key players in the Simba SC team

Simba FC midfielder James Kotei is relishing a good run with his Tanzanian side in the CAF Champions League and says playing in Africa’s premier club competition has lifted his career to another level.

The Ghanaian midfield enforcer has been the engine of the Tanzanian champions and he has featured in all their games this season, putting up impressive performances which have helped them to secure a second round berth in the competition.

The Ghanaian is expected to lineup for Simba when they play host to DR Congo giants TP Mazembe at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salam on Saturday.

Kotei revealed that he was enjoying his career in the east African country and featuring in the CAF Champions League had added value to his career.

"Not many people knew about the Tanzanian League. I came here from Omani Premier League side Al Orubah in 2017 and I can say it has been a success," Kotei told Graphic Sports Online.

"I am very glad to play in the CAF Champions League as it has taken my career to another level. We finished second behind Al Ahly in our group and we have qualified for the second round. I am excited and honored to be an integral part of the team."

"Honestly, the season has been stressful combining the Champions League and the domestic league, but I am coping and doing well through Christ who has strengthened me."

One of the most adored players in the Tanzanian premier league, the 25-years-old midfielder says that his dream is to wear the Black Stars jersey one day despite the possibility of representing Tanzania.

The midfielder says his dream is to play for the Black Stars

Kotei is yet to represent Ghana at any level.

"For now, I am thinking about my mother Ghana, whatever comes after is from God," he added.

The player started his career at Dansoman-based Liberty Professionals before he was sent on loan to BA United to continue with his development before moving later to the Gulf state of Oman.