They could be the most successful football club in the land but Sports Club Villa players and coach are immobile parked at their training grounds in Nsambya, guessing what to do next while the league continue to play. SC Villa is still stuck with their opening fixture on hand because they are not allowed to feature in the second week fixtures this Friday 23rd October.
Their current state of affairs continue to play an ugly head into Villa’s season for a couple of reasons. First, the Jogoos as they tag themselves are currently embroiled in administration conflict so the Football Federation – FUFA has not yet invited them (Villa) to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League party. That was witnessed last week as games action got underway last week for the season.
Secondly, the Villa Park based lads had by mid-week not confirmed a permanent home ground for the season though their supposition is that they might be forced to settle for Kavumba Recreation Ground for the 2021/22 season. SC Villa had beforehand stated that they would use the Njeru Fufa Technical Centre, but that has since changed according to the statement on the club website.
“We are happy to confirm that our new home ground will be the Kavumba Recreation Ground in Wakiso. We feel as management, it will be accessible and therefore convenient, not only for the players, but our fans too, when they are allowed to return to stadia.” Reads the statement by club, Muhammad Bazirengedde on Thursday.
The most decorated local soccer club, counting 16 Uganda Premier League trophies in their cabinet have previously hosted games at Masaka Recreation Ground, Ssaza Ground in Mityana, Mandela National stadium, Namboole, Nakivubo and most lately Bombo.
Ray of Hope
If reports in the FUFA and Villa boardrooms are true, that they have settled their grumbles, then SC Villa will make a trip to Arua as they open their season on October 23. Fingers must be kept crossed for some hours!
Last month (September), SC Villa Trustees pleaded for extension of Interim Administration’s tenure as they addressed the press on the current affairs of Sports Club. Villa is busy working round the clock to have an active administrative wing in place.
The club had earlier planned elections but were halted at the last minute through a court injunction. Their board of trustees apparently sought the Federation of Uganda Football Associations for an additional three months in a bid to settle the club’s grievances something that did not sound well in the ears of FUFA and their plans. The federation had planned to have the club elections on October 23, 2021.
Busy Petros Koukouras
On the field of play, club head coach Petros Koukouras has been busy preparing his side that he assembled to compete for the 2021-2022 season. The Greek national just signed at the Villa Park and has been taking the players through their pre-season paces, to get ready for the season action.
Villa expects to play its opening league fixture this weekend against Arua Hills SC at the Barifa stadium.
“We cannot wait to get started. In fact, we are looking forward to our first game. I had a chance of watching Arua Hills last week, and I felt they were a very good counter-attacking side. Yet, I still have no doubt, that we can go there and still put up a good performance,” Koukouras said.
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