By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
Sports Club Villa, also known as the Jogoos is one of the most decorated football clubs in Uganda’s top flight football. The club has won more trophies in recent years than any other club in the Uganda Premier League. But lately things aren’t looking good for the Jogoos reflected by their sudden dip in form this season. Villa has failed to win four of the last five games and only winning one against relegation threatened Kyetume FC in game week 26.
And now we understand that the club is in a crisis of some sort and this along with many factors could explain their current dip in form and performances in most of their league matches this season. The club has called for a crisis meeting planned for Monday morning at Villa Park to try and settle issues of players boycotting training due to issues of unpaid arrears. The fans through their fans wing have already embarked on a fundraising drive amongst themselves as a way of solving issues of transportation, food, and medical necessities for players.
This crisis obviously is hitting SC Villa in the worst of moments as they will play host to Vipers Football Club in the second leg of the Uganda Cup quarter-final, after drawing 1:1 in the first leg.
Players have been voicing concerns about their salaries in arrears which are not being paid. In fact this was cited by as the key reason their team captain Asuman Kihogo Alishe was left on the sidelines during their first leg meeting in the Uganda Cup quarter final at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende.
The supporters of the club responded promptly by rallying for a fundraising drive amongst themselves aimed at preventing the club from failing to meet transportation costs and other necessities for players that could cause them to miss training.
The total sum of money collected so far through this fundraising endeavor has not been revealed yet, but this indicates the situation is looking bad. The management has also reacted by payment of one month salary to players to try and halt this situation before it escalates to players missing training sessions and matches.
Unfortunately, what the fans were worried about is beginning to manifest, as there are reports of many Villa players who over the weekend refused to train as they protested their delayed salaries and the supposed suspension of their club captain.
It is upon this background that SC Villa fans have called for an emergency meeting scheduled for May 31st 2021. SC Villa will host Vipers at the Bombo Military Stadium on Wednesday and fans are worried that the team might not make it to the semis given the current situation at the club. This is a big disappointment for a team of Villa’s magnitude and from all of us in the football fraternity we hope that Villa iron this issue quickly.Sports Club Villa now occupies the 8th position in the league with 36 points and their next match will be against UPDF away