The Villa Park outfit is experiencing its worst spell in the league, delicately losing all their five top players to more financially stable clubs with Cranes duo Emma Okwi and Geoffrey Walusimbi joining Yanda and Gor Mahia in Tanzania and Kenya respectively while Moses Ndawula also defected to Kiira Young and inspiration midfielder Hakim Magumba decided to retire permanently.
The departure of these top players has left head coach Steven Bogere in dire need of reinforcements before the resumption of the FSL 2013/14 term yet the club has no funds to finance the buys.
“My task as head coach here is to lift the club but every new day, frustrated players leave unceremoniously, an occurrence that massively disrupts the club’s setup,” Bogere lamented.
Villa plays gaint killers Soana on 7th February without the five who prominently fixture in their starting lineup yet the January transfer window has only 48 hours to close.
Back in 1993 when SC Villa was at its peak, it was the only bull in the Ugandan football kraal. After winning everything there is in Ugandan football, the club had shifted focus to conquering the continent. 1991 runners-up in the Africa Club Championship (now Caf Champions League) before coming up short in the 1992 Caf Cup final (now merged into the Caf Confederation Cup), Villa pulled all stops to win the 1993 Africa Club Championship.
Following the end of the Agip sponsorship in 1989, SC Villa financially depended on gate takings as well as the big pockets of all-powerful club chairman Patrick Edward Kawooya and the tycoon-dominated executive that had Franco Mugabe, Fred Kauma Andrew ‘Zzimwe’ Kasagga (RIP), Bob Kabuye, Joe Muganzi, Hajji Sudi Zziwa (RIP), Alex Kiseego (RIP), Hajj Omar Ahmed Mandela and Ephraim Kizito among others.
Currently, Villa is split into two factions with the FSL-learning club that Bogere manages unable to even foot training allowances for the thin squad of less than 25 players more less pay their merger wages.
They lie 5th on the 16-team log with a mere 24 points from a possible 42.