December 9, 2021

SUPL: A fiery return awaits Villa

By Brian Aheebwa
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FUFA President Moses Magogo addressing SC Villa officials recently at the club's training ground in Rubaga / Courtesy Image

After earning a provisional license to take part in FUFA competitions for the 2021/22 season, SC Villa will now be expected to make part of the Uganda Premier League fixtures with immediate effect following a directive by FUFA to the league secretariat.

The above development further indicates that the 2004 Uganda Premier League champions will return to action on match day three after missing out on two match days.

“FUFA has now granted Sports Club Villa a conditional and provisional club license subject to the terms in the Club Congress resolutions presented to FUFA,” a statement dated Saturday, October 23 read.

Their matchday three fixture, which will also double as their first game of the season, will be a trip to the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende to face off against blood hungry Vipers SC-who have been convincing from the get-go.

Through the statement, FUFA also warned that they would look at the club with a keen eye and would have no hesitancy to withdraw their provisional license if the resolutions made are not met.

“However, FUFA shall immediately withdraw the provisional license if the club fails to fulfil the resolutions against which the license has been issued.” The statement added.

It should also be remembered that Villa missed the two matchdays for lack of a CEO, a position considered to be the most important in as far as bridging a gap between the clubs and the UPL secretariat is concerned.

This happened in the aftermath of Shawn Mubiru’s dismissal from the club that paved the way for hiring Brenda Nambalirwa Kawuma to the position, only for the federation to suspend her with barely a week spent in her new office.

Her appointment as CEO among other governance issues are some of the reasons the UPL secretariat did not include SC Villa on the 2021/2022 StarTimes Uganda Premier League fixture.

FUFA had set October 23rd as the date SC Villa should hold their elections, instead Villa Trustees went ahead to conduct an Extraordinary Club Congress meeting on the same day.

The agenda was a bid to iron out this undesirable chaos and restore parity at the club.

While at the Congress meeting held at Serena Hotel, Kigo, several issues were discussed but what took precedence were the dates to hold fresh elections and of course a return on the SUPL fixture list.

As part of the resolutions, the SC Villa Executive Board Committee decided to conduct the presidential election on November 13 this very year. That is less than three weeks from now.

The record 16-time champions will have their matchday one and two fixtures rescheduled to new dates, the games that must be against BUL FC and Arua Hill SC respectively.

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