Record Uganda Premier League Champions (16), SC Villa nearly signed now Vipers SC player Abdu Lumala, in the January 2022 transfer window.
The pacy winger, who was club-less at the time, held positive discussions with the Jogoo’s then head coach Petros Koukouras and an agreement was reached before a deal fell through at the touchline.
The revelation was made by the Greek tactician as he spoke about his life at Villa and the club’s recruitment policy.
“I have personally spoken to players and negotiated for the club to bring them in at very low fees compared to what they could offer,” said Koukouras as quoted by the Daily Monitor.
“I even agreed with Abdu Lumala to join the club with very favorable terms until the end of last season.”
“This was after they failed to bring me a striker during the January transfer window to be able to finish in a respectable league position and challenge for the [Uganda] Cup.”
Kokouras goes ahead to reveal how his efforts to sign the player were frustrated by the club’s top honchos.
“But some of the executive members mistreated the player when he went to sign his contract and he ran away because he felt disrespected.”
Koukouras specifically points at Brenda Nambalirwa, who reportedly performs the club CEO role as one of the main reasons for the Lumala disappointment.
“I have met her only a few times. We didn’t have any relationship. But as far as I know, her biggest contribution to the club was the failure to sign Abdu Lumala.”
The latter has since signed with the league defending champions (Vipers) on a three-year contract as he hopes to help the club to bigger success.