July 5, 2022

Magera temporarily succeeds sacked Koukouras at Villa

By Brian Aheebwa
Jackson Magera is in charge of Villa for the time being | Courtesy Image

Upon announcing the sacking of Petros Koukouras as SC Villa head coach on Thursday evening, his assistant Jackson Magera was immediately placed in the position temporarily.

Both were brought in at the start of the 2021/22 season which proved a tough campaign with the Jogoos finishing 12th on the 16-team Uganda Premier League log with 33 points, only five points above the relegation zone.

“Sports Club Villa has today amicably parted ways with head coach Petros Koukouras,” a statement signed by the club President Omar Mandela started.

“Petros leaves with our sincere appreciation for steering the club through a very tough season and the club wishes him the best in his next endeavors.”

“Sports Club Villa confirms Petros’ assistant Jackson Magera will temporarily take up the role of head coach. Further announcements will be communicated in due course,” it ended.

The Greek tactician was acquired to help out in the rebuilding process of Villa but throughout his first campaign, the club officials have been unimpressed and they could not allow the marriage to go further.

Much as the 34-year-old Greek is regarded as a failure in line with what the 16-time UPL champions expected from him, he also on several occasions hinted at the fact that the group of players he was working with lacked the quality.

Koukouras succeeded Fred Kaziba and one year later, the former has also been shown the exit door.

As the club continues to prepare for the new season, several players have been released while some have been handed contracts.

Martin Ssenkooto, Amir, Kakomo, Ali Bayo, Benson Muhindo, and Isaac Ogwang have so far left while Meddie Kibirige and Goffin Oyirwoth were handed new contracts.

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