FUFA president and sworn SC Villa fan Moses Magogo has brought sanity back to the destitute Villa camp by convincing the players to temporarily end their revolt.
Villa players have been on a sit-down strike, refusing to turn up for training since Friday, following their Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter-finals first leg draw against Vipers SC.
Villa players held a crisis meeting with the club’s management and technical team after Ronald Ssekiganda’s 93rd minute sealed a 1-1 draw at Kitende.
The players laid their demands before they would return to training, including payment of their outstanding salary arrears which had gone unpaid for 18 months. They also demanded that club captain Asuman Harishe’s suspension should be lifted.
Harishe was suspended by the club for indiscipline following an interview with Daily Monitor where he revealed that he was playing without pay and that the squad was disgruntled with the welfare at the club.
However, with less than 48-hours to kick off their Uganda Cup return leg against Vipers on Wednesday, and with the situation far from conclusion, Magogo stepped in to help calm the storm.
In a meeting held between the FUFA president and the Villa players on Monday at Jevine Hotel, Magogo promised that he will make sure that they get their full pay soon.
Initially, Magogo’s promises did not move the players as they asked him to attach a timeline to his promise, while other asked him to lend the club sums worth two months of the team’s unpaid salaries.
Magogo then gave the assurance that he will be meeting the club’s interim committee headed by William Nkemba over the weekend and then convening another meeting at the start of next week.
The players were convinced and agreed to return to training on Tuesday and begin preparations for their match against Vipers SC at the Bombo Barracks Grounds in Bombo. The Jogoo players were also given their first COVID-19 jabs after the meeting.
This is the second time that Magogo is intervening to settle players strikes. In 2019, Magogo intervened and settled another sit-down strike by the players.