With the SC Villa elections just within hours, presidential candidate Dennis Mbidde Ssebugwawo revealed what he intends to bring at Villa Park, but is it achievable?
Topping Mbidde’s manifesto is helping Villa win the CAF Champions League finals for the first time in history.
The furthest they have reached was the 1991 finals( as the African cup of champions club) when they lost 6-2 to Tunisia’s Club Africain.
“People think winning the champions league is unachievable, but we have made the final previously. If I don’t win it in the four years, I will not return,” he committed.
This is a commitment, and some will view it as an unrealistic target for a club that is only trying to get back to half it was decades ago, but what can we say? Give it the time it deserves.
“Building a stadium is not the most important thing at the moment what we need is winning trophies first before we can embark on that. It is not hard to have a home,” he added.
Mbidde also revealed plans to make the Jogoo financially independent without necessarily relying on an individual for funding.
“We have to make a club that makes its own money without the president injecting his own. They are many avenues of getting money like membership, gate collection, selling merchandise and others.”
About attracting sponsors as the biggest source of income, Mbidde noted: “Getting sponsorships is not hard. we have to create the right environment and win games,” he stated.
“I have worked in different corporate companies, and I know how to lure sponsors for funding such that we can self-sustain.”
He also highlighted the need to instil discipline back at Villa Park and eliminate the vice that has for long been affiliated with the Jogoo.
Whether the said is achievable or not is a different topic and one that can only be fairly judged with time.
The highly anticipated election between Mbidde and Medard Lubega Ssegona is slated for Saturday, August 28, and will be conducted in a secret online ballot.