By Baron Kironde
Uganda Premier League (UPL) record Champions SC Villa unveiled their new matchday kit mid-season, attracting mixed reactions from football followers.
Paul Mukatabala, a club legend who played for the Jogoo between 1990 and 1997, is excited by the development but expressed his discontent with the designers for earlier on ‘trying to erase’ Villa’s identity.
Mukatabala said he, like other Villa die-hards, was disturbed with a previous design of the logo they saw circulating online without their beloved ‘Ssegwanga’ (Cock/Jogoo). Jogoo is Swahili for Cock.
“We are what we are; The Jogoo because of that dominant bird up top. The founders had only one intention in mind, for SC Villa to be the only bull in the kraal; The Leader, the Champion, and the unrivalled competitor,” Mukatabala noted.
He argued that removing the Jogoo meant displacing pride and history from the club, logically erasing Villa’s identity.
Notably, on the new Villa club logo, the Jogoo now faces the right to symbolize forward movement. Except that, it is not so different from the old one besides a darker blue colour print.
The 16-time UPL winners have been mocked by rival fans for using the same old kit from the previous season for this year’s campaign. At one point, Villa played some games in their light blue training kit.
Thanks to SC Villa’s partnership with Ecopharm pharmaceuticals and medical suppliers (appears at the front of the Villa shirt) and Aspire medical centre, the Jogoo army will now match out to the remaining 10 UPL games in a new ‘combat’s.
SC Villa chairman William Nkemba has urged the club fans to purchase the new club kit at only shs70,000 as another great way of supporting their dear Jogoo.