After their one-all draw with Vipers in the first leg of the Stanbic Uganda Cup played at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Tuesday, SC Villa players demanded to meet their bosses.
In the away team’s dressing room at Kitende, Villa officials led by the club CEO Shawn Mubiru, team manager Joram Luyimbazi and the technical team members listened to the grievances of the players.
In the meeting, the players told their bosses about their intended sit down strike until their arrears of 18 months have been paid by the club.
And indeed, the players have not returned to training ahead of their Uganda Cup return leg against Vipers at the Miltary Barrack in Bombo on Wednesday.
The players also demanded that the indefinite suspension imposed on skipper Asuman Harishe be lifted with immediate effect.
Harishe was suspended after his interview in the Saturday Monitor, where he revealed he and his teammates had not been paid by SC Villa for close to 18 months.
Villa officials reacted by suspending the defender on grounds of being undisciplined.
The players reasoned that Harishe was airing their views as a team, and they wish to stand with him.
“It will be betrayal from us if we continued training and playing without the captain,” one of the players who were in the meeting told Football256.
“The views Harishe was airing are not his personal views, but they are views of all us the players. He is our leader, and we cannot betray him,” the player added.
Surprisingly, the few Villa officials this reporter has interacted with about the matter feel the players are a big disappointment.
The officials reason that the players should be grateful for the opportunity a historic club like Villa has given them to showcase their talents.