By Allan Damba
More crisis has hit Villa Park as the players reportedly plan to continue their sit-down strike amidst demands for payment of arrears.
Last week, SC Villa captain Asuman Harishe was indefinitely suspended by the club board for airing out wage grievances in an interview with the Daily Monitor.
This prompted bitter reactions from the rest of the squad, who agreed to shun away from training after their 1-1 Uganda Cup draw with Vipers SC at Kitende.
The players called for the immediate return of their captain and payment of their 18-month arrears.
According to a source that preferred anonymity, the board responded by paying the players one-month wages, which sprung more anger in the squad.
The board reportedly called the players to immediately return to training ahead of their Wednesday’s Uganda cup second leg encounter with Vipers at Bombo Military Grounds.
“One month has been paid to the players minus the technical team, and they have been told to resume training tomorrow (Monday).”
However, the source stressed that the players demanded for more money before appearing for training. “But, players have agreed not to turn up until they are paid more money,” added the source.
In a bigger twist, it is reported that the Jogoo fans are planning a demonstration at Villa Park on Monday to express dissatisfaction at how their club is being run.
“Fans are also planning to demonstrate on Monday at Villa Park as they start a move to hijack the team from the current administration.”
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League record holders have endured a dismal campaign in the league. They sit eighth on 36 points with four games to the end of the season.
They have only picked up one win in their last ten matches: an unconvincing 1-0 victory at home to strugglers Kyetume FC.
The poor season is attributed to how the administration runs the club, the players have been forced to play minus pay for the largest chunk of the season.