Ben Misagga, the SC Villa president, is mooting grand changes in the club following a topsy-turvy start to the season.
On Saturday, he is meeting the fans to forge a way forward to counter the recent violence as well as to revive the Jogoo spirit, writes NDYAMUHAKI EMANZI.
In the wake of the September 23 violence during a match between Vipers and SC Villa at St Mary’s stadium Kitende, Misagga has seized the break in league action to bring the Villa house to order.
A section of Villa supporters vandalised part of the stadium, citing biased officiating in favour of the home side.
Days later, Fufa fined Villa Shs 1 million on top of deducting two points from the Jogoos. Misagga ruled out appealing the decision and has instead put his efforts to putting the Villa house in order and rally Villa fans. He is also mooting grand changes that seek to strengthen the club’s support and financial base.
“That decision [fine] is now past us and we are already looking to the future. The start to the season is not ideal but we still have a long way to go,” he said.
The meeting this Saturday at Villa Park is scheduled to start at 10am and end at 1pm, just in time for fans to go and watch The Cranes take on Ghana in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Misagga is keen to turn the club’s home of Masaka recreation ground into a formidable fortress for the remainder of the season. This will be through a number of campaigns that will also see the return of selling club merchandise such as Villa water.
Misagga also plans to use this meeting to start a fresh campaign of opening club branches in all the major towns along the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara route. “We want to create a fortress in Masaka by attracting supporters from all nearby towns,” he said.
On the issue of support, Misagga intends to relaunch the seasonal tickets for fans.
“We have the biggest fan base in the country but some of our core supporters don’t want to be inconvenienced by regular payments at the gate. That’s why we are going to relaunch the seasonal tickets, which will come with various benefits,” he said.
Villa has two wins and a draw from their first four matches and takes on Jinja SS next.