This is how I would revive Villa

SC Villa players celebrate a goal

SC Villa players celebrate a goal

Of late, no day passes without getting calls – sometimes from people I don’t know – asking about my two cents on SC Villa.

There is no doubt the team is struggling, the morale is low and a wave of uncertainty continues to cloud the future. However, Villa is unlike any other club in Uganda because it holds a winning mentality.

So, given the financial squeeze the Jogoos have endured over the past 12 months, any other club would have been relieved to survive relegation in the recently-concluded season.

But Villa being Villa, this has been met with sadness, anger and despair. However, any solution to Villa woes can only start and end with Villa, not outside forces as many have been misled to believe.

I have lived all my life as a Villa fan and have voluntarily served the club right from the lowest capacity as a part-time groundsman when the club used to host matches in Masaka up to national fans coordinator and later becoming club president.

So, there is virtually little anyone can school me in Villa when I say the Villa cure to return to glory days should be firmly within the Villa fraternity.

Forget the Fufa foolery to professionalise the club when it is clear the club is nose-diving. Any clean-up should start with former presidents Franco Mugabe, Fred Muwema and myself, who have felt the heat before.

Just last year before I stepped aside to expose the posturing of Fufa and some greedy individuals, I had set about turning the club into a fully-fledged corporate entity, complete with shareholding.

The business of club football has greatly changed over the years and the biggest club in Uganda cannot be run like a charity, where the leadership is expected to dig into their pockets to sustain the club. This is unsustainable as the current hierarchy has learnt over the past 12 months, especially when a few individuals turn around to abuse you.

Going forward, the immediate remedy would be to constitute a board of directors that would in turn superintend over the club secretariat run by a CEO.

It is this board that would be made of shareholders that have already proven their might by buying the majority shares. For Villa to be able to challenge KCCA and Vipers, it needs an individual or team that is willing to pump in not less than a billion shillings in investment.

Villa has to buy at least 12 top-class local players and four foreign players on top of getting a home ground. Villa’s greatest team in the eighties and nineties was led by the who-is-who of Kampala.

Chief Patrick Kawooya was the face of the club but behind the scenes, the real force were bigwigs like Fred Rwigyema, Andrew Kasagga Zzimwe, Omar Ahmed Mandela, Tushar Ruparelia and Alex Kiseego, among others.

I believe Villa still has such people who only need to see a clear future before they can commit. I am just one of them. josephmbazzi@gmail.com

The author is Nyamityobora FC president.

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