Every footballing nation has got a top league, which league has a dominant force and SC Villa takes that status in Uganda.
A critical look at the SC villa badge shows that it possesses a big cockerel standing on the ball which paints a real picture of a club which rules football.
There are no doubts that the club is the most decorated local football team as the formerly Nakivubo boys has won more laurels than any other local football institution. They have won 16 super league trophies, 8 Uganda cups and 3 CECAFA club cups all on their name.
But since absolute power corrupts absolutely, the fact is that the once glitzy club has failed to measure up with swift charging counter parts especially KCCA F.C as they have not won the top flight league since 2004 (under Milutin Sredojević).
Those are ten years down the road as of 2014 and the persistent trophy-less stint has robbed off the blues their proud cocky status to being mere league participants. The decline of the club though has been combination of factors ranging from short to long term.
As the adage goes that weak links can lead to collapse of a great dynasty.
The club can only be described as a spent force which is out of tune. Administrative wrangles, financial frailties and heavy rotation of players with coaches have all been close friends to the mighty club, the aforementioned opposites being the major pillars of a successful club. (Good administration, financial power and good players).
As life teaches that when someone falls down, he needs a hand to lift him up, Club household figure Emmanuel Ben Misagga saved the club from its darkest days.
His arrival rose expectations that life was about to get better bubbled around the country. Missaga clearly asserted that “I am happy that after trying to be president of this club in 2005 and some forces failed me, I have now officially taken over. I plan to turn this club around to see that it gets back to its winning ways.”
The resounding statement was to return the club back to its ‘winning ways’. His highly awaited regime saw the club experience reinforcements from up the administration down to the playing staff and even went further to change the home ground from Nakivubo stadium to Mityana Saaza ground.
The club is now awash with a new band of experienced players and new head coach (Sam Ssimbwa) showing a dedicated side looking for success head of them. Players like Steven Bengo, Musa Docca, Hassan Wasswa and Derrick Walulya, at a Club like SC Villa do carry considerable weight.
Misagga’s peso-flashing rebuilding process appears to be taking the club places. The club currently lay 2rd on the 16 man table with 33 points from their fifteen first round fixtures. Going by form book, SC Villa look to be the closest title contender. Sam Ssimbwa’s team are only two points shy of table topping vipers SC and a trio of points above defending champions KCCA F.C.
Another stat that should sound good to any Villa fan is that the jogoos are only eleven points at half season below last season’s general points (44points)