After officially taking over management at SC Victoria University, new chairman Muhammad Nsereko has hailed predecessor Simo Dubajic for the investment.
The Kampala Central MP said this in a press briefing held at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala where it was officially revealed that he acquired 70% of the shares though he remained tightlipped on the monetary value of the shares.
Simo; your contribution is immeasurable and we shall continue to call on your counsel. History will reckon this moment. We want to continue great things and support us in this quest. We are the shining stars of this country and our program is not short term and we shall try to be as professional as possible.
With the current turmoil in Ugandan football administration, Nsereko admitted that it’s a big challenge it is venturing into football administration but said he is ready.
I have fought bigger wars than this and am ready to surmount the challenges. This is a huge test to our generation and leadership but what a time to come to Football. Football has been my passion and i am dedicated to making it work.
Simo who took over the club in 2011 said that he will remain a loyal fan and will always be available when needed in the day to day running of the club. He said the strategic partnership follows challenges they have faced and hopes this partnership will bring 100% commitment.
“This partnership will bring 100% commitment to club as we share the same view of where we want Ugandan football to be with my new partner.”
Am resigning as chairman of SCVU but i will remain a nationalist, any knowledge with contacts, plus views and i will participate so that this project remains as a model of professional football in Uganda. As a club, we had challenges and I reached time when I could not be involved in the day to day running of the club and as such had to look for strategic partnership
Simo quashed reports that his management had failed to honour player contracts as per financial obligations.
“Regarding the financial aspects, all our obligations to the players were met prior to this partnership. Players had marketing contracts too which have all been honoured as per statutory obligations of employer to employee.”
“But of course there where performance based contracts and those can’t be honoured if a player fails to meet the requirements. For instances, players reporting to training drunk of even failing to attend training,” he stressed.
“Football is not only on the pitch, it is discipline in other aspects too. This club has structures, systems and a code of conduct so that if our players left Uganda, they remain professional.”
SC Victoria University is one of the two clubs alongside Vipers SC that refused to sign the Supersport deed of adherence and Simo had this to tell the press.
About the deed of adherence with Supersport and USL in 2012, i did not sign because the deed did not look out for the welfare of the club. As for 2014, I did not sign the deed because of the very same reasons in 2012.The deed was even more complicated.
Highlights in SC Victoria University Profile
Earned promotion to the Uganda Topflight in 2012
In its first year in 2012/13, SC VU finished second in the league and won the Uganda Cup
The club won the inaugural CECAFA Nile Basin Cup in Sudan in 2014