On Sunday October 2, 2016, SC Villa president Ben Immanuel Misagga sacked Coach Deo Sserwadda just seven games into the new season.
The club supremo wasn’t impressed with the team’s 4-3 away loss to newcomers Onduparaka on Saturday and that prompted him to press the sack button.
Sserwadda leaves the Jogoos in 4th with 12 points; six behind leaders KCCA who have played one more game.
Under the club’s former fullback, they have won three, drawn as many and lost just once scoring 10 goals and conceded just 5.
But that couldn’t save Sserwadda who allegedly signed a performance based probation deal that demanded he wins 6 out 6 games at the league beginning.
“He signed a deal that demands he wins all the first six games in the season,” confirmed club CEO Ivan Kakembo.
But if that was the case, why didn’t the Blues get rid of him on day one after the unfortunate barren draw against Police?
While unveiling Sserwadda and his coaching staff, club Vice President Technical Peter Ssekungu stated that if an axe is wielded on him, so will be his assistants.
But on sacking Sserwadda, Shafik Bisaso his assistant was handed the head coaching role in acting capacity while goalkeeping tactician Christopher Lobbo was relegated to manage the U-17 side.
Speaking to Bisaso, he said his terms of contract were so different from his boss and that he never agreed to a clause that demanded 6 out 6 for the start.
“My contract terms are different although we all signed a two year deal,” he stated. “But there are clauses I refused to adhere to that he did. For instance, there was no way I could sign to win 18 points in as many points,” he added.
But Sserwadda isn’t the first the victim of the trigger happy Misagga. In a space of 2 and half seasons, four other coaches plus a technical director have been sacked at Villa Park.
Former SC Villa midfielder Steven Bogere was the first culprit to face Misagga’s wrath just three games into the 2014/15 season.
Despite winning two out of three games, Bogere was shown the exit after failing to win his third game against Police in Kavumba.
Then came the flamboyant Sam Ssimbwa who lasted for only four months in charge before facing the axe.
He was replaced with Ibrahim Kirya but only on interim basis and he went on to lift the Uganda Cup and guided the club to second in the league.
This didn’t earn Kirya a permanent job and was relegated to assistant as Spanish Antonio Flores was named for the hot seat.
Like his predecessors, it wasn’t long before he was axed as Kirya once again returned on interim basis only to be axed at the end of the 2015/16 campaign in which SC Villa didn’t only finish 4th in the league but also lost the Uganda Cup.
His successor hasn’t lasted more than three months and we await to see how long Bisaso and or any new coach will last.
Bisaso is safe for now, but the red flags are already fluttering.
SC VILLA COACHES UNDER MISAGGA
Steven Bogere (Sep 2014-October 2014)
Sam Ssimbwa (October 2014-March 2015)
Ibrahim Kirya (March 2015-July 2015)
Antonio Flores (July 2015-October 2015)
Ibrahim Kirya (October 2015-June 2016)
Deo Sserwadda (July 2016-October 2016)
Frank ‘Video’ Anyau (Worked as Technical Director in 2015/16 season)