Police, SC Villa fans Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
SC Villa fans break VIP barrier at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

A week ago, the gigantic premier league clash between Vipers and SC Villa at St. Mary’s Kitende saw ugly scenes in the stands.

A section of away fans were bitter when referee Alex Muhabi waved play on after the ball hit Shafik Bakaki’s arm inside the area at the stroke of half time prompting them to go violent damaging a barrier that separates the VIP section from the away fans.

Thankfully, the match didn’t abort as the hosts smiled at the final whistle with three points thanks to a beautiful free kick from Tom Masiko.

Since then, a lot has happened with SC Villa docked two points, manager Muhammad Jumba and goalkeeper Samson Kirya banned for four and two games respectively and the club fined Ugx. 1 million.

[/media-credit] Lawrence Mulindwa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

But before that, Vipers president Lawrence Mulindwa had called a presser in which he didn’t only condemn the acts of hooliganism but went overboard to mock the Jogoos for failure to construct even a pit latrine at Villa Park for all the years they existed.

He went further to label them as ‘measles’ for failure to have a permanent home ground insisting they are not a big club without infrastructure despite their trophy record.

“I don’t think fluking trophies is a basis of a big club,” he said. “Even Paidha Black Angels nearly won the Uganda Cup last season so should we have called them a big club because of that,” a bitter Mulindwa asked.

Villa has been in existence for all the years but what do they have? Even Villa Park has no pit latrines.  Infrastructure is the basis of success but they keep moving from stadia to another like measles. And they did (damaging stadium) it out of jealous that they wanted everything to be destroyed.

[/media-credit] The SC Villa Executive Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

This opened a war of words from the Villa Park faithful with club Vice President Peter Ssekungu stating that Mulindwa said all he said out jealous against the 16-time champions jealous.

Mr Mulindwa should know that his stadium isn’t a glass,” Senkungu remarked in a Daily Monitor interview.

Should we just keep quiet when some people are using money to get results? We have won 16 trophies but you won’t hear anyone saying we connive with referees. He (Mulindwa) is just jealous of our reputation

SC Villa assistant coach and former striker, Paul Mukatabala also nearly echoed same sentiment with a Facebook post that read

#SCVILLAJOGOOSSALONGO…… 
#16times league Champions, #9times Uganda Cup Champions, #2consecutive Africa Club Cup finalists,#3times CECAFA Club Cup Champions, #1time EA HEDEX Cup Champion, #6doubles(Ssalongo)……. 
Now that’s #BIG, a name instantly recognisable in this region, Africa and #CAF….. ???

Looking at the reaction from both parties, it doesn’t help the fight against the vice but may instead instill more hatred which in turn maybe more violent.

At this time, I would expect the management at SC Villa to sensitize their fans about the fact that hooliganism has no room in modern football regardless of the decisions by the match officials.

Like Mulindwa echoed, rivalry is much needed in football but not one that turns physical and this is arguably the best time for all stakeholders to put a halt to stadium violence stands.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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