SC Villa's lead fan Abdallah Byaruhanga

Uganda’s most successful football club, SC Villa held their first ever Congress on Saturday, 17th July 2021.

The inaugural Sports Club Villa Congress (VCC) yielded the projected fruits with the passing of the club statutes, discussed the business and sporting status of the club, set a date for election, passed a budget of Shs. 100,000,000 for 8 new players and resolved to create the Villa Team Fund (VTF).

Whereas a fraction of the Congressmen physically attended at the club’s office premises in Industrial Area – Kampala, a lion’s share of the members keenly followed online – via ZOOM.

Interim club chairperson Eng. William Nkemba, a former club player chaired the Congress intended to restore sanity into the club, laying a clear roadmap to the club’s unknown future; fast forward with the elections.

It was resolved that the elections that will bring in a stable and firm leadership at the club on all levels will be held on 28th August 2021.

Nkemba in his address retaliated the urgent need to establish continuous youth structures, ensure good leadership, build a vibrant technical and playing staff as well as rebrand the club.

We are here as SC Villa Congressmen and women to lay strategies that will build the club, restore its glory. There is need to build a vibrant technical team, lay a good road map to presidential elections, establish continuous youth structures, rebrand SC Villa, recruit massively and ensure a fluid financial flow.

Eng. William Nkemba, Interim SC Villa President
Eng. William Nkemba, Sports Club Villa interim president (Credit: John Batanudde)
SC Villa CEO Shwan Mubiru and the Ecopharm counterpart Iddi Lwumbwe Credit: SC Villa

Club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shawn Mubiru presented the present business and sporting status of the club, clearly pointing to the past, present and future times of the club.

The FUFA boss, Moses Magogo, a known SC Villa fanatic also attended the congress via zoom.

Magogo used the opportunity to categorically put it clear about his personal love for the club and never to influence who will be next president.

“I am SC Villa inside out. I do not have any interests in any position of SC Villa neither influence the position of leadership or even decide the leadership. I yearn to see a rebranded SC Villa. There are different ways of getting to Heaven and we must all accept it” Magogo stated as he presented the club statutes that are meant to rhyme along the FUFA, CAF and FIFA structures.

FUFA President Moses Magogo

“This is a long and painful journey. We need to go back to Villa spirit as we look for progress. We need to agree in principle for the benefit of SC Villa” Joseph Kigozi, a communications director at the club disclosed.

The congress resolve to start the Villa Team Fund for raising funds from individuals and organizations meant to clear arrears (over Shs. 504M), future team salaries and signing fees for new players.

The fund steering committee will be managed by the club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and three members of the congress.

Going forward, Shs. 100,000,000 was set as sign-on fees for the 8 important new players.

The Villa executive in 2001. Standing L-R: late Edward Luyimbazi Mugalu, late Kevin Ogen Aliro, Vincent Bbale Mugera, Wilberforce Tazenya, William Nkemba and Chris Mubiru. Sitting L-R: Ahmed Omar Mandela, Late Henry Balamaze Lwanga, Franco Mugabe, late Joe Muganzi and Sam Tamale Kapeera who has passed on Credit: The Observer

Background:

SC Villa had humble beginnings in 1975, playing under the name Nakivubo Boys. The club was renamed Nakivubo Villa, and finally SC Villa Jogoo.

SC Villa Jogoo won promotion to the top flight of Ugandan football in 1979.

The club has won more laurels than all other Ugandan football clubs combined.

They have won 16 league titles and 9 Ugandan Cup titles.

 SC Villa was the first Ugandan club to clinch a local double, in 1986.

Sports Club Villa Credit: SC VILLA MEDIA

That record was extended to six “Doubles” in 2002. From 1998 through 2004, they won seven consecutive championship titles.

Today there is no single local or regional trophy on which SC Villa’s name is not inscribed.

The club has played in two consecutive finals of the CECAFA Clubs Cup and the CAF Cup in 1991 and 1992, respectively.

 The club trains at Villa Park in Nsambya, Kampala and currently hosts their home matches at the Army Military Barracks playground in Bombo.

SC Villa XI Vs Vipers

Club Leadership:

  • 1975 – 1979: Daniel Musoke Kiwalabye (Assumed office as Founding Chairman of Nakivubo Boys)
  • 1979 – Dec 1993: Patrick Edward Mayengo Kawooya (Assumed office through consensus with founding members)
  • Dec 1993 – July 2010: Franco Mugabe (Assumed office through Delegate Members’ Election)
  • Aug 2010 – July 2012: Fred Muwema (Assumed office through Club Elders’ Appointment)
  • Aug 2012 – Jul 2014: Interim Committee (Assumed office through consensus with Club Elders and Members)
  • Aug 2014 – Jul 2018: Ben Immanuel Misagga (Assumed office through Delegates’ Election)
  • Jul 2018 – To date: Interim Committee headed by William Nkemba (Assumed office through Club Elders’ Appointment)

Sporting Achievements:

Ugandan Premier League: 16

  • 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Ugandan Cup: 9

  • 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2015

CECAFA Clubs Cup: 3

  • 1987, 2003, 2005

13 CAF Champions League Appearances: 1983 (Quarter-Finals), 1985  (1st Round), 1987 (Second Round), 1988  (Second Round), 1991 (Finalist), 1993 (Quarter-Finals), 1999 (Second Round), 2000 (Preliminary Round), 2001 (Second Round), 2002 (First Round), 2003 (First Round), 2004 (First Round), 2005 (First Round)

1 CAF Confederation Cup Appearance: 2010

2 CAF Cup Appearances:1992 (Finalist) and 1994

3 CAF Cup Winners’ Cup Appearances: 1984 (Quarter-Finals), 1989 (First Round) and 1990 (First Round)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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