Magumba, Tumusiime Cause Unrest at Villa Park
Tumusiime in blue playing for Villa.

Magumba, Tumusiime Cause Unrest at Villa Park


Fans boo sacking of two Villa players.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: January 8, 2005


Time of trouble looms at Villa Park following the club's top Executive's decision to axe the two long serving players Hakim Magumba and Robert Tumusiime.


It's alleged that the two senior star players were shocked last week when they went for their monthly salary, only to be told that they are no longer SC Villa players.

Their expulsion letters were expected to be endorsed by the club's president Franco 'Capo' Mugabe mid this week.

However the club fans are totally against the decision and have vowed to violently demonstrate against SC Villa management should the executive decline to reverse the decision to axe the two soccer stars. The fans argue that the two players should remain at Villa Park as models to the young players. They are calling for the heads of the club's technical chairman Tamale Kapeera and manager Chris Mubiru whom they accuse of being behind the players' forced exit.

The two leaders have been on loggerheads with the fans for long time on many counts. Kapeera is accused of mistreating senior players in addition to indulging in illegal transfer of players to other clubs while Mubiru is accused of sodomising players. Mubiru of course denies the allegation.

Some fans have even reached an extent of threatening to quit the club over the two players.

"If Magumba and Tumusiime are not returned at Villa park, I will never attend any Villa match again. Kapeera and Mubiru should leave instead," one of the club's staunch fans I only identified as Sula said on Tuesday January 3, 2006.

The two players have been key figures in villa's dominance over the last seven years.

Tumusiime has twice broken his right leg on club duty in the past two years and the angry fans see this as an awkward farewell to such a player.

Magumba on duty for Villa
Magumba on duty for Villa

Magumba commonly known as Boda Boda due to his ability to penetrate any defense arrived at Villa park in the 1997's season from Iganga Town council FC, a year before hard tacking defender Tumusiime signed from UMEME F.C. The pint – sized mid field maestro has been the over all club captain since Edgar Watson's retirement. Magumba is a darling to the fans due to his royalty and magnificent entertaining displays. Magumba is alleged to have been influential in signing many of the current players at Villa Park, particularly the crop of the Basoga, including Skipper Andy Mwesigwa, mid field internationals Dan Wagaluka and Emma Balyejusa who the fans predict will their master's exit.

Meanwhile, URA SC and Express FC are reportedly in the dark corners keeping their fingers crossed should the officials at Villa Park make the blunder of sacking the two players.

The only consolation to the Jogoos is the signing of goal keeper Salim Magoola from Mtibwa Sugar Works of Tanzania and the return of wonder kid Augustine Nsumba who are already training at Villa Park under club tactician Sam Timbe. The 19 year old play maker, had defected to Rwanda for greener pastures together with mid fielder Joseph Kabagambe early last year.

SC Villa lost the league cup last year, the first time in the last eight years and chasing two influential players is not a decision that will help their intentions to reclaim the title and roar for more continental titles.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: January 8, 2005
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.