Managerial Cancer Destroying Villa
Sam Timbe.

Managerial Cancer Destroying Villa


What's up with SC Villa?

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: February 19, 2006


Once the most organized club in the country if not in East and Central Africa, SC Villa finds itself in the sack of the laughing stock and nothing else other than the managerial cancer beleaguering the Nsambya based club.

Unless an expertriotic Doctor is hired in time, Ugandas most celebrated club is on verge of becoming history in the soccer dictionary.

As a scapegoat, the top executive in conjunction with the fans are heaping blame on the team tactician, Sam Timbe for the teams performances in the Super league while the vibrant fans coordinator Engineer Ben Emmanuel Missaga is next on the firing squad.

The innovative youthful leader is accused of failing to present the accountability of funds generated from his Maize and Rice projects which he initiated last year. Yes, as a coach, Timbe might share the blame for the poor league results but it is the management that seems to be blundering from all cylinders.

In a space of just a year and half, the club has lost the cream of the squad without capo Mugabes executive bothering for replacements, leaving Timbe with only a skeleton squad dominated by junior players from the teams nursery. Even if Timbe hands over the job to Jose Mourinho, he will need more than luck to win any silver ware.

Goalie, Posnet Omony and defense kingpin, Timothy Batabaire were sold to South Africas Bloemfontein Celtics, so were left full back, Nestoy Kizito to Serbia, Denis Onyango to St George of Ethiopia, hit man, Bernard Mwalala to Yanga of Tanzania, Simeon Masaba and Hannington Kalyesubula to Police FC while Malidadi Bukenya, Ismail Kigozi, Alex Isabirye, Phillip Obwiny and Osama Farouk were all axed at once for various reasons.

Midfielders, Emma Balyejusa, Morley Byekwaso together with defender, Godfrey Katerega are the latest crop of players to defect to Kigali.

Inspirational goalie, Denis Onyango left the club last season but the executive never bothered to find replacements, knowing very well that his understudy, Yassin Mugabi from the teams nursery was too young to absorb the pressure of SC Villas magnitude. No wonder all the games lost are credited to the 17-year-old student.

Salim Magoola all the way from Mitbwa Sugar Works of Tanzania even trained with the team during the pre-season but the bosses at Villa Park failed to get his signature because he had demanded for a signing fee of 2 million shillings when the club had just secured 15 millions from Mwalalas transfer to Yanga.

Sam Timbe
Sam Timbe


It is too early to forget that it is the same man, Timbe who last year led the team to Tanzania for the CECAFA club championship with all odds against his team and lifted the trophy together with 54 million shillings, writing a record as the first team to win the championship without conceding any goal throughout the whole tournament.

After the fans assuring him to lose his head should he attempt to re-appear at Villa Park? The teams junior side tactician, together with the club trainer, Ibrahim Kirya, has taken the mantle throughout the whole week.

The crisis can only surprised a few as it was predicted, especially after the resignation of the clubs key financier, Ahmed Mandela, manager, Tusher Ruperalia and his assistant William Kemba and worsened by the tragic death of the club brain Kevin Aliro.

To add salt to the wound, the few personalities like Missaga who have come out to rescue the situation, are seen as rebels with an intention of overthrowing Franco Mugabes government.

Missaga, initiated the Maize and Rice income generating projects with an ambition of turning the club from depending on only gate collection. Barely after a short period, his project started bearing fruits as the World Food Program tendered him to supply them over 20,000 tons annually. Such innovations coupled with his good public relations have earned him fame among the club fanatics though angering the top executive who thinks that he is campaigning for the top chair.

The executive demands accountability from him, forgetting that by mandate Missaga is only accountable to the fans because they are the ones who voted him not the executive as in almost a decade, the executive has never shown its accountability to the fans.

But its not over, being the countrys face of football, all stakeholders should put the pieces together. If every one performs his or her role, the team might resurrect as we have seen even greater clubs in likes of Real Madrid and Liver pool crumbling but managing to resurface, after all football is a game of ups and downs.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: February 19, 2006
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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.