SC Villa will be included in the Uganda Premier League UPL fixtures after striking a deal with FUFA.
SC Villa chiefs led by new club CEO Muhammad Bazirengeede met the FUFA chiefs and ironed out their differences to have the club back playing football.
The country’s most successful club will kick off their league games on match day four according to Bazirengeede who was given all clear over the weekend.
Bazirengede said: “We had hoped to begin our season campaign on match-day three against Vipers SC this Wednesday, but following the recent challenges we have had with the Fufa licensing team, and ensuring that we fulfil their demands, the game against Vipers comes too early for us.”
The club CEO added: “The team enters residential camp, and will only be ready to start on match-day four.
According to the original fixtures, Villa should be playing against Police FC on Saturday, October 30.
But that will all be confirmed by the Uganda Premier League secretariat.”
On the venue SC Villa is expected to use to play homes games, the club’s deputy chief executive officer, Brenda Nambalirwa said: “We have returned to Njeru as had earlier been arranged by the club before we shifted to Kavumba recently.
So, we will be playing all our home games there until Namboole is available again in the future.”
Despite the ongoing mix up at the club, the head coach Petros Koukouras told the in house website that he has had enough training with his squad and believes he is ready for the season start.
Koukouras said: “We cannot wait to get started. In fact, we are looking forward to our first game. I had a chance of watching Arua Hills last week, and I felt they were a very good counter-attacking side. Yet, I still have no doubt, that we can go there and still put up a good performance.”
The Greek added: “Whether the pre-season time was enough or not, it does not matter now. It is what it is. We have to play the league, and we are expected to perform because this is Villa, the greatest club in this country.”
Koukouras, 33, went on: “I trust my players because every passing day we have worked together, I have seen them improve. They have shown on the training ground an improvement in their tactical awareness and overall application. I am happy with what they have been showing and I believe we are going to do well.”
SC Villa Technical bench:
Petros Koukouras (Head Coach), Jackson Kaddu Magera (1st Assistant Coach), Richard Amatre (2nd Assistant Coach), Mubarak Kiberu (Goalkeeping Coach), Phillip Ssozi (Junior Team Head Coach), Emmanuel Nakabago (Team Doctor), Michael Gumisiriza (Assistant Team Doctor)
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