In a step to revive the club’s big following in the greater Masaka region, SC Villa patron Gerald Wasswa Kasozi plans to launch a mobilization campaign before the 2017/18 season kicks off next month.
Kasozi, who was recently appointed the club patron, says he has finalized arrangements for SC Villa to camp in and tour Masaka region as part of their pre-season warm-up programme.
During the three-week tour, SC Villa will play friendly matches against local select sides before the Uganda Premier League (UPL), which is tentatively slated to kick off on September 12, gets underway.
“We want to restore SC Villa’s pride at home first and spread to other parts of the country,” Kasozi said in an interview on Wednesday.
Traditionally, SC Villa, arguably Uganda’s most successful club with sixteen league titles and nine Uganda Cup trophies, used to have a huge fanbase in greater Masaka (which includes Masaka, Kalungi, Lwengo, Mawogola, Kalangala and Rakai districts) during the glory days in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s.
However, Villa, who last won the league title in 2004, have seen their following wane with limited success on the pitch. But Kasozi says they can revive SC Villa spirit with such things as sensitization activities in the club’s bastion.
“There are many supporters out there; we only need to show and remind them of SC Villa’s history to get onboard and the club will rule again,” Kasozi explained, adding that once they achieve togetherness the Jogoos will be serious title challengers this season.
Already, SC Villa has active fan branches in Kyotera, Lukaya, Lyantonde, Nyendo and Masaka town through which more than 12,000 fans are registered. SC Villa president Ben Misagga said they will also be on the lookout for local talent during the scheduled warm-up games.
“We want to make our people feel that this is their team and recruiting one or two more players from the area should be appealing,” Misagga said.
Earlier this week, the big-spending Villa boss brought in Nicholas Kasozi from lower division Synergy FC. Kasozi, a versatile player in the defence and midfield, is billed as a good addition to Villa’s squad ahead of the new season.