At the height of SC Villa’s renaissance four years ago, the team was dominating news on and off the pitch. Villa matches had become must-watch games due to the high level of intensity they created and it was every fan’s dream to be at Villa games.
However, the hype surrounding Villa turned the club into a polarising entity; with Fufa viewing it as a threat to its authority; while the club trustees, many of whom had gone into slumber, resurrected to take back ‘what is theirs.’
So, I was least surprised when the two forces combined to frustrate the team’s efforts that culminated in my resignation as club president. However, the downward spiral the club has endured since then has vindicated the efforts of Villa’s administration from 2014 to 2018.
Over the weekend, I read with sadness how the team’s two buses are rotting away in a scrapyard yet the club is said to be funded by the biggest spare parts dealer in the country. Thing is, that is just a symptom of the rot at the club that is orchestrated by Moses Magogo, the Fufa president.
Magogo, having arisen in football circles through intrigue and greed, never wastes an opportunity when those two elements are involved. In spite of the clear conflict of interest, Magogo is still entrenched in Villa affairs to prevent a rise of a power centre and also use the club as a vehicle to sell players.
Until a few weeks ago, he had managed to manipulate the club hierarchy to accepting his clandestine plot to take over the club through proxies.
However, the intervention of courts pulled the plug on those plans but still; Magogo has not tired in his quest to take over the club. This has also placed him at loggerheads with the trustees that have lost trust in his promises.
At the moment, he has mobilised to have all the top youngsters in the country to join Villa in the hope of creating a dynasty he can use to sell the players while approaching their peak.
This is a two-year plan and it is for this reason that he engineered the hiring of Greek tactician Petros Koukouras recently. It is a design that Koukouras stays at Villa to acclimatize with Ugandan football so that within the next two years, he would be in position to take over a bigger role like Cranes coach.
In two years’ time, Magogo and his handlers hope the youngsters would have matured to play for the national team.
Meanwhile, friends close to The Cranes have intimated how coach Micho is angry with the whole team set-up. What is bothering him most is the fact that most players are past their peak yet Fufa expects him to take this team to Afcon and the World Cup.
Truth of the matter is that Fufa and Magogo know all too well that this team is poor and Micho can only labour to a decent result.
In fact, with his contract expiring in two years, don’t be surprised if Magogo replaces Micho with Koukouras to complete his mission of avenging Micho’s unceremonious departure a few years ago when he accused Fufa of swindling his salary. Therefore, Micho will be exposed as a failure when The Cranes fail to qualify for the premier competitions.
The plan will also have Koukouras take over the youngsters and raise their value on the market.
The author is Nyamityobora FC president