From a significant step in addressing ownership and governance, to considerable stability in coaching, it is fair to argue SC Villa could be pointed to the right direction.
Actually, for the Jogoos coach Edward Kaziba, the 16-time record Ugandan champions have not started a new season better prepared in a long time.
“From the players, my technical team to administration,” he told Daily Monitor ahead of their season opener away to Bul tomorrow, “We are satisfied with the way things have gone.
“I believe we have brought in good players and they also find a group that was together the whole of last season.
“That’s better for continuity,” added the man who led Villa to a third place finish in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) last season after surviving relegation the previous one.
“Even off the pitch... Governance issues are being addressed and we also signed a good deal with a fitness partner and medical. So we feel good.”
Villa recently entered a Shs2.4b deal with Ecopharm (Aspire Medical Centre) as their official medical partner, weeks after agreeing a partnership with Ultimate Fitness Kampala.
On the field of play, Villa saw 2018/19 marksman Bashir Mutanda and hot-shot young striker Charles Lwanga leave for Mbarara City and KCCA respectively, while a host others were either released or just walked away.
Starman David Owori was rumoured to be joining URA, but news is that he could be travelling to Spain for trials.
Trusts his players
“I think Owori is the only one that we, maybe, shall miss but the core of the team like Derrick Ndahiro and the like remain, and on top of that we have brought in a good mix,” said Kaziba.
Meddie Kibirige from Tooro United and Andrew Kiwanuka from Express are some of the new arrivals.
“I’m very confident with the crop that I have and I can tell you that with these, I feel strong that we can do better than last season.”
Villa will have to finish first or second to be better than last season.
Our projection is that while Villa have demonstrated that they can mount a challenge without necessarily having stars in their team, they are reasonably behind champions Vipers and KCCA in quality, for example.
The fight goes on
But Kaziba is bullish.
“The boys have responded very well in preseason and that is why I feel we can push to perform better than last season. We either maintain our position or finish better.”
The Jogoos, who announced themselves as a club now owned by members who pay an annual subscription of Shs50,000, will not open the season in their new kit tomorrow.
“We expect it in about two weeks,” confirmed the club CEO Shawn Mubiru. The kit is being manufacturered from Turkey.
Villa are still looking for their first league title since 2004, then under former Uganda Cranes Micho Sredojevic.
ABOUT SC VILLA
Name: SC Villa
Home Ground: TBC
Chairman (interim): William Nkemba
Manager: Edward Kaziba
Captain: Asuman Alishe
League Titles: 16
Last sSeason: 3rd