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JOGOOS IN THE HIPPOS FINAL SQUAD

SC Villa is well represented in Uganda’s national team, the Hippos, for the upcoming Dire Cup in Ethiopia and the subsequent All Africa Games in Accra, Ghana. Among the selected players are defender Cyrus Kibande, midfielder Abbas Kyeyune.

Additionally, Hakim Mutebi and Patrick Jonah Kakande will be showcasing their talents upfront. SC Villa’s influence extends beyond the players, with team doctor Michael Gumisiriza and Head coach Morley Byekwaso also part of the delegation.

This emphasizes SC Villa’s pivotal role in Ugandan football development and its contribution to the national team’s success.

The 23-man Hippos squad also comprises players from other clubs as shown below:

Travelling Squad to Ethiopia

Goalkeepers

Abdul Magada (Gaddafi FC), Shamulan Kamya (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Humphrey Oyirwoth (Bukedea Comprehensive School)

Defenders Haruna Lukwago (KCCA FC), Ibrahim Juma (CD Leganes), Enock Luyima (Vipers SC), Ronald Madoi (SFK Pierikos), Apollo Kagogwe (Wakiso Giants FC), Rogers Torach (Vipers SC)

Midfielders Innocent Kisolo (URA FC), Ivan Irinimbabazi (SFK Pierikos), Saidi Mayanja (KCCA FC), Allan Oyirwoth (Brook House College), George Isiagi (Brook House College)

Forwards Arafat Kizza Usama (KCCA FC), Darious Ojok (Maroons FC), Shafiq Magogo (Kitara FC), Alpha Thierry Ssali (Express FC), Bruno Bunyaga (URA FC)

Other Officials

Leader of Delegation – Dan Obote

Assistant Coach – Simeon Massa

Goalkeeping Coach – Stephen Billy Kiggundu

Equipment Manager – Frank Bumpenje

Media Officer – Joel Cornerious Kivumbi

FUFA President’s Office – Fred Katende

The Hippos are expected to kick off with the dire cup this Saturday.

JOGOOS EASE PAST SYNERGY FC TO REACH CUP ROUND OF 16

SC Villa hosted regional side Synergy FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32 on Sunday, February 18th, at Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.

In the 10th minute, The Jogoos displayed a full attack, aiming to open the scores, with Charles Lwanga missing a chance to meet Onzima’s cross.

By the 12th minute, Onzima’s shot went wide after a well-executed buildup with Ngonde Elvis.

The 20th minute saw a promising attack from SC Villa as they began utilizing the wings more frequently.

In the 25th minute, Charles Lwanga received a free cross from Kiwanuka, but Synergy’s keeper managed to punch the ball out of the area.

Another chance arose in the 30th minute as Charles Lwanga’s header bounced above the crossbar following a nice cross from Owori. Despite half an hour of play, there was still nothing to separate the sides.

However, just before halftime in the 44th minute, Charles Lwanga scored, opening the score for The Jogoos after some impressive interplay.

The second half started with a bang as @HakimKiwanuka1 marked his territory with a splendid solo effort in the 46th minute. SC Villa extended their lead in the 50th minute as Onzima Peter found the back of the net, assisted by Charles ‘Neymar’ Lwanga. In the 62nd minute, @HakimKiwanuka1 secured his brace with another goal. Substitutions were made in the 63rd minute by Dusan, bringing in Otim Andrew, Reagan Mpande, and Gavin Kizito.

A notable substitution occurred in the 69th minute as teenager Junior Niwamanya made his debut, replacing Arnold Odong. The 75th minute witnessed another goal for SC Villa as @reagan_mpande1 opened his Jogoo account with an assist from Otim. Despite a chance by Junior Niwamanya being ballooned in the 83rd minute, the young players Otim and Junior kept the defenders on their toes. An offside goal by Otim Andrew (Osimeni) was scored in the 86th minute.

The match concluded with a full-time victory for The Jogoos against Synergy FC, securing their place in the round of 16.

“I am happy that I made my debut today and kept a clean sheet. I thank the team for their hard work and for scoring many goals against our opponents,” noted Jeans Braddy Wokorach.

“We didn’t underestimate our opponents today, despite them being a third division club. We knew it wouldn’t be an easy game, so we followed the coaches’ instructions diligently. Now, we’ll prepare for our next fixture in the UPL,” added Braddy

The Jogoos will return to action on Saturday, February 24th, in the Startimes Uganda Premier League against Vipers SC.

SC Villa look focus on progressing to the next round in cup

SC Villa is set to host Masaka City regional side Synergy FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32. The Jogoos secured their spot in this round with an impressive 4-0 victory over SC Tawai in the round of 64.

Eager to maintain their winning momentum in the tournament, SC Villa faces a new challenge as they encounter Synergy FC for the first time. Synergy FC, having eliminated Mbarara City FC in the previous round, poses a formidable opposition.

However, SC Villa will be without players such as Defender Cyrus Kibande, midfielders Patrick Jonah Kakande, Umar Lutalo, Abas Kyeyune, and Hakim Mutebi, who are away on international duty with the Under 20s. Additionally, goalkeeper Norman Angufindru is sidelined due to injury.

Despite the absences, budding goalkeeper Jeans Braddy Wokorach emphasized the team’s preparedness and respect for their opponents in a pre-match interview.

He said, “We’ve not played with Synergy FC so far, and that means we will not be taking any chances. We are not undermining them because we know what such teams are capable of doing. We will go into the game with all the tactics given to us by the coaches, looking at just one thing – winning! We are only waiting to step on the green tomorrow.”

The match is scheduled to kick off at 4 pm and will be broadcast live on Fufa TV. Entrance fees remain at 10,000 UGX for ordinary tickets and 50,000 UGX for VIP access.

SC VILLA , KITARA SHARE SPOILS

SC Villa traveled to face Kitara FC on matchday 17 of the Startimes Uganda Premier League at Masindi stadium, resulting in a one-all draw. The game was filled with end-to-end action, with the home side striking first blood through Brian Aheebwa and Kakande’s late equalizer leveling the score for the Jogoos.

The match kicked off with both teams engaging in a tight contest. SC Villa earned the first corner of the day in the 5th minute, but Kitara’s goalkeeper, Chrispus Kusiima, denied Sekiganda’s header with a decisive punch in the 7th minute.

As the game progressed, Kakande was fouled by Jude near the box area in the 24th minute, but Semakula’s resulting shot sailed above the crossbar. Despite SC Villa’s dominance, they couldn’t find the breakthrough, with defender Cyrus Kibande and Patrick Kakande both coming close to scoring.

Tempers flared as Odong Arnold received a yellow card for a foul on Omedi in the 38th minute. Kakande was fouled at the edge of the box by Mucurezi in the 43rd minute, but Semakula failed to capitalize on the resulting free-kick.

The first half ended goalless, but controversy arose in the 54th minute when a goal for SC Villa was disallowed after Lwanga collided with Kitara’s Kusiima, resulting in a yellow card for Lwanga. Kitara seized the opportunity and took the lead in the 57th minute through Brian Aheebwa.

Despite SC Villa’s efforts to equalize, Sekiganda’s shot hit the crossbar in the 60th minute after a promising build-up with Kakande. Coach Dusan made his first substitutions of the day in the 65th minute, bringing on Andrew Otim (on Debut) and midfielder Lutalo Umar.

With the game reaching its climax, Patrick Jonah Kakande and the day’s man of the Match scored a crucial equalizer in the 84th minute, assisted by Mpande. However, tensions flared again in the 87th minute when Gavin Kizito and Kitara’s Frank Tumwesigye received yellow cards for a fist fight.

The game ended with both teams earning a hard-fought point from Masindi stadium. Forward Charles Lwanga expressed gratitude to the fans for their support and vowed to return stronger after correcting their mistakes.

“I thank the fans for rallying behind us Today, we came with a main focus of taking all the points home but we were short and only picked a point. We are returning home to build on that correct the mistakes and return back stronger.” 

Next up for the Jogoos will be the Stanbic Uganda cup tie against Buganda Regional side Synergy FC between 14th – 21st February at Muteesa II stadium Wankulukuku.

Junior and Andrew heightened to senior squad

Teenagers Junior Niwamanya and Andrew Otim have officially inked their inaugural senior contracts with Sports Club Villa.

Junior, a graduate of SC Villa’s junior team, has secured a senior deal with the Jogoo senior squad. Since joining SC Villa’s junior ranks in 2021, Niwamanya has remained a consistent presence, culminating in being crowned the top scorer of the 2022/23 FUFA Juniors League.

His promotion to the senior reserve team came after showcasing his prowess on the field, and he’s been diligently training, poised to make his mark on the senior stage.

Expressing his excitement, Junior Niwamanya remarked,

“Signing for the senior team is every academy player’s dream, and I’m thrilled to be living it. Despite the abundance of talent in the academy, being selected and securing my senior contract is an incredible feeling. I’m eager to achieve great things with this club, grateful for the supportive environment they’ve cultivated, and the trust they’ve bestowed upon me.”

FACT FILE:

Name: Niwamanya Junior
Position: striker/forward
Date of Birth: 10th August 2006
Former Clubs: SC Villa junior team

In a parallel move, Andrew Otim, another promising teenager, has committed to a four-year tenure with the Jogoo senior team.

Otim’s journey saw him honing his skills in school football at Buddo SS until completing his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 2023. His recent standout performance during the 2023 finale of the Wakiso region USSSA football championship caught the eye, paving the way for his entry into the senior ranks of SC Villa.

Reflecting on his aspirations, Andrew Otim shared.

“Playing for a prestigious club like SC Villa has always been my ambition, and now, it’s a dream realized. I’m grateful to the coaches for acknowledging my potential and offering me this opportunity. Joining the ranks of SC Villa, with its illustrious history, is an honor I deeply cherish. I’m eager to contribute my all to this esteemed club.”

Overflowing with enthusiasm, Otim added, “Here’s to the journey ahead, filled with countless memories waiting to be made. I’m ready to make my mark on the rich tapestry of SC Villa’s history, to roll up my sleeves and give my absolute best for this esteemed club. The faith placed in me is something I aim to repay with every ounce of effort.”

FACT FILE:

Name: Otim Andrew
Position: striker/forward
Date of Birth: 2 July 1999
Former Clubs: Buddo SSS
Contract: 4 years

Everyone at the club wishes the lads a fruitful start to their senior careers with the team.

THE JOGOOS VISIT KITARA FC

SC Villa will visit the “Oil City”-based side, Kitara FC, on matchday 17 of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Friday, February 9, 2024. It marks the Jogoos’ first outing since the second round kickoff.

GAME STATS
The Jogoos eagerly anticipate securing all three points as they face the Royals, needing just three points to equal the “oil city” dwellers. This encounter will be the third meeting between the two sides, each with a win to their name.

TEAM NEWS
SC Villa receives a boost with the return of Skipper Kenneth Semakula and midfielder Sekiganda Ronald, who were sidelined in the previous match due to card accumulation. While Umar Lutalo is available for selection, netminder Norman Angufindru is out with a toe injury.

Cyrus Kibande who made his debut in our second round opener at home had this to say.

“The task ahead is not an easy one, but I believe with what the coaches have provided, we will achieve the desired results. We eagerly await taking to the field,” stated Centre Back

The game will kick off at 4 pm at Masindi Stadium.

A VILLA PARK BRANCH MEMBER SUSPENDED

In a bid to fight hooliganism in Sports Club Villa , the club disciplinary committee wrote to Ali Kigongo of Villa Park branch indicating his suspension of two home matches. According to the letter, he is suspended for insulting match officials after the game against Maroons FC on 1st February Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.


“Following the disciplinary hearing held on February 7th 2024 regarding your conduct at the match between Sports Club Villa and Maroons on February 1st, the disciplinary committee has reached a verdict; you are suspended from attending the next two home matches which will be Vipers and Express Fc and you are required to re-attend a stewards training course” the letter by the committee members.


The disciplinary committee at SC Villa aims at upholding respect and integrity among the fan base all over.

“This serves as a warning that any act of hooliganism in the future will result in a lifetime ban from attending all Sports Club Villa home matches” SC Villa disciplinary committee stated.


John Bosco Ssebadduka Villa Park branch chairperson revealed that the punishment is worthy and should act as a lesson to the rest of the fans and members of the club.


“The ruling was fair and being a stadium steward, Kigongo is expected to be exemplary to the rest of the fans. We are summoning him for further caution as a branch on Wednesday next week and this helps us sensitize our fans.”

The disciplinary committee officials who sat sat on Sam Gubala Nadiope, Duncan Biyinzika and Dr. Kassim Senyange

TRIBUTE TO FORMER SC VILLA CEO JAMES SSEREBE

In memory of departed CEO James Sserebe, his appointment in July 2018 marked a turning point for SC Villa. Following a crucial meeting at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, an interim committee led by Eng. William Nkemba was formed to stabilize the club after Eng. Ben Misagga’s departure.

With James Sserebe as the acting CEO, the committee aimed to restore order and rectify previous issues. Facing a depleted squad, Sserebe worked tirelessly to recruit players and register them for the season, overcoming the challenges of a turbulent period.

The committee, including Mr. Norbert Kazibwe and Mr. Aaron Jjagwe, played a pivotal role in organizing elections within three months. Sserebe’s efforts continued, and by January, the squad was further strengthened with 13 experienced signings.

Sserebe’s dedication to saving the club from relegation was evident, working with limited resources and inheriting a challenging situation. His tenure lasted until September 11, 2019, when he handed over to Mr. Shawn Mubiru.

Narrated by Maj. D S Kavuma, a devoted SC Villa fan.

Today, on February 5th, we bid farewell to James Sserebe as he is laid to rest at Masooli Kyadondo. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

A brace by Kakande seals the Jogoos’ home win

SC Villa exhibited remarkable resilience, overcoming an early setback against Maroons FC at Muteesa II Stadium – Wankulukuku on matchday 16 of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Hakim Kiwanuka set the early pace, but it was Amaku Fred of Maroons who found the net first in the 7th minute.

Undeterred, SC Villa earned a free-kick in the 11th minute, only to be denied by Maroons’ goalkeeper Sebwalunnyo.

The Jogoos intensified their attack, with Kafumbe drawing a foul and a subsequent free-kick that tested Sebwalunnyo. Despite numerous chances, Kiwanuka and Kafumbe couldn’t convert.

As the first half concluded with the Jogoos trailing, halftime provided an opportunity for reflection and strategy adjustments.

Returning with renewed vigor, SC Villa pressed forward in the second half. Kakande was fouled near the box, leading to a blocked shot by Kafumbe. A deflected shot by Abas Kyeyune kept Maroons’ goalkeeper busy.

In the 60th minute, the breakthrough came as Patrick Jonah Kakande leveled the score, thanks to Abas’ donkey work. Substitutions brought fresh energy, with Reagan Mpande making his debut, replacing Hakim Kiwanuka.

Abas calmly beat his markers, setting up a scoring pace for Kakande in the 71st minute, who didn’t disappoint. Meddie Kibirige received a yellow card for a foul on Amaku in the 77th minute.

In the final stretch, manager Dusan made strategic substitutions, introducing David Owori, Onzima Peter, and UPL debutant Mukisa Simon. The Jogoos successfully held their ground, securing a well-deserved victory at full-time.

The day’s man of the match spoke to this website and noted:

“I am happy for the team’s performance today and getting two goals to my name. We conceded early, but we had to pull up our socks and work for the points. We shift our focus to our next game as we look forward to keeping the winning form intact.”

Today’s win shifts the Jogoos to fourth place on the log with 29 points. Next up will be a visit to Hoima-based Kitara FC on 9th February 2024.

SC VILLA KICKOFF SECOND ROUND AT HOME

SC Villa is gearing up for an electrifying clash as they host Maroons FC on match day 16 of the Startimes Uganda Premier League, marking the  start of the competition’s second round.

Team Stats
In their last five encounters, the Jogoos have dominated, clinching victory in three and securing a crucial draw away. A win in this match could potentially shake up the standings, with the Jogoo currently fifth, just two points below their formidable opponents, Maroons.

Team News

The stage is set for some heart-pounding action as Skipper Kenneth Semakula and midfielder Sekiganda Ronald sit out due to card accumulations, while Norman Angufindru nurses a toe injury. Umar Lutalo faces a nail-biting late fitness test for potential selection. The rest of the squad is raring to go, fit and ready for battle.

Goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige exudes confidence in the coaches’ tactical masterplan.

“Maroons is no walk in the park, but our coaches have meticulously prepared us across all fronts to ensure we snatch those crucial points.”

Goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige exudes confidence in the coaches’ tactical masterplan.

“Maroons is no walk in the park, but our coaches have meticulously prepared us across all fronts to ensure we snatch those crucial points.”

Reagan Mpande is Here

Sports Club Villa has successfully secured the talents of striker Reagan Mpande, sealing a promising three-year contract lasting until January 2027. Hailing from the ranks of Ndejje University and AruaHill SC, Mpande brings a desire of experience to SC Villa’s striking department.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Mpande remarked, “It’s a good move for me. SC Villa is a club with exceptional coaches dedicated to player development. I’ve received a warm welcome, and I’m eagerly anticipating the action in the upcoming second round.”

The Jogoos, thrilled with the acquisition, extend their best wishes to Mpande for the season ahead. As the club embraces a forward-focused strategy, Mpande’s addition is poised to be a significant boost.

Player Profile:
•⁠ ⁠Name: Mpande Reagan
•⁠ ⁠Position: Forward
•⁠ ⁠Date of Birth: 7th October 2006
•⁠ ⁠Former Clubs: Ndejje University, AruaHill SC
•⁠ ⁠Contract Duration: 3 years (2024 – 2027)

SC Villa looks forward to witnessing Mpande’s prowess on the field, confident that his skills will contribute to the club’s success in the seasons to come.

SC Villa travel to Dokolo

On Thursday, January 25th, SC Villa will visit Dokolo-based side SC Tawai in the Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 64. This marks the first encounter between the sides, and the Jogoos are certain they will root for maximum points in order to advance to the next round.

Team News:

Goalkeeper Norman Angufindru is on rest, whereas midfielder Umar Lutalo is still recovering and will not be present for this fixture.The rest of the squad is available for selection.

While speaking to this website, skipper Kenneth Semakula is certain that the team is prepared, and the squad will not be taking any chances.

“I call upon the fans to be with us as we travel away and start the Stanbic Uganda Cup journey for this 50th Edition!” he added.

The game kicks off at 4PM at Angweibange P/S Play Ground – Dokolo

SC Villa quartet Leads Uganda Cranes in International Friendly Against Kuwait

Four SC Villa players, including Skipper Kenneth Semakula, Youngster Patrick Jonah Kakande, Gavin Kizito, and Ronald Sekiganda, have secured spots in the final traveling squad of the Uganda Cranes set to face Kuwait in an international friendly

Unfortunately, Lutalo Umar was dropped from the squad due to a muscle injury and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the club training grounds.

The quartet from SC Villa was among the 22-man traveling squad named by Uganda Cranes Head Coach Put Paul Joseph. The team departed for Cairo, Egypt, on Monday at 6 p.m. (EAT).

The entire traveling squad is exclusively comprised of players plying their trade in Uganda. The Uganda Cranes are scheduled to play against Kuwait on Friday, January 19th, in Cairo, Egypt.

Travelling Uganda Cranes Squad:

Goalkeepers: Hannington Ssebwalunyo (Maroons FC) and Tom Ikara (BUL FC

Defenders: Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Rashid Okocha (NEC FC), Patrick Bayiga (Maroons FC), Rogers Torach (Vipers SC), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers SC), Nicholas Mweere (BUL FC), and Hudu Mulikyi (URA FC)

Midfielders: Ronald Ssekiganda (SC Villa), Ashiraf Mugume (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Ramz Kawooya (Express FC), Laban Tibiita (URA FC), and Allan Oyirwoth (MYDA FC)

Forwards: Nelson Senkatuka (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Alex Kitatta (BUL FC), Denis Omedi (Kitara FC), Usama Arafat Kiza (KCCA FC), Patrick Jonah Kakande (SC Villa), and Muhammad Shaban (KCCA FC)