Even the most Gigantic started as a few people’s idea. This is the same case for Sports Club Villa; Uganda’s most successful football club.
Transforming from a village evening gathering of boys in the areas of Nakivubo to African Continental Club Championship Finalists and Uganda’s 16-time record league champions to the whims of extinction has been the story of Villa in its 45 years of existence.
What went wrong?
SC Villa became the first Uganda Club to play back-to-back continental club football before its 18th birthday and also lift the 16th record league title before its 30th birthday.
SC Villa got absorbed into the unmatched sporting success and slept on job for important matters of Ownership, Governance and Business. Even after being the first Ugandan Club to sell player (Magid Musisi RIP) direct to Europe in 1992 and obtain funds that were used to construct residential houses in the suburbs of Kampala, this was not enough to awaken the business potential that SC Villa had become.
The lack of ownership led to lack of proper governance systems that could create and supervise proper management. This gradually affected the sporting results and of course revenues became meagre too. The mighty SC Villa has since not won any league championship in the last 16 years and has romanced with relegation at some point.
Ownership Challenge Solved
In order to address the ownership challenge, the founders of SC Villa (then known as Nakivubo Boys then Nakivubo Villa and later as Sports Club Villa) have transferred the ownership of the club to the VILLA MEMBERS TRUST.
The VILLA MEMBERS TRUST is a body corporate, incorporated under the Trustee Incorporation Act (CAP 165). It is composed of Sports Club Villa fans (known as Members) who shall have paid annual membership subscription fees of 50,000 UGX.