Villa Rivals Crying Foul

With just a few rounds before the 201415 league ends, SC Villa remains on course to end an 11-year wait for a league title. However, the ascension hasn’t happened without controversy and has been questioned by some officials from Vipers, URA and KCCA, writes JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.

Last Tuesday, league organisers awarded Villa three points and three goals by forfeiture from their initial 1-1 draw against URA FC played on April 10.

This followed URA’s use of suspended midfielder Saidi Kyeyune, who had accumulated three yellow cards, and had to sit out that game. URA has since appealed the punishment.

In all, Villa’s total points secured by forfeiture this season rose to 12 and in all those games, the scores were level. URA FC secretary Henry Mayeku told The Observer that with all these boardroom points going to Villa, he suspects local football Fufa is helping Villa. Equally, Haruna Kyobe, the secretary of Vipers FC, and KCCA’s Peter Kibazo fear there is collusion between Villa and Fufa.

Referring to the aborted Villa-Express match in Mityana, Kibazo said: “The rules stipulate that the hosting team must provide security at games to thwart any hooliganism. But it was the guests [Express] condemned instead.”

But in awarding Villa the three points and goals in both scenarios, Express fans were found guilty of triggering the hooliganism, which entailed stone-throwing.

That said, Ivan Kakembo, the Villa CEO, said it was absurd that his club’s efforts could be watered down to that level. “Villa has had no administration for the last ten years. Now we have one. And that is reflected in our performances on the field. It’s not true that Fufa is aiding us.”

In regards to the recent three points secured from the URA game, Kakembo told The Observer Villa have a five-man team that tracks even the cards at every other club. And that is why they were able to know URA used an ineligible player.

Nevertheless, Kyobe cites incompetence on the part of UPL. “Both Caf and Fifa send information on suspended players to clubs and football associations in their competitions. Even when the USL was running the league between 2010 and 2012, they used to send all that information through email and clubs would never field an ineligible player.”

But Bainamani said UPL lacks the money to assign and pay match agents who can promptly send information immediately after games. In a nutshell, the current situation has strained Villa’s relationship with the other clubs. In fact, Kakembo told The Observer that they could not attend a clubs meeting last week to discuss the future of their parent body, the Fufa Super League (FSL), whose powers were stripped by Fufa recently.

He has petitioned Fufa to summon Kyobe to substantiate the allegations.

Interestingly, Villa and Vipers will square off in the penultimate round of fixtures.

That fixture could decide the destiny of title.

Source : The Observer


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