Rebuilding SC Villa’s has got a lot trickier and more painful than ever. Imagine starting a season when everyone on your team is almost new?
Maybe they have not been so good at spending a lot to have new signings, but the financial crisis even before the effects of the coronavirus pandemic could only define the Jogoo as a Club that will not be spending any penny to satisfy Edward Kaziba’s needs.
Nevertheless, Villa, like every other club in Uganda will have to be considerably shrewder in their transfer dealings at the end of the season. But how can they make the best use of their identity may be to add some free agents when the market opens up?
With the Jogoos in dire need for defensive reinforcements, a competent defensive midfielder, and cover for Bashir Mutanda, here are a few signings the 16-time Uganda Premier League champions could make from a talented pool of free agents available for the next transfer window.
Nicholas Kasozi, KCCA FC
There’s little doubt that the former Synergy anchorman would cut a divisive figure among the Jogoo faithful if he was to make the move to Villa Park next season. However, from a footballing standpoint, the KCCA FC man is simply a better option if he is available.
There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Nicholas Kasozi’s contract at KCCA FC, and it is reported that the defensive midfielder may force a move away from the Lugogo based side after falling off with the team Head Coach Mike Mutebi.
Kasozi still has a year running on his 3-year contract, and SC Villa could use the opportunity to regain the service of their former anchorman.
Robert Ssentongo, Kyetume FC
The 32-year-old certainly still knows where the goal is despite signs of decline. While his ability to unbalance defensive lines with his movements along with his capacity to combine and create for others makes him a great short-term fit for Kaziba.
Ssentogo’s contract with Kyetume FC expires at the end of 2019/20 season.
Steven Mukwala, Maroons FC
A persistent member of the transfer rumor mill, it finally looks like Steven Mukwala will depart Vipers at the next opportunity – with KCCA, BUL FC, and Villa among the sides chasing for the striker’s signature.
And while from a talent perspective he may not represent a monumental upgrade of Bashir Mutanda, Mukwala could be a great fit systematically at Kaziba’s Villa.
The former Edgars Youth FC youngster is having a performance of his life at Maroons FC where he is on loan from Vipers SC. But his contract will expire at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Mukwala is the leading top scorer of the Startimes Uganda Premier League with 13 goals.
Erisa Ssekisambu, KCCA FC
KCCA would be fools to let such a great talent depart this summer, but Ssekisambu is yet to sign a new contract deal at Lugogo despite the 25-year-old’s desires.
And while wingers aren’t necessarily Villa’s greatest priority, SC Villa – like all of Uganda’s big boys – shouldn’t miss out on the chance to sign the wide man if he does in fact become a free agent.
Ssekisambu could make a return to Villa Park for the 3rd spell after playing for the Jogoos in 2011/12 season and 2014/15.
Jonathan Mugabi, Kyetume FC
The Kyetume FC center-half has enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Startimes Uganda Premier League thus far and would be a fine option for a whole host of clubs chasing defensive reinforcements.
And currently, there are no signs of the former Sofapaka and Soana FC defender extending his contract for the slaughterers before the seasons’ up.
While not a top-level defender, Mugabi has shown signs this term that he could be capable of making the step-up and a potential rotational option for the Jogoos.