In Summary
  • That has left Basena conducting continuous trials to test every player that thinks they have what it takes.
  • He has already attracted experienced players, most of whom free agents, who are training with him.
  • Soccer. Uganda’s wobbling giants SC Villa continue to rebuild after a transfer window of uncertainty and news that defender Nsubuga is not leaving the club will have given coach Moses Basena’s preparations a big shot in the arm

Kampala. There was a sense of new beginnings as SC Villa darling Nestroy Kizito started work as Moses Basena’s assistant in earnest on Tuesday at Namboole.
The two were occasionally seen exchanging notes as Villa prepare for their Pilsner Super 8 match against URA tomorrow.
“I’m back home and excited about the opportunity to serve SC Villa,” said Kizito.

The willingness from the players, most of whom are desperate to make Basena’s cut as the coach looks for a team to work with in the upcoming season, is there.
Whether that can be turned into real grind on the football pitch remains to be seen as the Jogoos rebuild after losing most of their star players to, you could argue, better suitors.

Defender Joseph Nsubuga, the likely candidate to replace departed Bernard Muwanga as captain, and Ambrose Kirya are some of the most notable experienced players left from last season’s team.
And Nsubuga is committing to staying put and helping Villa back to thekr feet although he himself and Kirya will have to wait a little longer before they can help because they are fighting to shake of injuries.

“The situation we are in demands that we who are around take charge and fight for the club,” said Nsubuga.
“Villa is a big club but we have lost many good players. Personally and with my colleagues we are doing our best to get us moving again.’
Almost the entire backline of Henry Katongole (Vipers) and Muwanga, plus midfielders Nicholas Kasozi and Allan Kyambadde (all KCCA) have since moved on.
That has left Basena conducting continuous trials to test every player that thinks they have what it takes.

He has already attracted experienced players, most of whom free agents, who are training with him.
These include former KCCA defender Habib Kavuma, Villa returnee Mike Serumaga and ex-Proline Savio Kabugo among others.

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