Hajji Omar Ahmed Mandela, the new president of SC Villa, has promised to restore the club’s glory days.
Mandela made the announcement after officially taking over as the newly elected club president on Saturday, succeeding Ben Immanuel Misagga.
Since Misagga resigned in an unceremonious manner in 2018, the Jogoos have been led by William Nkemba on an interim basis until November 13, 2021.
Hajji Omar Ahmed Mandela, who ran unopposed in the elections, emphasized the importance of hard work after being declared the winner by Villa Electoral Commission chairman Isaac Walukagga.
“Mine is very short, I don’t have a lot of words to say,” said Mandela.
“We have come here to work. We have a lot of work to do. And I promise you, we shall work,” he added.
Nkemba, who handed him the reins of power, wished the new team well and pointed out areas that needed to be addressed if the club was to return to its former glory.
“I congratulate the new team upon this victory,” he started.
“I point to you the following issues; the review and harmonization of the trust deed and the club statutes, distinction of roles of the club Secretariat, the VMTs (Villa Members Trust), the Executive, the Congress and the Trustees, setting up a comprehensive youth structure, ensuring the club gets home and also recruit the right players.”
Nkemba also thanked everyone who has worked hard to keep the club afloat in the face of adversity. Specifically coaches Moses Basena, Douglas Bamweyana, and Edward Kaziba.
The former SC Villa defender has also expressed his complete support for the new executive.
It has been a long three months at the club since the initial elections were halte due to an injunction filed by a woman named Brenda Nambalirwa Kawuma, who claimed irregularities in the process.
Meanwhile, Mandela’s interim executive will include Misagga, Daniel Bakaki, Hajji Salim Ssemmanda, and Mohammed Bazirengedde, with former President Franco ‘Capo’ Mugabe as patron.
SC Villa is Uganda’s most successful club in history. Having won 16 league titles, four Kagame Cups, and nine Uganda Cups, as well as appearing in two continental finals.
However, they have not won a league title since 2004 – coincidentally, when Mandela was still a member of the club.