There is a raging battle between two StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) giants over a young, prized gem of a player.

SC Villa and KCCA are engaged in a bitter dispute over U20 youngster Isma Mugulusi after the former unveiled him as their latest signing at the weekend.

“Joining SC Villa is one of the easiest decisions of my career,” said Mugulusi in his first interview with the club, “To the Villa fans, I am here to win.”

The young midfielder joined on a free transfer and signed a two-year contract.

But 13-time league champions KCCA are contesting the move and have lodged an appeal to the Fufa Player’s Status Committee.

In a letter signed by their Chief Executive Officer Anisha Muhoozi, KCCA say Mugulusi is contracted to them.

“KCCA FC signed an agreement with Isma Mugulusi using the stipulated Fufa guidelines on the status and transfer of players relating to minors on June 30, 2020,” read in part the letter.

“A four-and-half-year contract for the services of the player was signed by both the player and the parents on June 30, 2020, as a free agent.”

“The agreement was effective January 1, 2021, as requested by the player’s parents.

“The understanding was that the player completes his UACE education from Busoga SS, which was anticipated to be finalized by December 2020.”

The statement added:  “The club proceeded to pay all the sign-on fees as agreed between both parties.

“The club has accordingly been paying the player his requisite monthly allowance since January 2021.

“The club then agreed with the player and his parents to forfeit registering him in January 2021 to enable him to complete his education, and thereafter, the club would then register him for the upcoming 2021/22 season.”

Should the move be sanctioned by Fufa, Mugulusi would become the second Villa signing following the arrival of Kenneth Ssemakula from Bul Bidco.

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