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Villa coach left to hope for the best

Sixteen-time record national champions SC Villa have so far been reduced to a letting club rather than enforcing moves in the domestic transfer market.

The above has left coach Edward Kaziba frustrated and only hoping for the best.

Villa first lost their prized young striker Charles Lwanga to KCCA after the boy asked to leave apparently because of lack of enough playing time.

Weeks later, their best player in the 2018/19 season, Bashir Mutanda, also asked to be released after he failed to agree with the club on an undisclosed sign on fee.

Now, Daily Monitor reports that one of their most experienced players Ambrose Kirya, and Villa’s important forward David Owori, the latter said to be headed to URA, are also on their way out.

“There are players leaving, that is true,” admitted Kaziba, “They are leaving because their demands could not be met by the club.”

Kirya and Owori are each reported to have asked for a Shs25m sign on fee before agreeing to any contract extensions, although Villa are said not to have been so keen on the former.

Interestingly for Owori, Villa tabled Shs10m sign on fee but the player insisted on Shs25m, plus some of his arrears.

Samson Kirya, who has been out injured for close to two seasons, could also be on his way to Wakiso Giants, the newspaper further reports.

The goalkeeper failed to secure his preferred salary increment at Villa, who said they could only look into it basing on his performances next season.

“I don’t feel good about it (players leaving) but again we have to move on,” explained coach Kaziba, “So we have to get other players definitely.

“Definitely it hurts but there are still some other good players at the club. It (losing his best players) does not fit into my ambitions for the club but it is something that I can’t do anything about.

“My bosses couldn’t come through on the players’ demands but at the end of the day we have to work.

“I spoke to the players and they told me their side of the story, then I spoke to my bosses, they also told me their side and so we are in such a situation, which is not good really.”

The club are also releasing Yayo Lutimba after deciding against renewing his contract.

Villa CEO Shawn Mubiru said “for Bashir Mutanda, his contract was coming to an end and both parties agreed to part ways.

“Then for Lutimba, we communicated to him that we shall not be renewing.

“But for Ambrose Kirya, David Owori and Samson Kirya, we are still in talks for extensions.”

SC Villa finished the 2019/20 season third behind new champions Vipers SC and KCCA.

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