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UPL: Villa Board Defends Basena, Condemns Fan Hooliganism

SC Villa has come out to defend club coach Moses Basena despite a poor start in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

The defence follows a recent outburst from the club fans who assaulted Basena during and after the game at Kavumba where Villa lost 2-1 to Mbarara City on Matchday six.

“Management is concerned about reports of assault and abuse of our coach Basena by rowdy fans in a match against Mbarara,” reads a document in part, from SC Villa, received by this website.

The doc signed by interim club chairman William Nkemba continues: “Basena remains in charge of all coaching duties of the club and shall continue to execute his role as per the agreed terms of his employment contract.”

Moses Basena

The loss in Kavumba was the third Villa has suffered – the 16 time record winners remains winless in six attempts.

Villa has collected three points, and sit second from the bottom of a 16-team log in the Uganda Premier League.

With the records in shade, it is reported that this is the poorest start for Villa in their rich history.

It should be remembered that also during and after the goalless draw with URA at Namboole, Villa fans shouted ‘get out’ and ‘resign’ rants towards Basena.

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Mr Nkemba condemned hooliganism and urged all the Villa fans to desist from harassing and interfering with club staff when they are carrying out their work.

The document (Nkemba) adds:
“We disassociate ourselves from such acts and investigating all occurrences involving the fans on the day before deciding on the disciplinary action.

“Management wishes to remind all fans that it is imperative they conduct themselves in a sporting manner. There is no room for Violence and hooliganism in football.”

Nkemba also added that the club is working closely with the law enforcement to ensure that those responsible are brought to book.

Earlier, Villa lost their sponsorship from payTV company StarTimes, a blow which was greatly attributed to the fans hooliganism.

Villa will be seeking for their first league win when they play host to KCCA in Tuesday in Namboole before travelling to Tooro United in Fort portal on Matchday eight.

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