Steven Bengo @ SS com
Steven Bengo @ SS com

SC Villa to change home venue

SC Villa and two other clubs will play their Uganda Premier League (UPL) second round matches from new home grounds, according to the competition’s secretariat.

The other two that have written to UPL requesting to change venue for the second round are Rwenshama and Bright Stars.

“The three have written to us requesting change of venue for home grounds,” UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani confirmed on Monday.

“Villa and Rwenshama want to change from the Ssaza Grounds in Mityana to Nakivubo while Bright Stars want to move from Lugogo (KCCA Stadium) to their Matugga Ground. We are only waiting for the Fufa Licensing Board to approve the changes.”

While Bright Stars are moving because “they want to build a fan base in Mutugga,” a Kampala Suburb, Villa and Rwenshama are said to be relocating because management at the Ssaza Grounds in Mityana have failed to meet the basic standards.

“Why we are moving is purely down to Ssaza Grounds management’s failure to fulfill UPL’s requirements,” said Villa CEO Ivan Kakembo.

“There are no standard touchlines, goals posts are not well aligned and there are no built dressing rooms.

“UPL has been reminding us to have the facility up to the minimum standards but nothing has been done (by the management).”

Villa and Rwenshama have been hiring the facility they started using at the beginning of this season.

In a related development, Entebbe are also said to be moving from Nakivubo to Bugonga Fisheries Ground in Entebbe as part of cost cutting. They, however, had not formally applied to the UPL by press time.

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