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Misagga battles Fufa, wants interim committee disbanded, 128 million refund

Ben Misagga stepped down as SC Villa president last month (File Photo)

Just weeks after the local football governing body, Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) intervened in SC Villa controversial elections, Ben Missaga dramatically resigned as the president of the club.

Now Misagga has demanded that Fufa disband the newly-formed club interim committee, headed by William Nkemba saying it is not valid.

Misagga through his lawyer Saul Kikomeko, in a July 27 letter to Fufa, wants the football governing body to either reinstate him as the club president or refund Shs 128 million he spent in preparing for club elections, which were aborted.

Misagga stressed that “the controversies surrounding the club are beyond Fufa’s understanding saying that the current Villa has not been in existence for the last seven years.”

Misagga who has been at  helm of SC Villa for 4 years and when he ascended to the club presidency in July 2014, he registered SC Villa Jogoo as the limited company.

He was given the seal of approval by Fufa. However, he says that his administration was certified by Fufa through the statutes of the club he submitted but now he wonders why Fufa is recognizing someone else.

Kikomeko said they want to unfold the irregularities and injustices suffered by his client saying that Fufa should respond fast, and also refund the Shs128 million his client had invested in the aborted elections.

Days after Misagga’s resignation, Pay-TV Company StarTimes issued an abrupt statement informing SC Villa that the company had terminated its sponsorship agreement with the club.

Misagga accepted he notified the sponsors about his resignation but denied asking the club to pull down its sponsorship

In an interview with PML Daily Racheal Tebandeke, Masagga said that “Yes I wrote to StarTimes after resigning from Villa.”

He accepted that “I had to let them know that I was no longer SC Villa president like an elite person is supposed to do. “I also had to let them know that going forward, I was not in position to grantee the image of their brand,” he further said.

“If you look at what I wrote, I don’t think it is asking or telling them to terminate their agreement with Villa despite the fact that I got the deal using my own efforts and strength.

“The other thing people don’t get is that I never got that deal here in Uganda like many keep on saying.

Counting weeks to the start of the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League season, it remains to be seen where all this fiasco in VIlla is headed.

Villa finished third in the league last season and lost 1-0 over two legs against Vipers SC in the semifinals of the FUFA Uganda Cup.

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