SC Villa resumes training ahead of new campaign

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Alex Kitaata celebrates one of his five league goals this season. He trained with Villa after going AWOL last season

Record league champions SC Villa resumed training ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The Jogoos under the watchful eye of Head Coach Wasswa Bbosa convened at Villa Park on Monday afternoon.

Among the trainees on the day included new faces like Musa Mukasa who the club got from Express FC, striker George Senkaaba, midfielder Mahad ‘Yaya’ Kakooza and goalkeeper Sanon Mulabi.

These were joined among others old guards Ibrahim Kiyemba, Abel Eturude, Joseph Nsubuga, Samson Kirya and Ambrose Kirya.

Others like Simon Sserunkuma, John Adriko, and Bernard Muwanga missed the session due to national team training whilst Martin Kizza is reportedly in Serbia to complete a move.

Bbosa took them through their paces to test their fitness levels after more than a month of recess and they looked a little wanting.

“It’s no surprise after such a long period of recess,” said Bbosa. “But it’s our job to lift their everything from physical fitness to mental strength,” he added.

Kitaata back

Meanwhile, striker Alex Kitaata shockingly showed up and trained with teammates.

The centre forward, SC Villa’s second top scorer last season went AWOL towards the last part of the season and his re-appearances gives the Jogoos options in an attacking line that has lost Emmanuel Okwi and Umar Kasumba to Simba (Tanzania) and Sofapaka (Kenya) respectively.

Korean test

The Jogoos who finished second on the log last season will get their first test of pre-season football with a trial match against Korean side.

The team is already in Uganda and held their first training session at Nsangi ahead of the highly anticipated clash on Friday July 21, 2017 at Masaka Recreation Ground.

“3-4 days of training will shape the boys for the game but this is a just trial game. It will give us chance for match scenario which is good,” said Bbosa.

The Blues will officially open their 2017-18 campaign with a FUFA Super Cup tie against rivals KCCA on September 9 at a venue yet to be named but most likely, Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku.