Guma in action for Villa last year. One of Uganda’s most promising defenders, Guma will feature in the Big League. Photo by Eddie Chicco

SC Villa will argue – understandably so – that the lucrative offer for their erstwhile skipper Denis Guma was too good to turn down.

The club have already accepted a $10,000 (Shs24m) offer from Big League side Victoria University for the out-of-favour defender.

Until then, Bunnamwaya new boy Simon Sserunkuma held the record for the most expensive buy locally when he crossed to Villa from Victors for Shs16m in 2009. “The club received an offer from the Big League side of $10,000 (Shs 24 million) and we couldn’t turn it down, especially because the player had shown keen interest in joining the club,” said SC Villa football director Joseph Kanaaba. He told Daily Monitor that besides the player ‘looking forward to the move,’ the deal makes economic sense for the club.

“Villa will have the first buy-back option if Victoria University are to sell locally and a 20% share if they are to trade him to Europe,” he said.

“The deal also makes business sense for the club because of its timing and the indiscipline issues that were lingering around the player,” he added. Guma, who graduated from Jogoo Young, has had some bad run-ins, including twice escaping from the Uganda Cranes camp towards the Afcon qualifier against Kenya and LG Cup in Morocco.

But it’s alleged a bust-up with Mike Mutebi early this month over the coach’s training tactics sealed the defender’s fate at Villa.

Reports suggest Guma refused to train for some time demanding the coach changes training tactics.

Following a Fufa suspension, Guma had not featured for Villa since the turn of the year and his latest move hardly makes sense for U-23 international’s career. He will, however, be consoled by the fact that Victoria could be launchpad for a career move to Europe.

Victoria University ventured into soccer in 2011, buying Division One side Kase Garage of Kawempe.

They are funded by Victoria International University whose roots are in Australia and have a close relationship with Serbian businessman Simo Dubojic, who apparently is tight with former Villa coach Srdjan Zivojnov.

BELL UGANDA CUP RESULTS
Wandegeya 2 – 3 Aurum Roses
Luweero Utd 4 – 0 Steel
Ndejje 5 – 2 Kibuli Utd
Bugoba0 – 1 Shafranto Ntawo
Makindye Cubs 1 – 3 Waters
Hereign College 2 – 1 Sharing Youth
Mbale Heroes 0 – 1 Jinja MC
African Poly 0 – 4 Mutundwe
Today at 4pm
Simba v Victoria University
Sadolin v URA (MUBS)
SC Villa v Kwania (Nakivubo)
Namasagali v Victors (Namasagali)
Rising stars v Bunnamwaya (Oyam)
Katale v Police (Taiba College)
Utoda v Kiryatete Young

By Andrew Mwanguhya & Clive Kyazze, Daily Monitor

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