KAMPALA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — Ugandan Premier League side Sports Club Villa has unveiled Petros Koukouras as its new head coach.
CEO Shawn Mubiru told Xinhua on Monday that it is a new dawn at SC Villa and that is why the club has brought in a foreign coach and signed several players.
“We should be able to compete for silverware this season,” Mubiru said.
Koukouras, 35, had been assistant coach of South Sudan’s national team. The Greek has signed a three-year contract with the 16-time Uganda Premier League champions.
“Our new coach comes with more than 10 years of experience in youth and senior football. The fans should know that this new technical team is very diligent,” added Mubiru.
“I am very happy to be here, this is the most successful team in Uganda and that led me to accept the job,” said Koukouras.
The coach added that he hoped to take the team to where it belongs and start winning trophies again.
Koukouras will be assisted by locals Magera Kaddu and Richard Amatre as assistant coaches and Mubarak Kiberu as goalkeeping coach.
SC Villa defeated KCCA FC 2-1 to stop their excellent run in the Ugandan Premier League Tuesday.
Prior to the match,Villa had defeated Mbarara City, drawn with BUL FC before falling to URA.
It was not the case with KCCA who had managed to get maximum points against Bright Stars, Onduparaka and Mbarara City respectively.
It took the hosts 33 minutes to open the scoring at Bamboo Barracks courtesy of Nicholas Kabonge. The goal was a perfect gift for a handful of fans who had been allowed to enter the pitch for the first time this season.
The 16-time champions continued pushing for the second goal as the Garbage Collectors struggled to get an equalizer.
In the 86th minute, Ronald Sekiganda managed to punish the visitors. KCCA had committed in numbers and were caught on counter attack with five minutes to go.
Villa looked unstoppable but they over celebrated and gave their opponents a chance to get a consolation. They conceded a penalty in the 89th minute and Brian Aheebwa scored to set up a tense finale. However, the Jogoo held on to get maximum points.