Hooliganism: Why Rowdy Villa Fans Attacked, Confronted Vipers Official

There were ugly scenes at Mandela National Stadium when a section of Villa fans confronted and attacked Vipers’ official Abdul Wasike.

The ugly scenes happened shortly after Villa’s loss to URA on Saturday – Patrick Paul Mbowa scored the only goal as the record winners succumbed to their sixth league loss.

The rowdy fans attacked Wasike, who doubles as a journalist with National Media, before the peace keepers came to the rescue.

Why are you here, not Kitende? Why do you always abuse us and our club every time you go to stations?” some fans were heard, asking Wasike, the Club’s PR and Marketing.

During the game, many Villa fans were seen and heard also confronting URA coach Sam Ssimbwa who was serving his touchline ban (seated in the VIP section). Verbal attacks were also sent to Vipers new signing Diego Hamis Kiiza.

This is not the first time that Villa fans have been at the wrong end of a violent scuffle – Vision Group’s Mayiga (Bukedde FM) was also confronted at Villa park as the club unveiled their new signings.

Also, a post match press conference ended prematurely at Namboole during the Villa – Express game this season, last year.

Wasike (orange) besieged and sorrounded by Villa fans

Why Did Fans Attack Wasike?

Many theories have made rounds on various platforms explaining why Wasike was attacked. With the most unpopular one claiming that the incident was engineered by fellow journalists.

Other fans, who spoke to this website also claimed that Wasike also provoked them.

However, the incident can strongly be based on the growing rivalry between rivals SC Villa and Vipers.

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This rivalry gained much prominence when Villa lost to Vipers 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende in an ill fated affair, with Tom Masiko on target.

Hooliganism: Villa fans vandalised property at Kitende. Monitor Photo

The game saw Villa fans inflict damage which was estimated to be over Sh10M to the state of the art stadium.

In subsequent games, Vipers banned some Villa fans including Seregious Katongole, Muhammed Lubwama (KANU), Bashir Juma (Mukwasi), James Lutaaya (Kabaliga) among others, from never accessing the Kitende Stadium.

Since then, a section of Villa fans vowed to attack Vipers officials and ‘Mukindwa Journalists’ who will ever come to watch Villa play anywhere.

Wasike Speaks About The Situation

Wasike went to his social media account and wrote.

Here is an excerpt

To my surprise, after the game as I was with my colleague Michael Kigozi ( Radio One and NBS TV) having a chat, some section of SC Villa fans attacked me, they rounded me off, one fan wanted to pull my spects off, the other pulling my ears and kicking me. Others asked me why am in Namboole and not in Kitende.

Note: The concerned parties that include FUFA, USPA, Villa, URA, UPL etc, are yet to make any official statement concerning the matter, by the time we went to Press.