Luanda Villa reaps big from Ebwali success as team revival begins under Tera

Newly-revived Luanda Villa Football Club from Vihiga County hope to play in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Division Two league by the end of September and coach Tom Tera will use the remaining few weeks to beef up his squad.

Tera- a name synonymous with Vihiga United, was handed the new role at Villa forcing him to leave his role at United- one to which he had just recently been reappointed as an assistant coach. He says his first role at Villa included sourcing for players from within Luanda- a region that is home to him and one in which he has confidence will produce the kind of players to lift his side to the highest levels of football.

Luanda Villa already has roped in two Ebwali Secondary School students in their roster- of note is midfielder Owalla Kelvin whose impact for the school side saw them reach this year’s semi-finals of the Copa U19 national school games held in Kisumu in August.

Owalla makes a tackle for Luanda Villa against Kisumu All Stars [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

”We have taken some two players from Ebwali Secondary School. One is a very good midfielder and a striker. There is a lot of talent in Bunyore and that is what has mainly contributed in the revival of Luanda Villa,” says Coach Tera.

He believes that they will get enough manpower from the region and have in fact enlisted Ebwali Secondary School coach Francis Muhambe to aid in the task. Muhambe, a teacher at the school, joins Tera in the technical bench for a task that now seems sufficiently well prepared for.

Muhambe Francis (L) is also assisting Tom Tera at Luanda Villa [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

”The process of recruitment is still going on. We have sourced from around and the team doesn’t look too bad, at least going by the friendlies we have played.,” adds Tom Tera.

The former Vihiga United tactician believes he can replicate his success at United back at his own backyard. He has done it before and knows his way around the lower tiers.

”Luanda Villa is a team from ages ago, we are only trying to revive it. I turned down a role at Vihiga United because of a better offer here and it is also closer to home. It is possible to take Villa all the way to the premier league,” concludes Tera.

Luanda Villa have so far engaged in three top-notch friendly matches which include trips to Chemelil Sugar FC and Kisumu All Stars. They lost 4-3 to Chemelil and 6-0 to All-Stars. The third one, Tera took his youthful team back to his former station where Vihiga United humbled him 3-1.