- The game was played at Mvaradri where the Traditional Chiefs of Lugbara, Aringa, the Resident District Commissioner for Arua, Peter Debele, the Bishop of Madi and West Nile diocese, Collins Andaku, attended to show the support for the West Nile Team
- The draw pushes the West Nile team to five points after three games. This is their second draw after that of Karamoja team
- Hundreds of fans across the West Nile region attended and fans from Tooro also traveled in about seven vehicles to drum up support for their team
By Felix and Stephen Candia
ARUA. The West Nile team were forced into a draw game by Tooro Province although both sides created chances of winning the game.
The Tooro has a clear cut chance when they hit a goal post and the striker failed to capitalize on the re-bound before the ball was cleared away by the West Nile defender. Although there were numerous cases of time wastage due to fouls, there were no major injuries registered from the two provincial teams.
The West Nile team will then hope to pick points when they make a return leg to Tooro. The two Coaches had hoped to win the game but it did not work out.
The West Nile Province Coach, Umar attributed to draw to some of the missing players. “It is true we wanted a draw but this was disappointing because we had many players out on injury. But we shall get to Tooro hoping for points in the next game,” he said.
A player from the West Nile Province dribbles the ball in attempt to dodge Tooros’ midfielder Nicholas Kagaba during the game at Mvaradri. Photo by Felix.
Tooro player Albert Mugisha could not hold his happiness after he emerged as man of the match with shs 100,000 and a Plaque.
Speaking shortly after the match, Mugisha acknowledged that all the players deserved the ward but because he played a disciplined game, the award could not escape him.
“I think the award meant that I was good on the ball while in the pitch. This is motivating,” he said.
The Team coach Tooro, Fred Muhumuza, commended his players for a good show despite the fact that they had fatigue following the two days travel to Arua from Kabarole district.
Meanwhile Team Captain Tooro, Timon Musinguzi described the environment and climatic conditions as cool, which helped the team to reorganize itself and play a good game.
Alfred Leku, who plays for Express would have killed the game when he remained one on one with the keeper, but his shot was weak that the keeper stopped it. This aroused the fans who started ululating in support after they were quiet for most of the games, yet the Tooro fans kept of supporting their team from the start of the match.