- The Sub-region has 1960s produced prolific players like Haruna Mawa, Mike Letti among others who played for Uganda Cranes
- Nebbi Central has a task now to get sponsors, upgrade the stadium, meet costs of paying players and the technical team and money for travels and accommodation
- Nebbi Central has mainly been supported by the business community and Nebbi Municipal council
- They completed the competition with unbeaten record in the Zonal League
By Warom Felix
Nebbi. May 29 will always remain memorable for the talented youthful players of Nebbi Central after they qualified for FUFA Big League.
Their qualification follows comes after a week when Paidha Black Angels that was founded in 1979 qualified to the country’s top flight football Azam Uganda Premier League. Nebbi Central completed the season with unbeaten record.
Hundreds of supporters have now blocked the road from Nebbi town S.S to the town cutting traffic flow. The record setter man is Miraj O. Killa who scored a lone goal in second half at Luo Stadium at Nebbi town secondary school. Miraj executed a header, off a great delivery from Ezra Madira.
Nebbi central beat up Patongo United FC 1-0. But they won on a 4-0 aggregate after Nebbi Central had an added advantage of beating Patongo FC on their away game 3-0.
The team that qualified for the FUFA Big League. Photo by Felix.
Fans and Players from Paidha Black Angels thronged the Luo Stadium as a sign of solidarity, subduing the long time rivalry especially in 1990s when Paidha Black Angels that used to play with Tiger FC owned by the former Minister for Public Service Okumu Ringa.
Tensions would flare up between fans of Paidha Black Angels and Tiger FC, but the club has now gone to the dogs. It is no more. And there immediately came in Nebbi Central that was fully supported by Nebbi town council and up to date, it has remained strong.
The administration has now been streamlined with new players bought and management. The challenge lie ahead of both Nebbi Central FC and Paidha Black Angels to get sponsors to help them. The pitch, which they rent from Nebbi Secondary school, was leveled with grass planted, giving it a great patching with green grass all over. This adds to the advantage of free flowing football.
The win also means, Nebbi Central becomes the Champion of Northern Uganda. The team had been in the league for about three years but with no success of qualifying for the Big League.