- Onduparaka returned to winning ways after beating the newly promoted Ndejje S.S by 3-0
- Onduparaka travels to struggling Express FC in their next game
- Onduparaka is now in hunt for a new Coach after Asaph Mwebaze quit the club
- Outside the stadium, the fans wrote placards showing discontent with the former Coach, Asaph Mwebaze who left the club
Arua- Onduparaka FC best known by their nickname The Caterpillars have today returned to the Uganda Premier League with a bang by winning the game by 3-0.
Onduparaka players that enjoyed the flowing, flicky football against Ndejje opened the scoring by their senior Defender, Okot Denis in 19 minutes of first half. Before Okot’s maiden goal, the versatile Striker, who is also listed for the Most Valuable Player in Uganda for voting, Vianne Ssekajugo missed a golden chance at the opening five minutes of first half.
The experienced Striker, Caesar Okhuti could have piled the misery on Ndejje after he missed a nice chance by hitting a goal post from Gadafi’s free-kick in 47 minutes.
Caesar Okhuti who missed scoring after he hit a goal post. Photo by Felix.
Onduparaka then continued to pile pressure on the Ndejje S.S with second half goals from play-maker, Gadafi Gadinho, who scored a cracker in 67 minutes. Gadinho’s cracker saw the ball pass through the net. This is the first game that Gadinho returned to the starting line up since his injury last season.
The Ndejje University also put up spirited fight to score goals with Onduparaka keeper, saving the ball at the edge of the line in 56 minutes.
As second half progressed, Abel Eturude in 77 minutes, the freaky midfielder, scored his first goal in his first season at the club after he left SC Villa for Onduparaka.
Leo Adraa the technical director for Onduparaka and the Assistant Coach, Simeon Masaba watching the game. Photo by Felix.
Speaking to the media in a post-match press conference, the Assistant Coach, Simeon Masaba, said: “There is no magic, it is upon how you deal with players. So, when you believe in them (players), they can deliver, and if they believe in you, they can work very well.”
“We created many chances but we managed to get the three goals. It was a matter of believing in themselves. I told them you go and enjoy the game. Although we played well, there were some mistakes. But we shall work on them ahead of express.”
The win comes at a time when Onduparaka FC parted ways with their Manager, Asaph Mwebaze who replaced Livingstone Mbabazi.
Some of the fans with the placards showing discontent. Photo by Felix
After the game, the fans thronged the stadium dancing to the rhythms of their trademark song of Koffi Olimide, Ekokite. The win has offered a ray of hope for the club. But the Ndejje Coach did not attend the post-match press conference as he rushed into the Club Bus that was leaving Arua town.
The few fans of Ndejje University did not however relent in giving morale for the boys. They kept on blowing the vuvuzelas and whistle till the end of the game even though their team lost.