Friday, September 9
Onduparaka vs. KCCA – Greenlight Stadium, 4:00 pm
Newly promoted side Onduparaka Football Club are confident of subjecting defending champions KCCA FC to their first defeat of the season when the two sides lock horns at the Green Light stadium in Arua Friday afternoon.
Coach Leo Adraa and team captain Shaban Muhammed revealed to Kawowo Sports that the team will try to get as many points as possible from their home ground if they are to survive the relegation monster this season.
“Of course we have to do most of the work in front of the home fans,” Adraa told Kawowo Sports after the team’s 1-1 draw with Express on Tuesday.
The Arua side has only played one game at home and held Soana to a goalless draw before losing 2-0 to Bright Stars in Matugga.
The draw against Express is one captain Shaban believes should give his teammates the belief that they can take on any other side in the top flight.
“Express is a big side but we matched them in every aspect so we know we can take on anyone,” he said after the Express game on Tuesday.
Onduparaka have looked descent thus far but their lack of experience in the side has left many doubting whether they will actually survive the cut without recruiting some experienced players.
In KCCA, Onduparaka are faced with the toughest test of the season. Mike Mutebi’s charges are yet to drop any points after three rounds of fixtures and are comfortably leading the 16-team log with 9 points.
Reigning league MVP Joseph Ocaya, who scored the first goal of the season, went on to score another against Soana on Tuesday and will be looking to lead the Lugogo side to yet another victory.
With Muzamir Mutyaba back from injury and scoring, KCCA go into the game as favourites but Onduparaka will not be threatened, not in front of their fans.
“KCCA should come prepared. We are ready for the game and our record at home should send a message to them,” Shaban, who was the MVP of the Big League last season, told this website.