[/media-credit] Onduparaka coach Leo Adraa

Onduparaka head coach Leo Adraa admits the Caterpillars paid the price for underrating their opponents Bul during their 1-1 draw on Tuesday at the GreenLight Stadium, Arua.

The visitors went ahead inside 15 minutes through Yunus Sibira’s header before defender Rashid Toha equalizing in similar fashion, but the West Nile side couldn’t edge Frank ‘Video’ Anyau’s side.

Nicknamed ‘Paruku’ literally meaning no escape, the ground has seen league giants including record league winners SC Villa, defending champions KCCA and 2014/2015 league champions Vipers fall prey, but on Tuesday, the home side struggled to dispatch their opponents who are locked down the basement in the league

Fresh from securing their first away win in the Uganda Premier League, Onduparaka were super confident heading into to the tie, and according to Adraa, the Jinja side was considered ‘an easy opponent.’

Adraa said: “We have already beaten Vipers, KCCA and Villa from here so we thought Bul would be an easy opponent.

“After beating The Saints, our first away win, we were very confident coming into this game. We thought it would be easy for us. We underrated them, yet they came prepared for us.

“We realized when it was too late. They had things in their hands and we couldn’t play our free-flowing game.”

Onduparaka had to complete the 90 minutes without their talisman Shaban Muhammad who was withdrawn precautionary in the half hour mark.

Adraa says his withdrawal created even more trouble as the visitors enjoyed their play without having to worry about their back.

“When you substitute your best player, your opponent gets happy. They attacked us knowing we had little threat upfront.”

The draw kept Onduparaka fourth in the league.

Marion Malinga

Staff Writer for Kawowo Sports

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