Abraham Ndugwa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Premier League (Match day 22):

  • Onduparaka Vs Masavu
  • Friday, 29th March 2018
  • At Green Light Stadium, Arua

On 19th December 2017, Masavu Football club defeated Onduparaka 2-1 at the Fisheries Training Institute in Bugonga village, Entebbe.

[/media-credit] Abraham Ndugwa takes on Onduparaka midfielder Rajab Kakooza at Bugonga. Ndugwa scored. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Masavu captain and now Uganda Cranes international (after playing against Sao Tome & Principe and Malawi), Abraham Ndugwa alongside Ddumba ‘Sadaman’ Sadala scored the home team goals.

Deep in added time, Samson Ceasar Okhuti pulled a goal back through a penalty following a handball  in the forbidden area by midfielder Sulaiman Muttah.

One of the day’s highlights then, were the fancy step overs from Ndugwa that completely confused Onduparaka defender Rashid Muhammed before the forward beat goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato with a venomous shot.

This was one of the rare victories, four out of the 21 games played in the season thus far.

Barely three months later, the two sides lock horns at the intimidating Green Light stadium in Arua where hundreds of people are expected to watch the game.

[/media-credit] Gadafi Gadinho (right) will be key for Onduparaka at home against Masavu Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Come to the game proper, Onduparaka will have former Uganda Cranes right back Simeon Masaba assume full duties on the touch line with the suspension of Livingstone Mbabazi still standing.

On the other touchline, another former Uganda Cranes great player Joseph Mutyaba will be at the helm of Masavu.

Masavu is missing the services of Charles ‘Napia’ Wamala, Arthur Ssemazi  through injury and goalkeeper Hussein Mulawa who is unfit.

With a beefed up team in the second round, Masavu is yet to falter the whole maximum points during the second half of the season.

Against a physical side like Onduparaka, the battle shall be far from finish.

[/media-credit] Sadala Ddumba Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Ndugwa will lead the rest of the Masavu teammates on a ground Onduparaka has lost once in seven years.

James Kasibante, Ddumba Sadala,  Ivan Lubaale and Simon Namwanja are other offensive players for the visitors to face to a mean defence marshaled by captain Rashid Toha, Gasper Adriko, Rashid Okocha and company.

Onduparaka will miss youngster Ezra Bidda who is with the national U-20 team in Kampala.

In Okhuti, Viane Ssekajugo, Gadafi Gadiho and Karim Ndugwa, the Catarpillars will push Masavu to the wall.

Masavu is bottom placed with 18 points as Onduparaka lies 6th with 30 points.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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