ARUA CITY. Arua hill SC will hope to maintain their fine display when they come against Kataka FC in their second home game at Barifa stadium on Saturday.
The ‘leopards’ as the team is nicknamed humbled Black Power 3-1 with their maiden game and club officials have rallied their players to build on the positive start as they face Kataka.
“When you are trying to create a fortress, it starts from such games, you should make the players believe that, so if we can fight again and win convincingly and play like mad dogs, it will begin to send a statement to whoever is coming to Barifa”, Said Mr Adams Lematia, the club publicist ahead of the Saturday showdown.
He said the dream of making Barifa (club home ground) a ‘slaughter house’ had not been perfectly realised with the one game played but expressed optimism that the team would only get better with time.
The players only have one day of rest before the Kataka FC game but both the technical staff and players have said they are set for the challenge.
Experienced midfielder Oscar Agaba said the players were upbeat after their first win but very focused on the next game in which he expects tougher competition.
“We are expecting a battle because we have been preparing for five months for these games, I don’t think it will be easier because every game is going to be tougher but we are equally well prepared for the challenge”, Agaba said.
Kataka FC lost their opening game to Midigo Calvary FC, another West Nile side making a maiden appearance in the FUFA big league competition in a game played at green light stadium.
However, head coach Hussein Mbalangu said he was very pleased with the way his players defended the three goals despite conceding a consolation through a controversial penalty.
“For me, I am very pleased with the team both attacking and defending, I told you football is about creating chances and utilising them while at the same time guarding your goal, We scored three, if they scored four for us, I would have blamed the defenders but we scored three and guarded them and that’s why we got the three points.” Mbalangu said.
Asked how much he knew about the next opponents, the tactician said two of their technical team members were sent to watch the Midigo Calvary- Kataka game and therefore would inform some of the technical team decisions.
He confirmed that some players including Sabir Simba, goal keeper Richard Anyama would undergo late fitness tests after picking knocks in the Black power game. Mbalangu also said 25 of the 28 required players had already obtained their licences with the remaining few set to be sorted soon.
Onduparaka will after the Kataka game travel away to Maroons, then Mbale Heroes before returning to take part in the first West Nile Derby with Midigo Calvary at Green light stadium.