ARUA: Onduparaka Football Club (FC) will have more positives to take from their game against Uganda Premier League (UPL) defending champions, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC despite settling for a one-all draw at the Betway Green Light Stadium in Arua Town on Tuesday.

Onduparaka FC Midfielder, Viane Sekajugo’s second half goal cancelled former captain-turned opponent, Mohamed Shaban’s opener after seven minutes in a game that had thousands turn up to cheer their respective teams for the first time after a while.

For starters, hundreds of KCCA fans who are looking to defend the UPL title traveled to Arua to support their team, but most importantly for Onduparaka, the majority fans in the stadium kept the atmosphere fired-up especially in the second half as they dominated possession over their Lugogo based opponents.

Shaban and Viane SekajugoThe goal scorers of the day, Shaban and Viane Sekajugo. PHOTO BY REMILIAH AMANDU

In their maiden 2016/17 season in the top flier football, the crowds filled the stadium, no giant club escaped the wrath of the club at Green light, and indeed Onduparaka fans became a pace setter in the league, a reason they were awarded the best fans in UPL.

However, a string of Onduparaka’s poor results in the league and concerns over the style of play by Coach, Livingstone Mbabazi threatened to tear the young club apart as the crowds started withdrawing until he (Mbabazi) was suspended.

The fortunes since Mbabazi’s sacking have changed 5 games with no single loss including two away fixtures in which picking a point had become close to impossible during Mbazizi’s last days at the club.

Onduparaka fans cheeringOnduparaka fans cheering up their players throug out the second half of the game. PHOTO BY REMILIAH AMANDU

The atmosphere during the one-all draw at the stadium is reminiscent of the good times. The crowd went wild after the equalizer, and their darling club had given them a reason to.

Speaking after the game, KCCA FC Coach, Mike Mutebi admitted his plan to win the game did not succeed.

“We wanted to win the game but looking at what transpired on the field of play, I will say it was a fair result. SC Villa has the advantage but we shall continue to press until the end,” Mutebi emphasized.

Meanwhile Onduparaka FC Club Spokesperson, Adam Lematia said given the atmosphere, Onduparaka should have won the game.

“We were a much better side in the second half and we deserved to win but the day was not ours and that happens in football,” Lematia said.

Lematia added that the club’s focus is now to finish in the top four and with the enthusiasm of the Green Light crowd, he remained optimistic that their hope will come to reality.