ARUA. The management of Onduparaka football club has vowed to bring back the mammoth fans that followed their games at its inception back to the stadium by playing attractive football.
The club is set to host bogey side Tooro United FC on Sunday in the Pilsner Super 8, a tournament that is meant for the teams that finish in the top eight of the Uganda premier league table standings.
“You know at the early stages, Onduparaka kept on being promoted season after season and the results were so good, so we had a number of fans who were not used to drawing or losing games so it has all been a learning process”, Mr Adams Lematia, the club spokesperson said.
“Some fans even left the club and decided instead to support sister Clubs like Paidha Black Angels but have since returned after Paidha were relegated”, he further said
Lematia assured the club fan base that the new coach Mr Charles Livingstone Mbabazi would bring back the much-treasured attractive football that brings back the fans to the stadium.
He acknowledged that the club had gone through a number of challenges but quickly asserted that such challenges were a test of character and the club would bounce back stronger.
He was addressing the first media briefing alongside Coach Swadick Ssempiji at Heritage courts Hotel in Arua town on Friday.
Sempiji who addressed the media in the absence of club manager Mr Mbabazi said his team had prepared adequately to face the Toro United side despite the numerous changes that have occurred since the end of last season.
Mbabazi since his reappointment has yet to start his duties at Onduparaka due to coaching commitments in the national team.
Abdulwahab Gadafi has been confirmed the new club captain and will be deputised by Vianne Ssekajugo in the absence of Toha Rashid who has since moved to Vipers SC.
Other departures include goalkeeping Coach Swadick Wassa, technical director Leo Adraa, defender Denis Okot, Midfielder Gadafi Gadinho. Midfielder Agandu and defender Hassan were also said to be for trials in Kenya and Vietnam respectively and their future with Onduparaka would be dependent on the outcome of the trials.
Four players as mandated by the Federation of Uganda Football Association FUFA have been promoted to the senior side. Lematia said other new signings numbering more than six would be unveiled before the official start to the season.
According to a press release circulated during the press conference, the club would also set up a new advisory committee to identify areas of required expertise to enhance the current management and its contribution to the club.