ARUA CITY: Arua Hill SC officials have assured fans that the club will go all out to get positive results as they kick-start their campaign in the FUFA big league.
The Arua side that transitioned from Doves all stars will get their first experience of Uganda’s second tier club football against little known Black Power FC at Barifa stadium on Thursday.
The fixture will come at the backdrop of a series of disruptions in the general fixture schedule due to the effect of COVID-19.
Confident club bosses have assured fans of their determination to sail through on account of a large squad that boasts both young energetic as well as some experienced players.
“Barifa is historical and the most famous ground in West Nile, the fewest games we have played there, statistics shows that we have won most of them, so, I describe (home ground) as a slaughter house” Mr Adams Lematia, the club publicist told the media in a press conference on Wednesday.
He said the Arua hill team will play like ‘mad dogs’ so that they entrench the fear factor in other visiting clubs.
“Definitely a very huge club that has shown the world that they are organized has the element of pressure which is good because it takes away complacency although too much of it is also bad, that’s why we recruited the right people to handle the football club”, Lematia further said.
The PRO addressed the press conference at Hotel Desert Breeze hotel in Arua city together with the head Coach Hussein Mbalangu and captain Caesar Okhuti.
Mr Mbalangu, equally beaming with confidence said he was not worried about the pressure of heading a team with much expectations from the public.
“They are not better than us, we are better than them, we want to win our games because we have a lot of experience in this team, so whatever calibre of players you bring, we shall always try to defeat them”, he stated.
The club since its multi-million takeovers by Development Infrastructure (DI) has recruited a host of players with vast experience at the top level.
Caesar Okhuti, the club captain, Aggrey Kirya, Sabir Simba, Gadafi Gadhino, Rashid Agau, Dan Birikwalira, Richard Anyama, Muhamed Rashid and a host of other players have had experience at the top Ugandan club level.
Asked about the readiness of the players, captain Okhuti said the technical team had done their best to prepare the team in a period spanning five months.
“People expect a lot from this club and we’re up to the task, the technical team has done its part and all the players are ready” Okhuti said.
He said despite the ups and downs of the preparation phase, the current focus is to get maximum points. Okhuti urged younger players to cease the current opportunities created by the club to market their talent.
The West Nile region has three teams including Paidha Black Angels from Zombo district who had a short abysmal stint in the Uganda premier league and new-comers Midigo Calvary from Yumbe district.