ARUA. Preparations have heightened up in the West Nile province team ahead of the return leg of the quarter finals against Bugisu this Saturday at the Betway Green light stadium.
It is the first time the provincial games, a brain child of federation of Uganda football association (FUFA) will be held at the home of Onduparaka football club.
The West Nile team carries a slim but vital away victory over their Bugisu counter parts although a final confirmation is to be done by FUFA because the first leg was marred by crowd violence. Although the match wasn’t played for the full Ninety minutes, the violence erupted after the West Nile team had taken a one to zero advantage.
Mr Mike Leti, the team manager of the West Nile team said in a preparatory meeting at Arua district sports office on Tuesday that thirteen players have been summoned from Kampala to add onto the slots that will be filled with home based players.
Leti acknowledged that the West Nile team had “limped” to the quarter final stage despite being hit hard with finances, the team’s major source of funding has been gate collections despite numerous calls for support.
Under the arrangement, FUFA only caters for Transport, feeding and accommodation for the away games; the provinces are expected to carry all expenses in their home fixtures.
But Leti said despite the hitches, the trainings have been going on well since Tuesday afternoon.
“I have spoken to the team coaches and they have confirmed the trainings have been going on well, Kampala based players are already coming and we intend to go with normal preparations” he said.
The FUFA drum in its maiden year was primarily organized to tap grass roots talent and appreciate ancestry and the cultural diversity in the country, every player is called to play for their province of Origin.
The West Nile team sailed through to the quarter final stage after being drawn in the group stages with Karamoja, Toro and Ankole provinces.
Onduparaka FC management represented in the Tuesday meeting by Deputy Chief executive officer (CEO) Mr, Denis Jawoko and team manager Mr Joe Erima also confirmed the availability of the venue for the Saturday encounter.
Organizers have extended invitations to Cultural, political and religious leaders from the region in bid to foster unity as listed in the objectives of the FUFA drum
The West Nile region boasts of two teams in the Uganda premier league which is the top tier of Ugandan club football; Padha black angels having been the latest entrant after Onduparaka FC.
Big names including Mohammed Shaban of KCCA, Veteran Brian Omony and utility left back Mustafa Kizza are all expected to add to the rich talent selected from the region.