ZOMBO. Paidha Black Angels football club (FC) has started pitch upgrading process in preparation for the next season Uganda premier league.
The upgrading of Barokoro stadium along Ofaka road in Paidha town council, Zombo district is expected to cost Ugandan shillings 297, 711,387.
Paidha Black Angels qualified to the Uganda Premier league in May this year after beating Kitara FC of Hoima 4:2 in a penalty shout out following a goalless draw at Star-Times stadium Lugogo, Kampala.
Following the qualification, it has been established that Paidha Black Angels’ home ground is below the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) standard, a reason the team has embarked on its development.
Mr Sunday Jalar, the Paidha Black Angels administrator said inadequate funding is likely to slow down the pace of work at the stadium.
“We are thinking of finishing the work on the stadium in two months’ time but from the look of things, we may not make it as scheduled due to financial constraints,” Jalar said.
He said failure to complete the pitch in time will force the club to play their home matches away and preferably at Green light stadium, Onduparaka’s home ground in Arua town.
Jalar noted that the decision to place home games in Arua is likely to affect their gate collections.
He said to avoid such a loss; the club is doing all what it takes to develop the stadium within the given ultimatum.
Similarly, Mr Festo Anyolitho, the chairperson Paidha Black Angels fans said playing home matches away will affect the moral of the fans that are eagerly waiting to witness their fast match at Barokoro stadium.
“You have seen the number of people who attend our home matches here in Paidha, but if we now talk of taking the games somewhere, I’m sure it is going to affect us badly,” Anyolitho said.
In the meant time, he observed that they have embarked on serious resource mobilization as fans by reaching out to friends and people of good will so as to arrest the situation.
Paidha Black Angels is the latest West Nile team to join the Uganda Premier League after Onduparaka with fans of both teams yearning for a historic home derby.
The Uganda Premier league is expected to commence in August this year.