SPORTS. Onduparaka FC new coach Mr Viali Byanomugisha has promised what he termed as ‘total football’ as he embarks on a tedious task of assembling a young inexperienced side.
The former Mbarara city FC tactician has also said he will use the same approach that led to a largely successful stint at the Mbarara outfit to develop individual talent at Onduparaka.
The club is set to kick start their 2020/21 premier league with a home fixture with Express football club.
A confident Viali while addressing the media in Arua town ahead of their Saturday fixture said his immediate target is to get a good position for the club in the table standings as his largely young and inexperienced side get used to the top tier football.
“It’s the same project I started with Mbarara city with new players coming to a new league, it’s hard because they have never played there but you need to show them, encourage them and teach them”, Viali said.
“Of course it’s a short time because of the pandemic but I have been trying to do my best to touch on most of the topics that can help them have a good game. It’s my job as a technical man to guide them and of course I am always telling them that it’s their time because everybody can make it”, Coach Viali further stated.
He said his players had so far expressed readiness to learn and is optimistic that it will not take long before they get used to the premier league.
Moses Okot, one of the over 20 newly signed players said the mood is upbeat and the players are looking forward to the ‘fight’ with Express.
“Everybody in the camp is jolly because we have been improving each day the coach has been around, we are ready to chop fire tomorrow and it’s going to be a fight because we have worked hard enough” Okot said.
Asked what the prospect of playing in an empty stadium as per the regulations feels like, he termed the situation as ‘disturbing’.
“As players it’s quite disturbing because football without fans is nothing honestly but then according to the regulation and rules for the game to be back, we should adhere and move on, may be with time things will twist and the fans will be back” Okot further said.
Asked about the vast inexperience in the team, he retorted that football is a practical game that needs the right preparations to favourably compete. Okot said the players are determined to win the Express encounter as a pay back to the fans.
However, uncertainty still surrounded the team camp by press time over which players would be passed to play despite all being physically fit.
Club media officer Mr Mark Lulua confirmed that the chief executive officer (CEO) was in Kampala to finalise the licencing of players and any final confirmation would be done later in the evening.
He also said the results of the prerequisite COVID-19 tests undertaken were yet to be released and would be confirmed to the public via the club social media pages.