• A tale of Express FC and West Nile Clubs in the league

    As Onduparaka FC hosts EXPRESS FC in the second round of the 2019/2020 Star times Uganda Premier League this afternoon in Arua, my attention has been robbed by previous significant duels in between Express FC and other West Nile sides in the past three (3) decades that have somehow presented us with some contrasting fortunes on both ends.

    Without any blinking and second thoughts, the 1993 second round encounter at Barifa Stadium still takes it’s off at all costs. This is to confirm that age has finally become an asset.

    It was always a long walk from Corner Curve, Kenya Zone, to Barifa with a hoe on your shoulder at about 6am accompanied by an uncle but not the longest of walks in a circumstance when The Red Eagles are in town. The distance question would be compromised by the fact that you are trekking to watch a Super League side from the country’s Capital City and it seemed a once in a life time thing. Chewing sugarcanes made it a little easier through the then dense forest to a fenceless but well “guarded” Barifa stadium.

    Its April 1993, Leo Adraa’s 4th placed Arua Young Stars FC take on 2nd placed Express Fc at Barifa Stadium, which Express Fc desperately need a win to overlap SC Villa and wrap up the title, with SC Villa having a cruel fixture against a bogey Sam Kabugo captained Nsambya Old Timers at Nsambya play grounds the following day.

    If in any case late David Otti’s Express boasted of red hot new signing Ibrahim Buwembo and the existing old guard of Captain Goerge William Ssemwogerere, Paul Nkata, Kefa Kisala, Robert Aloro and others, Leo Adraa would never be afraid of making an announcement about the most organized side in the league that had not lost a home game in a while shouldering all their pride on one of the best attacks in the league mastered by Ahmed Senyange, Mohammed Ssebugwawo and the pacey runs of Zairean duo of Floure’nt and Katongo Moveme’nt on the flanks, in association with Akbar “Khumalo” and Opangi (R.I.P) in the midfield in an orthodox 442 formation and a shrewd backline ahead of either HAPPY, Alli Bamuze and Ibrahim Kongo in goal, but in this particular fixture it had to be HAPPY due to the vast experience he commanded.

    A goalless first half until about that time when an air borne Robert Aloro misplaced HAPPY and the awkward nature in which the goal keeper fell resulted into Ibrahim Kongo replacing him and sooner than the blink of an eye, Robert Aloro got the better of NUBI from the left flank and squeezed the ball past a hapless Ibrahim Kongo from a tight angle and that determined the fixture in the last 5 minutes of the game. I don’t know if my first time to see Leo Adraa shed tears has equally presented me with the last, I pray it is anyway. But it was inevitable given the competitive nature and sweetness of the league coupled with the fact that a side from Arua or even Northern Uganda was riding high. Perhaps the fact that Express FC was closer to the title even before SC Villa played at Nsambya the next day initiated the tears.

    Rolling forward about 15 years later in 2009, Express visit Arua again but this time to a young, talented and inexperienced Arua Central FC captained by current KCCA anchorman Gift Alli surrounded by Tabu Vitalis, Agau Rashid, Gaddafi Gadinho, Sabir Rajab, Maama Iman, Adnan Baros, Sijali Safi (GK), Aniku Martin, Simba Sabir, Saddam Norman, Twalid Rahman, Issa Hassan, Thomas Asindu, Mande Goefrey, Tella Moses(RIP) under stewardship of current KCCA youth coach Dudu Bosco and Faizal Rijji. Again in the thick of things is the Late David Otti at Arua Hill Grounds. Arua Central FC, as usual played possession football while Express FC settled for business. As the saying goes, possession will not guarantee points but wins which Express finally got through Sulaiman Jjingo’s long range free kick to the back of Sijali Safi’s net mid-way through the second half.

    Seven years later, Charles Livingstone Mbabazi’s first game in charge at Wankulukuku stadium ended in a 1 all draw in 2016 and the reverse fixture 2-1 for the Caterpillars courtesy of a brace from Toha Rashid including that late header off Living Kabon Messi’s delicious cross. 2017/2018 season arrives with Alfred Leku’s first half strike which was cancelled by Muzee Daniel Sserunkuma but eventually got eclipsed by a spectacular Ceasor Okhuti bicycle kick in injury time to seal it for Onduparaka.2018/2019 started with a 2-0 away win for Onduparaka which had Ezra Bida’s sweet goal in a 2-0 away win and the same score line in the first leg of 2019/2020 courtesy of Ceasor Okhuti and Adhino Gibson, who eventually got the man of the match accolade in September 2019.

    The last 2 home fixtures in Arua ended in goalless draws characterized by poor refereeing decisions, case in particular was that of 2018 in which Express was fighting for their lives and Onduparaka had a genuine goal disallowed by Aisha Nalule’s flag.

    Much said than the unfinished business this afternoon, this should be as simple as passing a table knife through butter BUT Express FC having just appointed a new coach in Wasswa Bbosa and given their relegation status after Bright Stars and Tooro United won yesterday, things might take another twist since he is one of those few coaches to have collected maximum points from The Green Light Stadium. Do you needed to be reminded about how NICHOLAS SSEBWATO “showered” Lwesibawa Godfrey’s shot into his own net in April 2019?? I guess NO!!!

    The other encounters involving EXPRESS FC with Paidha Black Angels, Moyo Town Council, Arua Municipal Council as well as Ediofe Hills FC had less significance because they had no impact on the status of the parties in regard to title winning or relegation given the timings of the fixtures.

    ……………Kongie just thought so.


  • Arsenal fans in Arua city in charity work

    ARUA. After winning FA cup at the closure of 2019-2020 premier league and later the community shield against Liverpool to kick-start 2020-2021 premier league season, a section of Arsenal fans in Arua city took to the streets to undertake charity work on behalf of the London based Arsenal Football Club.


  • Arua golf course excites Scottish national 55 years on

    ARUA. Mr David McCunnall, an 80-year-old Scottish national still has fond memories of the fun of golf he last played at the Arua golf course 55 years ago.


  • Arua star Angu’deyo moves places, thanks to golf

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  • Asaph Mwebaze kick-starts Onduparakas' journey with a win

    ARUA. Head coach Asaph Mwebaze of Onduparaka FC kick-started his Uganda premier league journey with a comfortable two zero win against new comers Nyamityobora FC of Mbarara.


  • Biyaya SS crowned Adjumani’s 2020 Copa Coca-Cola tournament winners

    ADJUMANI. The Copa Coca-Cola tournament for Adjumani district was on Friday concluded with the defending champions, Biyaya secondary school (SS) emerging the overall winners.


  • Everton FC signs pact with Onduparaka football club to support refugees

    KAMPALA. Onduparaka Football Club has this evening signed a memorandum of Understanding with Everton and other stakeholders to support refugees in West Nile.


  • Fans will be our biggest tool- Onduparaka FC new coach.

    ARUA. Onduparaka FC new head coach Mr Asaph Mwebaze, has said the enormous fan base of the club will be a big factor when they face SC Villa in the semi-finals of the Pilsner super eight at Green light stadium on Tuesday.


  • Ferocious Arua Hill SC turn guns on Kataka after imposing maiden display

    ARUA CITY. Arua hill SC will hope to maintain their fine display when they come against Kataka FC in their second home game at Barifa stadium on Saturday.


  • Forget the Acholi, West Nile football result, Gulu town was the overall winner!

    The events that unfolded during the two games played between West Nile and Acholi provinces have been mouthwatering to say the least.


  • FUFA charges PBA of improper conduct and hooliganism

    ZOMBO. The Federation of Ugandan Football Association – FUFA’s competitions disciplinary panel has issued a sermon letter charging Paidha Black Angels - PBA Fc of hooliganism and........


  • FUFA drum: How West Nile province is united through diversity

    ARUA. At its inception, the Federation of Uganda football association (FUFA) envisaged a tournament that sought to reflect ancestry, cultural heritage and a general sense of belonging.


  • Koboko woman MP injects Shs 30million in football tournament

    KOBOKO. The woman Member of Parliament for Koboko district Ms Margaret Baba Diri has injected Shs 30million to engage the youth in a district football completion.


  • Leaders condemn hooliganism in sports

    ZOMBO. Leaders from the sub-counties of Warr, Atyak, Alangi and Zeu have expressed concern over the recent attack on fans from Zeu during a football match.


  • Managerial crises over shadow big-league derby clash between Nebbi and doves all stars

    ARUA. The first leg of the big- league derby clash between newly branded Aziz Damani Doves all-stars and Nebbi central FC is being marred by managerial crises for the two clubs.


  • Maracha district launches sports, academics awards

    MARACHA. Maracha district has launched another award for the best performing pupils in sports and academics in primary schools.


  • Mbarara, Kitante dominate seniors’ golf challenge in Arua

    ARUA. Golfers from Mbarara and Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Kitante dominated the main event in the last seniors challenge tournament organised by Uganda Seniors Golfing society at the......


  • Mixed fortunes for West Nile schools as national netball descends on Arua

    ARUA. Most of the West Nile schools that are taking part in the championships were not assured of progress to the next stage after getting mixed results.


  • Nebbi, Zombo media club edges NUMEC to book place at finals

    PAKWACH. Nebbi Zombo Media Association (NEZOMA) has overcome Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) in the second fiercely contested match played on Saturday at Ayara primary school, Pakwach district.


  • Onduparaka FC 2019: A typical case of destruction for development

    ARUA. When Police FC failed to honour their opening fixture with Onduparaka football club (FC), it was a sigh of relief for many caterpillar enthusiasts; at least if the team..


  • Onduparaka FC 2019: A typical case of destruction for development

    ARUA. When Police FC failed to honour their opening fixture with Onduparaka football club (FC), it was a sigh of relief for many caterpillar enthusiasts; at least if the team..


  • Onduparaka FC at 10: Arua district leaders assure of unwavering support

    ARUA. Arua district leaders have assured the players and management of Onduparaka football club (FC) of their unwavering support ahead of the club’s 10 years anniversary.


  • Onduparaka FC celebrates 10 years of existence, President Museveni to attend

    ARUA. The management of Onduparaka FC has confirmed that President Yoweri Museveni will preside over the climax of the ten years’ anniversary.


  • Onduparaka FC edge out SC Villa in spot kicks to book KCCA in finals

    ARUA. Onduparaka football club are through to the finals of the newly introduced FUFA Pilsner super 8 tournament after edging SC Villa 5-4 on penalties.


  • Onduparaka FC gets new transport sponsor

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  • Onduparaka FC officials attribute poor results to void in technical leadership

    ARUA CITY: Onduparaka FC public relations officer (PRO) Mr Mark Lulua has said the lack of a clear technical leadership has negatively impacted the club hence the poor run of form for most of the 2020/21 season.


  • Onduparaka FC to bring back lost fans through attractive football

    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.


  • Onduparaka FC, AVSI in new community partnership

    ARUA. Onduparaka FC in their rich history of community development has yet moved into a new partnership dubbed football for peace with VSI foundation.


  • Onduparaka FC’s crushing defeat is a symptom of a bigger problem

    SPORT. Five goals in the opening half and another three in the second secured KCCA FC probably their biggest win in recent times in Uganda’s top tier premier football competition.


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    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.


  • One goal in 2019, what happened to Onduparaka’s striking force?

    SPORTS. Onduparaka football club has undoubtedly been a force to reckon with since their introduction to the top football league in Uganda.


  • Paidha black angels FC fans express worry over change of home match venue

    ZOMBO.Fans of newly promoted Paidha black angels football club have spoken out in agony of having to attend the beginning matches of the Uganda premier league season in Arua.


  • PBA coach explains why team is on losing streak

    ARUA. Paidha Black Angels coach Mr Muhamad Kisekka has said fans should not expect improvements in the clubs’ fortunes until new players are added to the team.


  • PBA holds Onduparaka in home thriller

    ZOMBO. Paidha Black Angels football club (PBA) on Wednesday evening put up a spirited fight against Arua based Onduparaka football club in a thrilling match that ended in a one-all draw.


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  • Potential underutilized: The historical Arua tennis court and the struggle to revive the game.

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  • RDC blames rampant unemployment cases on poor education system

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    Coach Swadick Ssempiji.....


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