March was a month that saw us play 5 games in the Startimes Uganda Premier League with journeys across the central and western parts of the country. Our games came mostly against two mid table opposition teams, two relegation threateaned teams and one title chasing side.
We started off the month on the 3rd of March with a home game against Wakiso Giants a team that was comfortably sitting mid table and posed a threat to our top 4 challenge. In this game, the new month was definitely going to be ours as we slayed the Giants of Wakiso at the Barifa Stadium with our top marksman Alfred Leku and a brilliant Rashid Kawawa hatrick sealed the giant’s fate before the stroke of half time and condemened them to a 4-2 loss in Arua.
Next up was a trip to the barracks as the army side UPDF called. Bombo was the venue and the game was played on the 9th of March just six days after demolishing Wakiso Giants. A tightly contested affair that saw us concede in the dying minutes of half time and saw the hosts miss a penalty, the boys came out well determined not to lose the game in the second half. Ibrahim Thembo posed a bigger threat to the opposition with his exquisite long throwing ability that was one of the main artillery weapons the army men had to deal with. In the end we were able to break their defence and former army man Bright Vuni assisted Kabuye to equalise for us in the 87th minute thus ending the game one a piece.
After the draw in Bombo, we then embarked on getting back our winning mojo as this time stubborn Bright Stars visited us in Arua on the 15th of March. A game that was scheduled for 2pm in the scotching Arua sun was never going to be the opposition’s game. We looked the better side creating good chances and finding pockets of space in the opposition defence. Bright Vuni this time scored before half time with a perfectly placed header to send us in the lead at the break. The second half was never going to be an affair of any come back for the away team as we held on to all the maximum points bagging our first clean sheet of the month of March.
A trip to Fort Portal was on the cards and this time it was bottom side Tooro United. 500 miles plus away from home into foreign territory, the first of its kind in our season was the call and we set sail for the west for the game scheduled on the 25th of March. The game that saw us welcome back Allan Mugalu and also lose Robert Eseru to injury merely could not bear any fruit for us as we both settled for a barren draw at Buhinga Stadium. Another clean sheet for the team but a difficult day for the fowards who created many chances but could not bury any. 0-0 it ended.
The last piece of action took us back to Bombo with back to back away games ending the month. This time not in the barracks but at Ndejje University. An enticing encounter awaited as a real top 4 fight was on the cards. Just 5 days from Fort Portal, we set our routes to the Arena of Visions where URA lay in wait for the Leopards. It was 2nd vs 5th. A few of our boys were in for the international break and we were set to play on the 30th of March. Gladly before the game, we had all our boys back in the team and we were raring to go. Another 2pm game it was and a tight encounter with quality opposition. The tax collectors failed to breach our defense as Anyama stood the test of time while the pairing of Toha and Vuni were so solid to deny the hosts any access to the back of the net. On the other hand, the ball was put in the back of the net but a questionable offside call by the assistant referee denied us a goal. We had to take home another barren draw but this time the display was kongolo and a good third clean sheet of the month was in the bag.
As the month ended, we had two wins and three draws in the books. We also sat 5th on the league table level on points with 4th placed BUL FC on 38 points, two ahead of Express FC and just 4 points behind 3rd placed KCCA. Rashid Kawawa’s hatrick against Wakiso Giants ensured that he picked the most goals of the month for us and three clean sheets for Richard Anyama proved our backline was kongolo enough.
Happy new month folks!