Arua Hill SC have confirmed their 22-man squad that will travel to Kampala on Monday morning to face Maroons FC in the StarTimes FUFA Big League fixture on Thursday.
Ahead of the game, Hussein Mbalangu had confirmed that his usual squad was fit to face the Luzira outfit, with the exception of Sabir Simba and Isaac Okello who remain sidelined with injury sustained before the league started and Sabir Edema who is on sick leave.
The absence of Kenyan teenager Telvin Maina was confirmed due to his pending International Transfer Certificate with Gadafi Gadinho whose licencing process is in its late stages but following Oscar Agaba’s injury that has shown no sign of quick recovery, Gadinho has been included together with Patrick Matovu who has chance to pass late fitness test before game day and Sanday Aleni Benard.
Despite 19 players appearing on previous match day squad, only Oscar Agaba will miss out. Ahead of the midweek clash in central Uganda, other players who will also miss out consist of young stars and school going like Idd Abdulwahid, Mimosa Yashir and Ronald Media Innocent.
As confirmed by the media team from the head coach, Hussein Mbalangu, 22 players have been selected to travel to Luzira to contend with Maroons at the Prison Grounds.
Accompanying the players will be a technical staff of three, two physicians, kits Manager and his assistant, five media persons, and one sales representative.
Richard Anyama, Rashid Yakin, Dan Birikwalira, Rashid Muhamed, Mike Kawooya, Baden Mujahid, Paddy Muhumuza, Caeser Okhuti, Allan Mugalu, Rashid Agau, Franco Oringa, Aggrey Kiirya, Aggrey Atandu, Rajab Kakooza, Alfred Leku, Rashid Kawawa, Samari Ajobe, Brian Ade, Emmanuel Mutebi, Gadafi Gadinho, Sanday Aleni Benard, Patrick Matovu
Head coach Hussein Mbalangu, assistant coach Joseph Kiwanuka and goal keeping coach lvan Ntambi.
Innocent Aguta and Comfort Asiomizu
Brian Munguleni and Godfrey Ayikobua
Head of Media Adams Otelul Lematia , Writing and Publications Manager Joel Jolikiba Anguyo, Digital Manager/ Social Media expert Oliver Asea, Videographer Innocent Atiku Kunde and Photographer Denis Tyler Oromokoma
Jemimah Blessing Mustapha
“It was not an easy game.”-Hussein Mbalangu
Arua Hill SC has maintained perfect start after they registered their fully deserved second Big League win over Kataka FC at Barifa Play Ground.
Arua Hill SC, who carried their winning mentality from game one, were the more vibrant and positive team against Kataka FC as the Mbale side once again tasted defeat in a row after losing to Calvary FC two days back.
The Leopard’s hero was in-form striker Caeser Okhuti, who struck again and now has two goals in two games.
Before he inspired the first drawing of the first blood, he checked the goal keeper from a set piece with a tricky execution though but didn’t find a breakthrough, he also powered a header that only needed Kasibante to save.
Finally, Okhuti opened the scores off Rashid Agau corner delivery at the stroke of halftime. Allan Mugalu headed home off a Caeser Okhuti corner 19 minutes later whereas substitute Alfred Leku stretched himself to slot home in the 85th to call it done and dusted.
“It has not been easy because the opponents have been too physical, they use a lot of energy, too much running and too much body contact,” Mbalangu said during post match interview despite winning.
Awesome Arua Hill SC display their level
Oscar Agaba was fouled in the early stages of the game hence an emergency substitution was made and Kakooza was brought in.
The unexpected situation robbed Arua Hill SC of game plan Mbalangu admitted during the post match conference, and Paddy of his partner which created disorganization in the tactical method but Arua Hill still had excess for pathetic Kataka
And it was fitting that the three players who got the goals to maintain the status in the journey, were Okhuti, Mugalu and Leku – the Leopard’s three good, experienced and influential performers.
Alfred Leku has had to be introduced as the fight for competition has become a norm with the squad having both quality and quantity since the take over and massive recruitment of players.
But Leku is positive minded and confessed to media after the match, whoever the coach decides to play a head of him must definitely have been better than him in the coach’s view.
Leku has always been played consistently as a twin striker with Okhuti during the preseason and he has scored a couple of goals including the equalizer against Ndejje University five weeks ago and today he has shown his capability again by being faithful with the little time given him in pitch.
Meanwhile Allan Mugalu in the absence Gadafi Gadinho has fitted well and is doing exactly and or more than what is expected of him. Unlike previously when he won the penalty, he today showed another side of himself with a perfect headed goal.
Arua Hill SC will now face Maroons FC – the team that was relegated from the Premier League last season– but the prize at stake is now so attracting it is unlikely there will be a inkling of complacency from Mbalangu and Co.
Arua Hill are in a very favourable position in the StarTimes Big League Elgon group as they lead with six points and six goals.
Now they have a third fixture to look forward to in what is building up to be a potentially remarkable season as they intend to end their stay in the Big League.
Hussein Mbalangu has confirmed that there may likely be little to no changes to the Arua Hill SC starting XI when we play our second StarTimes FUFA Big League fixure on Saturday at Barifa Play Ground.
The Leopards had a perfect start after beating Blacks Power 3-1 and the gaffer says the team he selects for the second game against Kataka is likely to be similar to the one that gave his side a perfect start – although he confirmed Richard Anyama and Allan Mugalu were his only worries as the two had picked knocks in the last game.
“We may not make a lot of changes as our doubts over Anyama and Mugalu have been cleared,” he said.
Dan Birikwalira, Mike Kawooya, Rashid Muhamed, Rashid Yakin, Paddy Muhumuza, Oscar Agaba, Baden Mujahid, Rashid Agau, and Caeser Okhuti were all involved in the previous game and so they are likely to be assigned to duty again.
The boss says Gadafi Gadinho, Sabir Simba, Isaac Okello, Patrick Matovu and Edema Sabir will not be involved, but is close to a return, and also gave an update on Kenya Youth International Telvin Maina Irungu whom have not been licensed due to delay in processing his International Transfer Certificate (ICT).
“Isaac Okello, Sabir Simba and Patrick Matovu have returned to training but lack fitness, but they’re getting closer, so maybe they can join in when they are ready. But we are working on Gadinho’s license meanwhile and we await Edema Sabir to return from sick leave.” Said Mbalangu.
OSCAR AGABA ANTICIPATES TOUGH GAME IN KATAKA FC CLASH
Oscar Agaba has said Arua Hill SC fixture against Kataka FC on Saturday will be a tougher game compared to their last game against Blacks Power FC.
The midfielder who produced a noteworthy performance for 90 minutes as a blocker in a 4-1-4-1 formation in the last game that ended 3-1, has made a clean breast on what to expect in the second game of the FUFA Big League, stating ‘Kataka game will be tougher’
“It won’t be an easy game, it will be a tougher game than the one we played yesterday against Blacks Power,” he told media during the prematch conference.
“In fact I think the rest of the fixtures will not be an easy go as every other club is eyeing promotion.” Agaba added.
The Leopards lead the Elgon Group table after registering 3-1 victory in the first game of the season. They host Kataka FC at the Barifa Play Grounds on 27th–03–2021.
Arua Hill Sports Club unveils website
By Communication Department
Arua Hill SC today launches its first ever website with a range of features designed to make it easy for visitors and fans to learn the latest news and information related to the club.
The design and outlook was made after a proper research and observation of websites of football clubs from around the world.
The site is designed to give users easy access to content, and offering a noble insight into all events happening in the club.
The Leopard’s website has a distinct direction and page arrangement with eight main tabs on the homepage which makes it simple to use.
Press conferences featuring club chairman, coaches and players can easily be viewed on the website, with clips built on the club YouTube page and embedded on the site.
Statista mentions in the third quarter of 2020, mobile devices generated 50.81% of global website traffic, consistently oscillating around the 50 percent mark since the beginning of 2017, with that in mind, the website is designed with consideration of users of smart phones, tablets and other smart gadgets.
In addition, content accessibility across social media platforms just in a click is also developed with visitors able to link stories to Facebook and Twitter by clicking the icons placed inside story images.
The club is looking at the website being the ultimate reference source for Arua Hill SC fans, journalists and other visitors.
Joel Anguyo, the writing and publication manager Arua Hill SC, who monitored and gave directives during the designing process, said: “It took us three months to come up with what we deem is simply perfect.”
“We had to study websites of very many clubs all over the world and picked different concepts which we improved in our imaginations before it gave us a clear picture of what we would need,”
“Our main aim was to see we develop an easier to use website especially when accessed using smart phones, and also have social media buttons that users can click to share our content to the social media platforms to spread information and increase our reach.”
To see Arua Hill SC website, visit aruahillsc.ug