Gaddafi 0-0 Arua Hill: The Leopards as good as qualified

Arua Hill team celebrates because they have 99% chance of clinching promotion despite drawing with Gaddafi FC
Arua Hill team celebrates because they have 99% chance of clinching promotion despite drawing with Gaddafi FC

Arua Hill place one foot to the Uganda Premier League after playing barren draw with Gaddafi at Kyabazinga Stadium-Bugembe on Wednesday afternoon.

The draw means Arua Hill are now 27 point and maintain the three point lead on top of Elgon group, with greater goal difference of 14.

Arua Hill team sheet had three changes as Rashid Yakin, Aggrey Atandu and Samari Ajobe came in for Aggrey Kiirya, Rashid Muhamed and Gadaffi Gadinho who featured in the last game.

Mbalangu’s game plan to ensure at least a point is picked from the clash worked when they managed to with stand Hassan Zungu’s side that fought hard in search of a breakthrough.

In the first half, Richard Anyama saved an effort from Frank Mulimi whereas James Otim’s attempt missed the target and later on failed to utilize a one on one chance as Anyama stopped him.

In the second half Arua Hill’s Caesar Okhuti and Rashid Agau combined to set up Baden Mujahid but the no.10’s close range poke missed the target by an inch.

Alfred Leku was shown marching orders after elbowing Najib Fesali towards the final stage of the game meanwhile the Leopards stood strong to resist the hosts from causing harm.

Arua Hill will now head into the final game of the season against Paidha Black Angels with so much advantage and has 99% chance to seal promotion to the top flight football in sixth time of asking  because Gaddafi is required to register victory with several goals against Calvary FC at the same time Arua Hill must lose to their guests which certainly requires miracle.

Club Chairman Joel A’ita Jaffer in mask joins players in celebration ahead of a likely promotion to Uganda Premier League

Arua Hill head coach  Hussein Mbalangu

“I am very happy with this result, the boys did it the way we planned.

“We came when we’re having point from our previous meeting, we didn’t have pressure when we’re playing, we had the advantage with goal difference so even if they had beaten us, we would still be ahead of them.

“But our mindset was  of protecting our unbeaten run. Gaddafi is a good team that plays on the wings because their wingers are very good and talented so that’s why didn’t rush. If we scored, it would have been a bonus.

Gaddafi Starting XI

Didi, Kyeyune, Otim, Kasadha, Munguchi, Bamukyaye, Mulimi, Mugunda, Ngobi, Madondo, Fesali,

Sub

Mujampani, Ofongo, Massa, Serwada, Obele, Kawaga, Bithum

Arua Hill Starting XI

Anyama, Yakin, Dan, Atandu, Kawooya, Ajobe, Baden, Muhumuza, Okhuti, Mugalu, Agau

Sub

Oringa, Simba, Kakooza, Kiirya, Kawawa, Leku, Mutebi