A win is all that is needed for us to clinch automatic promotion. Our upcoming fixture against Gaddafi at Kyabazinga Stadium offers us a huge chance to do just that.
Both sides know what is at stake ahead of Wednesday clash. For Arua Hill, a win means direct promotion. Whereas Gaddafi also has chance for direct access to top flight but have to start preparation with a win against us.
Though, as Hussein Mbalangu has experienced and very well understands following their first round meeting that ended 2-2, Hassan Zungu and Co shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Arua Hill threw away the chance to collect it all after allowing the visitors come twice from behind to level matters last April in Arua.
Gaddafi in their last time out registered a 6-2 win against Paidha Black Angels. They have not shown mercy recently and will want to double their ruthlessness but Arua Hill will want to ensure that does not happen.
When the second round commenced, Arua Hill drew their first two games before embarking on a spell of three wins allowing them to break-off from the immediate followers Gaddafi, Blacks Power and Kataka with three points clear.
A bounce back performance against Maroons and Mbale Heroes was needed and that’s exactly what the Leopards provided. Consistence against West Nile counterparts Calvary FC was also required last time out, they lived to the billing.
A more than deserved 2-0 victory at Greenlight Stadium has put the Leopards at the verge of first time Uganda Premier League appearance after five failed attempts.
Okhuti could continue to play in the starting XI following his first start last Sunday since obtaining a groin damage in April against the same opponents.
The availability of Arua Hill’s offensive midfielder Allan Mugalu was confirmed by the head coach Hussein Mbalangu today after their last training session held at Jinja SS play grounds.
Gadaffi Gadinho didn’t travel due to obvious ineligibility for the game after receiving his third Yellow card during the 2-0 win over Calvary.
Mbalangu during press talk admits Mugalu’s return is beneficial, discusses rearrangement of fixture and our opponents
“We are in a new normal, we know anything can happen and we’re expecting such no wonder we came very early incase of any problem, we are already in the site,” Mbalangu revealed during press talk after today’s morning session.
“It has a way of disorganizing because we had to travel the whole day, so we needed at least to rest but now we can not rest. That’s why we have come and trained the kind of training we normally don’t do in the last session, but we had to kill the fatigue and maintain the fitness,” he added.
“But the session has been okay, no body is injured, nobody is showing tiredness, their body is good and is adaptable.
“For us we always handle game per game, I know their targets are like ours which is to earn promotion. They play good game and equally us so people will watch interesting football.
“It’s very good he has returned and the team is complete. We are happy Mugalu is back and looks sharp in front of goal in our last training and his movement is okay. I guess he is fully recovered and that’s helpful in tomorrow’s game.”
Jolikiba’s view about the clash
Arua Hill may be away from home but are favorites to win this match because they have direct promotion to play for and wouldn’t want to risk it.
The hosts of course have similar ambition but they need to win both games and the pressure that comes with is another case to deal with, which gives the visitors many more reason for motivation.
Incase Arua Hill plays to the bar they’ve set the past three games and same game management, attitude and approach they had in games against Maroons, Mbale Heroes and Calvary is applied, then promotion for the West Nile outfit is sure to be secured tomorrow.
Of course in football, anything is possible and surprises have been witnessed time and again. It isn’t obviously going to be a walk in the park, Arua Hill will throb because Gaddafi has what it takes to create that scenario and cause frustration but once Arua Hill deals with complacency and handles the game with iron hands, Hassan Zungu will not replicate his ways like he did in the reverse fixture.
Arua Hill is one of the best if not the best team in FUFA Big League this season across both groups. Their arsenal and prowess speaks through the goals as they’ve scored the highest goals (21) in 12 games.
The backline has conceded the least (7) and has been as solid as an ice block kept in a deep freezer with seven clean sheets recorded, four in the first round and three in the second round and though playing away, records don’t suggest Gaddafi an indestructible side at home as they’ve already lost up to three at home, that in itself points to Leopards’ win and promotion.
Where to get updates
As usual, our media team is excited to keep you updated through the club social media pages including Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp. The game will also be broadcast by StarTimes and will show live at 3PM EAT on Sanyuka TV