Our head coach Hussein Mbalangu has said the promotion target is still mission possible inspite of contest the Big League has offered the team.
The gaffer was speaking to the press after the Gaddafi game that unexpectedly ended 2-2 when Bithum scored a late eqailizer on Thursday afternoon to deny the Leopards the chance to protect the two point lead in Elgon Group.
“Promotion is still so much possible because we lead the table,” Mbalangu said during the post match conference.
“The league is competitive and interesting but the promotion is still mission possible.” He re-echoed.
Arua Hill got an early lead when Caeser Okhuti headed home in the 2nd minute but find themselves levelled with the visitors when Bamukyaye neutralized the scores in the 27th minute.
The second half presented Rashid Agau, Alfred Leku and Baden Mujahid with a series of goal scoring opportunities but they didn’t get lucky.
Mbalangu reacted on the chances that went unutilized, with a confession of regret.
“Gaddafi FC gave us a good challenge though I expected us to win the game,” he said.
“I regret chances that were squandered by Agau, Leku ,and Baden during the game.” He noted.
Mbalangu had hoped Arua Hill would finish the first round with 17 points, but with the draw, the Leopards have dropped two points leaving the gaffer with no option but set fresh target.
“We’re hoping to finish with 17 points but now we have to ensure we win our next match and get the 15 points,” he said.
“The boys are up for the PBA SC challenge & I expect maximum points at Bar Okoro though I have respect for yet again a West Nile derby.” He added.
Skipper Okhuti didn’t last long in the pitch after giving Arua Hill the lead as he was substituted off following an injury in the 19th minute. Mbalangu gave update on his injury status while admitting there is option incase the worse happens
“Okhuti is a key component of the team, sorry that he pulled a muscle during the game but I’m confident the striker will come back soon however in his absence Leku will help the team upfront.
On the penalties Arua Hill has conceded, Mbalangu said, “The way we are conceding penalties is not good and you realize the opponents are enjoying a lions share.”
On the unbeaten run, Mbalangu revealed it’s not by mistake while acknowledging he didn’t intend it to be accompanied with draws.