Kawawa, Mike and Leku score to inspire Arua Hill SC to a Uganda Cup victory

Kawawa, Mike and Leku score to inspire Arua Hill SC to a Uganda Cup victory.

It flooded goals as Arua Hill beat UPDF 3-2 at Barifa Play Ground to register a sparkling victory against the premier league side in the round of 32 of the Stanbic Uganda Cup, courtesy of  Kawawa, Mike and Leku goals.

A goal from each of the above mentioned players was enough to put Mbalangu’s side in the leading position ahead of Sunday’s return leg at Bombo Play Ground, where the team will make effort to secure last 16 spot.

The Leopards and UPDF produced a high quality first-half display though it was the visitors who made the first failed move to score when Bright Joseph Vuni’s first headed attempt went wide in the 2nd minutes.

Both sides applied a high press, had an end to end movement and caused issues to each other’s defense.

Arua Hill nevertheless struck first in the 18th minute through Rashid Kawawa after Gadafi Gadinho threaded a pass, and doubled their lead through Mike Kawooya’s header in the 36th minute off Emmanuel Mutebi corner but just at the stroke of halftime, Alex Kitata pulled one  for the visitors.

Ten minutes inside second half, Mike Kawooya made a unsuccessful attempt to get a brace as his head brush found an attentive Wasswa Yusuf. Arua Hill got another chance in the 56th minute when Gadinho floated a freekick that would stand a chance to get home but Alfred Leku failed to get in touch with the flying ball.

Kefa Kisala’s charges leveled matters through Bright Joseph Vuni in the 58th minute off a Hassan Zinde corner.  But it took Arua Hill only three minutes to restore their lead after Alfred Leku made no mistake to slot home following Kawawa’s delivery.

“It didn’t take us long to get back to leading because I don’t believe in defending if you can remember during my first press conference I talked about scoring many and more than my opponents,” Mbalangu bragged on the reaction of the boys to the equalizer.

The gaffer made seven changes from the squad that played Big League last week, with Franco Oringa, Patrick Matovu, Aggrey Atandu, Rashid Kawawa, Alfred Leku, Gadafi Gadinho and Emmanuel Mutebi  coming into the starting XI to replace Richard Anyama, Dan Birikwalira, Rashid Muhamed, Baden Mujahid, Caeser Okhuti, Allan Mugalu and Rashid Agau.

With approximately 75% change in the squad, the team didn’t struggle to play and has maintained the three goals at home though conceded unusually twice.

The coach has hyped the display of the boys and equated their ability to the consistent squad that represents in the Big League. He however mentioned to the club media, the conceded goals came as a result of lack of communication between the defenders other than cohesion and understanding amongst them

Arua Hill will now travel to Bombo for the reverse fixture slated for Sunday 11th April 2021. They will need to trade carefully and avoid conceding away to stand a chance of progressing to the next round.