Arua Hill secure a comfortable victory over nine-man Mbale Heroes. Allan Mugalu’s first half header set the Leopards on their way and they effectively managed the game after that, with Mbale chances few and far between. Baden Mujahid’s first Big League goal for Arua Hill sealed the win for the hosts late on.
The Leopards team sheet had one change in the starting XI, with Aggrey Kiirya taking over the right fullback position from Rashid Yakin who was benched, Arua Hill didn’t take long before they characteristically opened the scores just two minutes into the game.
Richard Anyama delivered a long ball into the opponent box right to Baden Mujahid, the no.10 released to Alfred Leku who passed to the right for Gadafi Gadinho who accurately picked out Mugalu before the attacking midfielder powered home the header in the 2nd minute.
Ibrahim Kibumba attempted to restore hope for Hussein Kheri from a set piece but his freekick execution flew far from the target in the 4th minute.
Brian Olega was booked in the 10th minute for a rough play on Richard Anyama meanwhile Edmond Wamboka strike was too direct and powerless to beat Anyama.
The first half ended with Arua Hill incharge as the early goal stood unchallenged. Fide Muhwezi made efforts to save his side at the start of second half with a powered header that went wide.
Mbale Heroes received triple Yellow card after three players were booked with Joel Ayella, Fide Muhwezi and Buchochera Jamal all falling victim in the 52nd minute, then five minutes later Buchochera was shown marching orders for rough play on Paddy Muhumuza, which triggered a collapse for Hussein Kheri and Co.
But then still, Godfrey Lubangkene came for the visitor’s rescue when Baden whipped a ball that was headed for goal before the center back interrupted it’s direction.
Hussein Mbalangu introduced Rajab Kakooza, Rashid Kawawa, and Aggrey Atandu for Allan Mugalu, Rashid Agau and Rashid Muhamed in the 73rd minute whereas Brian Ade was brought in for Alfred Leku in the 82nd minute.
Meanwhile Kheri introduced Stephen Makumba for Fide Muhwezi and Faisal Kiberu for Luka Okori in the 78th minute.
Ade only lasted in the pitch for two minutes as Hilbert Hatimu intentionally went rough on him before he was left injured and vulnerable to continue, Mbalangu was forced to introduce Samari Ajobe in his place meanwhile Hatimu became the second Mbale player to be sent off as a result of his actions.
Baden wrapped up the scoring in the 90th minute after picking a pass from Gadafi Gadinho and dribbling past Mbale players before looping the ball over to seal the win.
“We struggled to play our way because they came to kick” – What Mbalangu said post match
Arua Hill coach speaking to club media: “We have had to change the way we play. As long as we get a goal, it means we are leading.
“We have been losing points because of rushing when we are one goal up, remember football is a matter of creating chances, utilizing while guarding your goal so now we are guarding because there is no need to rush.
“It doesn’t matter even if they’re were less, even seven players can win a game but the most important thing, we have won.
“They came here not to play but kick. You saw how the goalie came and kicked Ade.
“Their intention was not to play football but to fight so we couldn’t score like we would wish when they come to break legs remember we are human beings, we don’t want to lose players so the game has been tough but we wanted to win and indeed we got what we wanted.”
Arua Hill will now have 11 days to prepare for their next fixture with Calvary FC in June. Win that and the dream will be in a gaze, given the negligible difference in points with close associates Gaddafi and Blacks Power, that will be hope providing.
Arua Hill Starting XI: Anyama, Kiirya, Dan, Muhamed, Kawooya, Muhumuza, Baden, Gadinho, Leku, Mugalu, Agau
Sub: Oringa, Atandu, Ajobe, Kakooza, Kawawa, Yakin, Ade
Mbale Heroes Starting XI: Hatimu, Kibumba, Ayella, Lubangkene, Malunda, Mayanja, Olega, Buchochera, Okori, Muhwezi, Wamboka
Sub: Makumba, Jakony, Opima, Kiberu, Kapyo, Owundo, Matovu