Hussein Mbalangu is pleased with Arua Hill’s win as they got back to winning ways from their Thursday draw in Mbale to claim a hard fought win against Calvary FC in the FUFA Big League.
Mbalangu named a balanced side in sense of experience and skill with 20 year old Rashid Kawawa included amongst the four changes from previous squad.
Other new faces were Aggrey Atandu, Aggrey Kiirya, and Samari Ajobe. Julius Malingumu was thorn in Arua Hill’s flesh in both first and second half but Richard Anyama who would easily go with man of the match award stopped him with great saves.
The Calvary no. 10 was also denied a goal when his penalty execution hit the Left pole even after sending Anyama the wrong way.
Meanwhile Paddy Muhumuza twice tried to give Arua Hill a breakthrough in the first half but Norman Afindru couldn’t allow him.
The Leopards had to wait for Allan Mugalu second-half finish to open the scoring following throw in effort from substitute Dan Birikwalira. The left back threw deep into the box for Baden Mujahid who also came as substitute to brush off before Mugalu headed home the only goal of the game in the 51st minute.
“We’re happy because we got three points,” Mbalangu told the press after the match.
“Remember our strategy here is, we must win even if 1-0, 2-0 as long as we win.” He added.
The game which was foreseen to be action packed never disappointed as Borine Ahmed Olima’s young talents showcased what they had fearlessly.
Arua Hill head coach is equally in admission the game lived up to its billing but he attributed it to the derby approach.
“This game was a derby, derbies are like that because they (players) know each other, stay in the same area, some of them grew together so they came to challenge each other,” Mbalangu said.
The win not only means Arua Hill maintain leadership on Elgon Group with 11 points but double their point gap from new immediate followers Kataka FC who claimed the second spot after surprising 7th place Blacks Power 1-0 as Maroons drift downwards to 4th following the 1-0 shocking defeat at home to 6th place Mbale Heroes.
Arua Hill are now next in action when they host 3rd place Gaddafi FC in the Big League on Thursday 22/04/2021 (4PM EAT).
Arua Hill SC Starting XI: Anyama, Kiirya, Matovu, Kawooya, Atandu, Ajobe, Kawawa, Muhumuza, Okhuti, Mugalu, Mutebi
Sub: Oringa, Dan, Atandu, Kakooza, Yakin, Leku, Baden
Calvary Starting XI: Norman, Adriko, Afema, Feni, Ahmed, Sabir, Abel, Junior, Julius, Agotre, Andima
Sub: Andama, Benard, Omar, Jamil, Osman, Swadick, Adinan