The hard working defender has joined Arua Hill SC on a two-year deal. He links up with Charles L. Mbabazi, his former manager at Onduparaka and Wakiso Giants, with the deal also including extension option.
“It’s a move I’ve longed for, with it being officialized I feel relaxed and comfortable because now I can get to concentrate in the pitch,” Atendele told club media.
“We’ve discussed much with the coaches, now we want to work towards actualizing our dream.” He added.
Atendele joins from Wakiso Giants after playing for the Purple Sharks for a season and half. Prior to that, Atendele played for Regional league sides Kiboga Young in 2016/17 and Koboko Rising Stars for the seasons 2017/18 and 2018/19.
He also featured in the Buganda Masaza Cup with Gomba Lions in 2015, before winning the competition with Buddu in 2016 and finishing 3rd with the same side the following edition. 2018 saw him feature in the same competition for Bugerere whereas 2019 for Buddu.
He made his Uganda Premier League debut following his move to Onduparaka FC in the first round of the 2019/20 season where his display attracted interest from Wakiso Giants which he joined in the second half of the 2019/20 season.
An offensive–minded right-sided full-back, Atendele is known for his hardworking, crossing, which tempts him to advance forward, make overlapping runs, provide width to his team and link-up with the attack.
Regarded as one of the best right-backs in the Uganda Premier League, despite making his top flight presentation as recent as 2019, he is also known for his aggressiveness and consistency as well as his defensive ability.
In the opinion of pundits, he is such a well-balanced player in both defensive and offensive aspect of his game.
Arua Hill SC Chairman Eng. Joel A’ita Jaffer has confirmed the club will donate branded balls to West Nile clubs as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the effort to promote football in the region.
The Chairman made the announcement following a meeting with Proprietor of Sports Rise Mr. Douglas Smith on Thursday September 23, 2021.
“Today I received Mr. Douglas Smith proprietor of Sport Rise, a Ugandan football manufacturing company, impressed with his model,” Eng. A’ita said in a statement.
“In line with Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU), I have ordered for him to make for Arua Hill SC branded balls we shall use and donate some to West Nile Football Clubs,” he added.
“This will be a CSR for Arua Hill SC in line with football development in West Nile.” The Chairman summarized.
Arua Hill is thrilled to announce that David Ndihabwe has officially joined the club from Maroons FC. The gargantuan midfielder signs with Leopards a two-year deal that will keep him at Barifa till 2023.
“This move has been great and I’m looking forward to make the most out of it,” Ndihabwe told aruahillsc.ug
Ndihabwe is a holding midfielder who is also capable of playing as a defender. His significant strengths are passing range, great vision and great physical strength which made him key in Maroons’ midfield last season.
With great strength comes great stamina and responsibility, Ndihabwe proudly acknowledges this fact and explained to club media his wish to continue using his features to the benefit of his new home.
“Pretty much with the great team we have, I have to use everything I can for the good of the team including my natural strength and stamina to the benefit of the team since there are some games and moments in the game that require physical exertion,” Ndihabwe said.
“However, for me it’s improving tactically first than physical but I can’t deny the physique helps as well,” he noted before adding the anticipated positive impact the technical team will contribute to his growth, “No doubt we have one of the best tacticians in the country with great football minds and deep understanding of the game so that’s a given. I can improve and I welcome the challenge.”
Ndihabwe began his playing career at SC Victoria University now defunct where he played between 2013 and 2015. His performances attracted interest from Rwandan side Bugesera FC for which he featured in the 2015/16 season before Express FC came for his signature in 2016 and played till 2018. He signed for Kitara FC for two seasons in 2018 before moving to Big League side Maroons FC in 2020.
He is exceptional with good technique, much as he also shines defensively at breaking down opponent’s attacking rhythm and winning back possession through powerful tackling gift.
He is known for his speed, besides stamina and physical appearance, which he often combines with high work rate. He is also capable of scoring goals due to his powerful heading ability enhanced by his height which is 6 ft 3 inch. He uses his height advantage to win possession and or clear the ball off from danger situations which has made him a player with great aerial prowess.
His certified arrival is a great addition to the Arua Hill midfield and his partnership with already unveiled Ibrahim Faizul is a show fans and well-wishers will want to witness.
Bright Joseph Vuni has joined Arua Hill SC from UPDF. The 23-year-old becomes the second player to join us from UPDF this transfer season after penning four-year deal.
Despite displaying his potential at his own schedule other than the expected juncture, Vuni has shown his capability as reliable defender. He is known for good positional sense, and also a strong tackler.
“Happy to sign for home side because it’s a dream come true,” Vuni told Arua Hill media shortly after inking the deal
“Ever since leaving my place of birth, I’ve played away and haven’t had the chance to express myself and share what I have with my own people. This move will actualize my dream.
“I hope to do great for the club and I know some years from now, I would have achieved much for Arua Hill and myself too.”
Vuni spent the 2019/20 season playing regional league for Young Simba in Buganda, where he grew and improved as a player, and made his top flight debut with UPDF FC in 2020/21 after earning promotion from the junior side and signing for the Army side at the start of the season.
In a single season with the Bombo side, Vuni scored three goals in 26 appearances in all competitions. Although not as tall as most great headers of the ball, he nonetheless excels in the air, both offensively and defensively.
Vuni also possess good pace, power, agility and quick feet, as well as significant mental strength. Due to his versatility and range of skills, as well as his ability to carry the ball out of defense and get forward, and releasing long range passes, he is also capable of playing as a right back on occasion.
He has also featured in Masaza Cup for Mawogola in 2018/19 and Gomba in 2020. Everyone at Arua Hill welcomes Vuni to the club.
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Arua Hill SC fans participated on a vast scale in the first episode of the ‘wear your local jersey’ campaign today. The wear your local jersey campaign is a drive Arua Hill adopted from within the country in the effort to promote the club, club attires and brand, with Friday designated for the campaign.
The Leopards’ fans from all parts of the country took part in the campaign, and shared their images in the attires via Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp meanwhile Arua Hill media was able to make a few collections. Arua Hill intends to have the crusade on a weekly base and encourages more fans to take part as it will resume next Friday.
Below are some of the images assembled.
Arua Hill SC and Onduparaka FC have agreed the transfer of Isaac Okello. The defender joined us in 2020 as free agent after the expiry of his contract from Kenyan National Super League side, KCB Nairobi in 2019 but was unfortunate to have not made any appearance.
Our club thanks the player for his professionalism and exemplary conduct throughout his time with the club amidst the challenges.
Okello is a versatile defender, competent and aggressive tackler, gifted with good distribution, passing, and crossing ability. His tactical and technical prowess surely will take him to greater heights.
Arua Hill would once more like to express gratitude to Isaac Okello and his family and wish him the best of luck in the new environment as he looks forward to exciting season with his new club Onduparaka FC.
Arua Hill can confirm Rashid Agau has completed a move to Onduparaka FC. The forward joined the Leopards in October 2020 from Premier League club Maroons FC.
He made his debut for the club at home in a Big League match against Blacks Power FC in March 25, 2021 and scored his only goal in Arua Hill’s 2-0 win over Calvary FC at Green Light Stadium.
In total, he made 14 league appearances, and he played 13 of the 14 games as a starter. Everybody would like to thank Agau for his service to the club and wish him success for the future.
Arua Hill SC Chairman Eng. Joel A’ita Jaffer has revealed club target for the season as the team prepares for the first top flight experience in the 2021/22 Uganda Premier League campaign.
He made the revelation on Wednesday afternoon during the Endiba Yaffe Extra, a sports program that airs in Sanyuka TV.
“The first year is survival mode. Most clubs promoted to the Uganda Premier League often get relegated after one season,” Chairman A’ita revealed.
“So in our first season, we plan to understand and learn the league then the following season or after that we should have the trophy,” he added.
The Leopards qualified to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League for the first time in six years after finishing the season unbeaten, topping the Elgon Group with 30 points and the crowning stroke came when they defeated Rwenzori Group winners Tooro United, 1-0 and emerge champions of the second tier in August.
Chairman A’ita also discussed football development and sustainability in Uganda during the shame show after the program host Martin Kaddu who also works as Uganda Premier League commentator tasked him to explain the plans available that will ensure Arua Hill SC defy the odds and successfully manage the common challenges Ugandan clubs face such as financial, infrastructural amongst others.
“Sports in Uganda is taken as leisure, for us it’s business, trophy is number two,” Chairman A’ita began responding to Kaddu’s query.
“Before acquiring the club, we started building a stadium which construction is now at 70% with 150 show rooms, 4-star hotel, 80 rooms, 30 apartments, doctors plaza,” he continued.
“We sold 60% of the business, we kept 40% for Development Infrastructure which we anticipate will make 5 to 6 billion Uganda Shillings per annum and some of the proceeds will go into funding Arua Hill SC,” A’ita explained further.
“We plan to have other disciplines of sports later after establishing and rooting the football club well. We chose building a football stadium first so as to have a strong football club and change the disastrous experience of West Nile clubs against central clubs,” he added.
“FUFA is supportive when we started the stadium project and the club. The FUFA President Moses Magogo invited me for a discussion and he is impressed because his target is to see infrastructural growth in Ugandan football.” A’ita concluded.
Arua Hill signs Robert Eseru from UPDF. The long-limbed forward has signed a two-year deal and will add attacking firepower to Livingstone C. Mbabazi squad of 2021/22 Uganda Premier League season.
Robert Eseru first played for Future Stars FC from 2013-2016 and Light SS FC from 2016-2017 before he crossed to Ndejje University (2017-2019) and later UPDF FC (2019-2021). He spent two seasons with the Army side after helping them back to the Uganda Premier League (UPL).
Prior to UPDF move, the forward played a part in promoting Ndejje University team to the UPL. His glittering spell with Ndejje University mirrors in his personal achievements after scoring nine goals and assisting seven times in 18 games.
The forward was a key player for UPDF FC in 2020/21 netting five goals in the league and bundling two man of the match awards against Premier League SC Villa and now relegated MYDA.
He left the army side with eight goals and 15 assists in 30 games attached to his name. He joined Arua Hill SC after signing two years contract in September 2021.
Eseru is a versatile and well-rounded attacker, from a tactical standpoint, he is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, due to his ability to both create and score goals for his team, although he is most often deployed as a striker, due to his composure and eye for goal.
Eseru is good in the air, quick, tall standing 6ft 2in, strong and agile, he plays well with his back to goal and crows some of the best finishing, vision, passing and ball control around.
He has also functioned in a more creative playmaking role at times, as a supporting forward or even as a number 10, which allows him to drop into midfield to pick up the ball, where he can utilize his technical ability, vision, passing, and movement to create space and provide assists for teammates.