Hussein Mbalangu’s opinion on friendly game against Arua Soccer Academy

Hussein Mbalangu’s opinion on friendly game against Arua Soccer Academy

Arua Hill SC and Arua Soccer Academy played out a goalless draw in a friendly encounter at Arua Core PTC grounds, Mvara. Both teams had good chances in either halves though Arua Soccer Academy posed un expected threat more in the first half.

Alfred Leku had his goal ruled out for offside meanwhile Telvin Maina Irungu came close to scoring thanks to Amononi Ratibu’s saving artistry. On the other side Kamis Matinga and Edema Farouk kept Isaac Mulindwa busy in office as they had their shots on target stopped by the Arua Hill shot stopper.

Our head coach Mbalangu in post match interview gave us his view over the game including Alfred Leku’s attitude and his goal that was ruled out.

On how the team performed and decision to make 100% changes

It has been good and balanced game because we are trying to give every player chance so that they can prove themselves because we can’t only have first XI, we should have the backup.

So those who played yesterday, we have rested them and then we try to give the others who didn’t travel or play a chance so that they can cover up.

On how teenage duo Telvin Maina and Yashir Mimosa played?

They have played very well. They are young and we gave them a chance to play 90 minutes together with senior players.

How challenging was it to play Arua Soccer Academy?

Yeah they are very good. Here in West Nile there is talent and it shows through such teams. Our opponents were hard and very good on the ball, and know us. They gave us a challenge.

Any correlation between how Arua Soccer Academy and Big League teams?

As you know, we are preparing for Big League and Big League teams play like this team so they are giving us a good test.

Would the challenge be the same if we used the players that played against Yumbe Select?

If we used the players who played in Yumbe, the challenge would be different. Because the maturity of the senior team and their mental stability besides their speed and comfortability with the ball, we would have won this match.

Who in the opponent team was impressive to you?

The whole team. The players were very good and physically they are okay. Our Head of Junior  team Bosco Onama who stood in their touchline knows how we play and of course gave hints. That’s why they were a bit conservative and they wanted to catch us on counter but we play as a team in both attacking and defending.

Why was Rashid Agau and Allan Mugalu substituted off immediately before the second half kicked off?

We try to give every player 90 minutes. So Agau and Mugalu had played 45 minutes in Yumbe and they were aware, we would offer them only the first half.

How then did Kawawa and Kakooza who came in play?

Kawawa played well though Kakooza struggled because he has been down with injury but I know he will catch up.

Alfred Leku didn’t travel with us to Yumbe as he arrived when the bus was leaving. You instructed he should be left back, how do you find his attitude in the pitch today?

He has been with a positive attitude, he even apologized before we started and we forgave him because he knew his  mistake and expressed remorse.

He had good runs and worked hard. He registered a goal though it was wrongfully cancelled. The officials considered it an offisde which I didn’t see. However he generally played well and that’s what we need because we want maximum respect, discipline and hard work. Because now we are on three things, performance, time and dress code.