Onduparaka striker and captain, Muhammad Shaban has called upon the Onduparaka faithful to be patient and keep believing in him like they have always done in the past.
Since returning to the Arua based club after four years away, the only time the striker has scored is against his team mates in training, despite having started and finished up to five league games.
Despite the spirited display exhibited by the hardworking Onduparaka captain against UPDF in the opener, Bright Starts, Arua Hill, BUL and lately Vipers, he was still not able to find the back of the net.
Upon self evaluation, Shaban, who reportedly cost the Caterpillars 20 million to return to Arua is aware of his slow start himself, but also knows it will be a matter of time before he gets firing again.
“I know the fans are not so pleased that the goals are not really coming yet like they expected, particularly from me,” Shaban intimated to the Onduparaka media.
Ideally for Shaban however, the fact that he is playing football again is the ultimate goal at the moment.
“What matters most to me at the moment is playing the beautiful game of football again,” he added.
“It is not as easy to recover from the injuries I have suffered from for the past two seasons (while at Vipers).”
“I think time and patience count most at this stage. The goals will soon just flow in,” the Onduparaka starman further noted, promising to be better.
Form is temporary, and Shaban is clearly off it, but he is believed to be of class – that is permanent, for as long as he has not yet retired, he will surely bounce back one time.
Awful form? Not just Shaban, but the whole Onduparaka team seems to be having a hard time on the field of play as they have scored just two goals and conceded two more since the season started.
The Caterpillars have also worryingly not found the back of the net in their past three matches where they drew 0-0 against Arua Hill and consecutively lost 2-0 and 1-0 to BUL and Vipers respectively.
Tenth on the table, Onduparaka have so far collected one win, two draws and two loses in the five UPL game they have played this season so far, scoring only two goals in the process.
Meanwhile, the Caterpillars are taking no time off to rest, the team is back to full training with Coach George Lutalo fully in control, as seen from photos the club last posted on Thursday.
Onduparaka will return to league action on November 20, when they host Police in Arua, before playing Villa away six days later at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.
They will then climax their November league engagements with a seemingly exciting home fixture against defending Champions Express FC.