Every journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step. Second division side Arua Hill SC has launched an ambitious project to reach the top echelons of Ugandan football.
Formerly known as Doves All Stars, the club is evolving into Arua Hill Sports Club following a decision by the FUFA Executive Committee last week to grant a requisition for a name change.
A consortium led by Joel A’ita Jaffer under Development Infrastructure (U) Limited took over the club in August for a reported UGX 300 million cash sale from former directors Aziz Damani and Challa Siva Koti.
“As the new football season nears its commencement, we would like to officially announce that Doves All Stars will compete as Arua Hill Sports Club in the FUFA Big League,” club chairman A’ita told the media.
“We start the new journey very ambitious and one of our targets is attaining promotion to the Uganda Premier League in 2023.”
The idea of the new project is to work around several major pillars to swing the club into an exciting future with fresh concepts and ideas including a 20,000-seater stadium, a female team and a robust football academy.
The stadium which is being constructed at Arua Hill Park will be the club’s home ground following the completion of the facility which is scheduled for June next year.
For the meantime, the club will host its games at the Barifa Stadium next season, which has also undergone refurbishment to meet the licensing requirements.
The club hopes to reach people around Arua and the Northern region with a unique approach, through sporting excellence, social commitment, and innovation.
Arua Hills also confirmed former Onduparaka FC Chief Executive Officer Anthony Afeti as their new CEO, while Adams Lematia Otelul will be in charge of media duties.
Meanwhile, the club also announced Development Infrastructure (U) Limited as their major sponsor. DI invested an initial one-year sponsorship package worth One hundred million shillings.
“Allow us to use this occasion to announce Anthony Afeti as our new CEO. Afeti has the experience of a sports administrator; the kind that our club requires as we embark on a journey of being a model club.”
“We take this opportunity to also announce our shirt sponsor going forward. We are proud to bring to your attention that Development Infrastructure is taking a heap of faith with us.”
“Added to that we are also launching our new slogan which is ‘TOGETHER WE ARE KONGOLO (STRONG). Our new home ground will be Barifa Stadium where we shall host all our home games,” A’ita further said.
Arua Hill (Aziz Damani) was founded in 2005 as Doves FC by coach Bosco Onama but was renamed Doves All Stars after a merger in 2014 while at the regional level. Two years later, they earned a promotion to the FUFA Big League.
Challa and partners took over the club from brothers Nasur Buga and Twaha Buga in 2018 with a vision of seeing the club obtain promotion to the Uganda top tier in two years.
Following the successful takeover, Challa, the General Manager of Gittoe Pharmaceuticals renamed the club then called Doves All Stars after the founder of the pharmacy Aziz Damani.