Onduparaka new signing Oscar Agaba has revealed that he wants to emulate two past club heroes Muhammad Shaban and Gadaffi Gadinho during his stay at the Green Light Stadium.
Agaba joined the Caterpillars on a two-year deal from Masaka City which will keep him in Arua till the end of the 2021/22 season and is keen to write a story similar or greater than that of his heroes.
Shaban played as a striker for Onduparaka between 2011 to 2017 where he scored a total of 52 goals earning the adoration of many club fans, though the manner of his exit may have created a sour feeling but he remains a club icon.
Meanwhile creative midfielder Gadinho had a brilliant four year stay with the Caterpillars, joining the club at the start of the 2014/15 season.
The pair played a lead role with Gadinho the orchestrator of the team’s play while Shaban was the assassin as the club secured promotion to the Uganda Premier League in 2015 as well as reach the Uganda Cup final in the same year.
Oscar who admires the contributions of Shaban and Gadinho insists the duo have been inspirational and his aim is to walk in their footsteps.
“I look up to Shaban and Gadaffi because they are an inspiration and I want to do the things they did and I am determined about it,” Agaba opened up to Football256.
Oscar’s arrival at the Green Light Stadium makes for a longing with his ambition of playing for what he terms as a ‘big club’.
The former Masaka City lad has nothing but admiration for the West Nile football powerhouse, and mentioned joining the Arua side as a dream come true.
“First of all, it is a dream come true to earn a move to Onduparaka where most players want to play,” he said.
“”And I have dreamt of playing for a big side and Onduparaka is one. I am confident I will leave a mark here.”
“I know in the recent times the club has not been playing to par and some supporters have lost interest but this season, I hope my input can restore all things,” he added.
The 23-year-old was formerly on the books at KCCA FC, Synergy and Masaka City between 2016 and 2019, but largely enjoyed himself with FUFA Big League side Synergy FC where he registered 34 goals in the two stints.
Onduparaka has completed a mammoth of signings in the transfer window with 14 new additions made with Vialli Bainomugisha also joining in June.
The new signings include Austin Opoka, Shaban Wasswa, Derrick Ochen, Kenneth Makama, Gabriel Matata, Augustine Akoch, Jasper Okello, Nelson Opio, Bony Musema, Jerry Jakisa and Kennedy Atibuni, Okot Simon, Stephen Ogiramoi.
The Caterpillars finished eighth on the 16-team log last season with 31 points from 25 outings.