It will be a huge sign when Onduparaka FC plays at the Greenlight Stadium, Arua for just the first time this season on Sunday against Maroons FC.
The Caterpillars have had five home matches played far away from their beloved grounds in front of their passionate fans, as they’ve had to make do with the Bombo Military Barracks Grounds.
“It will be sighs and great relief when we return in front of our fans on Sunday,” said assistant head coach Hamza Kalanzi following their 4-0 defeat to Vipers at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Wednesday.
The Arua-based side was barred from hosting their first five home matches in West Nile, as punishment for their fans’ continued indiscipline and hooliganism tendencies towards the end of last season.
In the current campaign, they currently rock the bottom with only two points in 11 matches and have lost four of the five home games. But, Kalanzi is confident a home return will come with an upturn of events.
“Returning home will give us even more confidence to fight for our loyal fans, who have always shown us their support.”
“We’re optimistic our results will improve now that we shall have all the home support,” added the tactician, whose interim role at the helm came to the end on Tuesday, after the appointment of Steven Bogere.
“When you look at the teams ahead of us, they don’t lead us by so many points so the hope is there. We know we can still fight and take them down,” an optimistic Kalanzi noted.
Despite a dismal campaign, Onduparaka still has a chance to chase for survival as the teams ahead are in catchable distances, with no significant pull-away.
In 14th, Busoga United has three points while UPDF FC (13th) and Blacks Power in 12th have just seven and nine points respectively, giving the “Team of God” a chance.