After gaining their maiden promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, Blacks Power FC acquired the services of the experienced Peter Onen as head coach.
Onen replaced Vialli Bainomugisha with whom the club parted ways immediately after being promoted from the StarTimes FUFA Big League.
For a team like Blacks Power maintaining their UPL status is undoubtedly the ultimate target anything beyond that should be a bonus as Onen explains.
“Blacks Power will be experiencing the Uganda Premier League for the first time and the main goal is to survive,” Onen told Football256 in an interview.
“I know that most people are tipping us to struggle but we shall be struggling only to achieve our set targets.”
“I have been a coach in this league for a good time now not that all teams that are promoted are destined to be relegated.”
“Arua Hill SC and Modern Gaddafi FC are good examples of what I am talking about, they came from down and finished in better positions.”
“I was part of Gaddafi and I came in too after they had played just five games and I did what I could and it was instrumental in their staying in the league.”
“So with Blacks Power, I am going to start with them that is the most important thing, they came in as the best team from the Big League and we shall try to emulate that,” he added.
Onen has got vast coaching experience and besides Gaddafi, BUL FC is the other UPL team that he has managed.
The Lira-based side signed several experienced players including Goalkeeper Muhammad Ssekeba, Stephen Othieno, Dickens Okwir, and Ivan Okello among others.
Faisal Muwawu and Franco Onen also joined in from Gaddafi where they had previously worked with Onen as their coach.
Although they lost a host of players as well, Onen will be pleased that arguably the club’s best player Michael Siwu stayed behind amidst interest from many other teams.
Blacks Power’s first game in the UPL will be at home against Onen’s former team BUL on Saturday, October 1.