Onduparaka players are tired, says Gaddafi

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Gaddafi Gadinho

Onduparaka creative midfielder Gaddafi Gadinho believes his side’s recent slump in form especially away from home is due to fatigue.

The Caterpillars have stomached an unpleasant run in the league since the turn of the year, winning just once at home in 2017, while dreadfully losing three on the road.

Onduparaka lost 3-1 to Proline at the beginning of the second round before suffering obliteration at the hands of the defending champions KCCA last month, and were recently clouted 4-1 by trophy-hungry SC Villa.

While the side didn’t quite impress on their travels in the first round, only twice were their trips unrewarding as they lost to Bright Stars and URA. They shared spoils with the Wankulukuku pair [Express and Lweza] and did the same with fellow league debutants Kirinya-Jinja SSS, and were the victors against The Saints and Sadolin Paints.

The side conceded only eight away goals in the first round, but since the start of the second round, sixteen goals have been swallowed [fourteen away from home], taking their tally of goals conceded thus far to 30.

Gaddafi thinks the players are exhausted and hopes the international break helps them recuperate.

He said: “We have played many games and I feel we have given everything but sometimes nothing comes to our favour. I feel the performances have shown tiredness.

“We travel long distances and play many games. You can’t escape the exhaustion. The players are tired and it’s understandable. Hopefully we use this international break to recover. I know we shall make things right.”

Onduparaka currently occupy the fourth position in the league standings with 33 points accumulated from 22 games. The side travels to Kakindu Stadium to face basement side JMC when the league returns nine days from now.