Uganda Premier League: Maroons entertain Onduparaka

Onduparaka Media
Onduparaka players during a training a training session

Maroons welcome West Nile side Onduparaka to Luzira Prisons ground on Saturday for their first home game of the 2017-18 Uganda Premier League season.

The Prisons side began their life back in the league with an outstanding display against defending champions KCCA on Tuesday and will ensure a wave of confidence will be present as the Caterpillars set foot in town.

Only denied an impeccable start to the league by KCCA goalkeeper Charles Lukwago’s brilliance, Maroons were the dominant side against Mike Mutebi’s men on the opening day of the campaign. Asaph Mwebaze and his boys will look to continue with the same spirit against their visitors on Saturday.

Maroons’ last league game at home was one that ended unpleasantly though. The side, then under the stewardship of Paddy Kintu lost 4-1 to SC Villa in May 2016. That was after they had confirmed relegation to the Big League.

But last season in the Big League, Maroons failed to collect maximum points at home only on two occasions; drawing against Paidha Black Angels and Busia Fisheries.

Saturday comes with an opportunity for them to continue with their good run at home, with Onduparaka, one of the poor travellers in the league offering opposition.

The Caterpillars managed to bag three points only on three occasions last term, with the side suffering seven defeats on the road. Only JMC registered more defeats [10] on their travels than Oduparaka last season.

Last season, Leo Adraa’s team had to wait till December last year to earn their first away win that came in form of a 1-0 victory against The Saints at Bombo Barracks courtesy of Shaban Mohammad. They are facing an unfamiliar opponent hoping to arrest their poor run away from home.

Onduparaka are expected to welcome Shaban and captain Rashid Toha back from injury but will be without their two new signings Allan Busobozi, and Rashid Okocha who are yet to secure their licenses.