The Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) match between Onduparaka FC and SC Villa on Saturday, 1st October 2016 at the Green Light Stadium in Arua Municipality laid a blue print in the AUPL 2016/2017 season. The match that ended 4-3 witnessed the caterpillars come on top after a heated contest between the two teams. It was match day seven of the AUPL.
Balls started to hit the back the net just at the 11th when Alex Kitata notched for Villa. The hosts replied back at the 24th minute through debutant Caesar Okhuti who scored on the spot. Gadafi later on scored a highly profiled goal for Onduparaka hence giving them a 2-1 lead just before the break. Mohammed Shaban made it 3-1 after a lot of effort at the Genesis of the second half. After swallowing enough goals, Villa made it 3-2 through Kitaka’s thriller that went past the hosts’ goal keeper. Tabu levelled the game after scoring on the spot. The pressure heated up after the home based fans started to uncontinously cheer their side. At the 84th minute Mohammed Shaban gave the hosts another lead and surely this proved to be a winning goal for the caterpillars.
Onduparaka’s second goal brought controversies between Villa coach and the match officials. Villa coach claimed that Gadaffi’s ball that brought the second goal had not crossed the line but the assistant referee claimed that the ball crossed the line. However as it is the nature of football, the referee’s decision is never reversed so Villa had to swallow it weather the ball had crossed the line or not.
On 23rd April 2016 Onduparaka hit SC Villa in the semi-finals of the Uganda Cup, a game that again ended 4-3 on penalties. Onduparaka was later stunned by Vipers FC at the finals.
Big teams have succumbed to defeats at the Green Light Stadium. Police just tasted the wrath of the Caterpillars on Saturday, 24th September after losing 2-1. League champions, KCCA FC were also hit 2-1 two weeks back at the same stadium. Many of these victories of the Caterpillars at the Green Light have been partly attributed to the die-hard staunchest fans of the club like Festo Aiku. Fans always turn up in very large numbers and they cheer up the team from the first whistle to the final whistle.
The performance of Onduparaka is no longer a surprise to me and other local soccer pundits like David Isabirye. In fact most local soccer fans now have a tendency of putting their bet on Onduparaka and in the end they are never disappointed.
URA was also in action against Soana and the two sides ended with a goal less draw.
In other results of the AUPL match day seven; BUL 1-1 Police, Proline 3-3 Lweza, Express FC 1-1 Jinja SSS, The Saints 1-1 Bright Stars, Vipers 2-1 KCCA.