Arua Hill SC results against top boys
Express FC 0-2 Arua Hill
Arua Hill 3-2 URA FC
Arua Hill SC fought from two goals down to edge URA FC in a thrilling Startimes Uganda Premier League contest in Arua on Tuesday afternoon.
It appeared the home side were headed for a beating when URA threw their man in form Rwothomio Cromwell and Living Kaban before the 40 minute mark.
However, the team being coached by Livingstone Mbabazi ensured they walked back to the dressing room with a goal to their name through Sekamatte Samuel.
Sekamatte was at it again when the two sides returned from the dressing. The scores were level with the home team pointing the sword at the visitors.
Alfred Leku who tormented the defending champions Express FC at Wankulukuku two weeks ago haunted Sam Timbe’s side with a painful goal.
However, he did not see the game to the very end as he was sent off for receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Derrick Ndahiro. His send off will be a big loss to Kongolo in their upcoming fixtures.
The home side went on to collect all three points. Arua Hill SC who signed Mbabazi have arrived with high ambitions. They have refused to be bulled by the top sides in the league.
Mbabazi and his assistants must address the club’s challenge of conceding early goals as highlighted.
“We lost our previous game because there were things we didn’t do well, we can’t blame it on fatigue, No. But we have worked on those areas ahead of tomorrow’s (URA) game. We have to understand problem solving, we concede early goals in the previous game, which is so strange to us, that’s why we sat down and tried to solve that problem,” Arua Hill SC Coach Sadiq pointed out.
The club who are putting up their own stadium in Arua City are following in the steps of Vipers SC and seem to have replaced Onduparaka as the city’s major club. Though the early derby between the warring clubs ended in a barren draw.
The two significant wins at Wankulukuku and at home against URA FC display a club who have come to do more under Eng. Joel Ayita.
Ivan Eyam who signed for the club from Mbarara City, strongly agrees with the club’s objectives.
In an interview in August, the Under 20 Kobs midfielder, hailed: “Arua Hill SC is an ambitious club with great management which has reflected their values through their achievements. One shot at the top flight football and they have arrived. To me, that is paramount and the honesty from them.”
However, the club will have to contend with the moods of their head coach Mbabazi who is a known journeyman. He moves with his players.
Unlike Leku who are home, players like Sekamatte who scored against URA FC will surely find his way out of the club with the coach.
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.