By Edward Tumusiime
The game between Gaddafi FC and Arua Hill SC will be played tomorrow 9th June 2021 at Kyabazinga Stadium Bugembe.
Arua Hill will come into this fixture looking for just a win to confirm their promotion to the Uganda Premier League next season.
Currently, the Leopards are on top of the Elgon group table with 26 points from 12 games played, 3 points above the second-placed Gaddafi FC which they are facing tomorrow.
Gaddafi FC also has a chance for direct access to the top flight but have to start preparation with a win in tomorrow’s game and wait on the last day.
Though, as Hussein Mbalangu has experienced and very well understands following their first-round meeting that ended 2-2, Hassan Zungu and Co shouldn’t be taken for granted
The first round encounter in April this year at the Barifa Grounds ended 2-2 so it’s not going to be an easy game since both teams have proved to each other what they deliver.
Arua Hill threw away the chance to collect it all after allowing the visitors to come twice from behind to level matters.
Gaddafi in their last time out registered a 6-2 win against Paidha Black Angels. They have not shown mercy recently and will want to double their ruthlessness but Arua Hill SC will want to ensure that does not happen.
When the second round commenced, Arua Hill drew their first two games before embarking on a spell of three wins allowing them to break off from the immediate followers Gaddafi, Blacks Power and Kataka with three points clear.
A bounce-back performance against Maroons and Mbale Heroes was needed and that’s exactly what the Leopards provided. Consistence against West Nile counterparts Calvary FC was also required last time out, they lived to the billing.
A more than deserved 2-0 victory at Greenlight Stadium has put the Leopards on the verge of a first time Uganda Premier League appearance after four failed attempts.
Okhuti could continue to play in the starting XI following his first start last Sunday since obtaining a groin injury in April against the same opponents.
The availability of Arua Hill’s offensive midfielder Allan Mugalu was confirmed by the head coach Hussein Mbalangu today after their last training session held at Jinja SS playgrounds.
Gadaffi Gadinho didn’t travel due to obvious ineligibility for the game after receiving his third Yellow card during the 2-0 win over Calvary.
Mbalangu during press talk admits Mugalu’s return is beneficial, discusses rearrangement of fixture and our opponents
“We are in a new normal, we know anything can happen and we’re expecting such no wonder we came very early in case of any problem, we are already in the site,” Mbalangu revealed during press talk after today’s morning session.
“It was disorganizing because we had to travel the whole day, so we needed at least to rest but now we can not rest. That’s why we have come and trained the kind of training we normally don’t do in the last session, but we had to kill the fatigue and maintain the fitness,” he added.
“But the session has been okay, nobody is injured, nobody is showing tiredness, their body is good and is adaptable.
“For us, we always handle game per game, I know their targets are like ours which is to earn promotion. They play good games and equally as us so people will watch interesting football.
“It’s very good he has returned and the team is complete. We are happy Mugalu is back and looks sharp in front of the goal in our last training and his movement is okay. I guess he is fully recovered and that’s helpful in tomorrow’s game.”
Arua Hill may be away from home but are favourites to win this match because they have direct promotion to play for and wouldn’t want to risk it.
The hosts of course have a similar ambition but they need to win both games and the pressure that comes with it is another case to deal with, which gives the visitors many more reasons for motivation.
In case Arua Hill plays to the bar they’ve set the past three games and the same game management, attitude and approach they had in games against Maroons, Mbale Heroes and Calvary is applied, then promotion for the West Nile outfit is sure to be secured tomorrow.
Arua Hill is one of the best if not the best team in the FUFA Big League this season across both groups having gone 12 games unbeaten scoring 21 goals.
The defence has conceded only 7 goals the least across all the two groups and seven clean sheets recorded, four in the first round and three in the second round and playing away.
Gaddafi SC has already lost up to 3 games at home which gives Arua Hill SC hope of walking away with a win to seal their slot in the Uganda Premier League next season.
Full matchday fixture (9th May 2021)
4:00 pm, Maroons FC vs Kataka FC at Prisons Grounds Luzira
4:00 pm, Kigezi HomeBoyz FC vs Terrazo and Tiles FC at Kabale Municipal Stadium
4:00 pm, Gaddafi FC vs Arua Hill SC at Kyabazinga Stadium
4:00 pm, Paidha Black Angels SC vs Calvary FC at Barokoro Stadium
4:00 pm, Blacks Power FC vs Mbale Heroes at Emokori Grounds
4:00pm, Tooro United vs Luweero United FC at Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.
4:00pm, Ndejje University FC vs Proline FC at Arena of Visions
4:00 pm, Water FC vs Nyamityobora FC at Kavumba Recreation Ground