Paidha Ends Gateway’s Dream, Secures Big League Promotion

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• The journey to the promotion playoff

• A convincing 2-0 victory

• Juma Lutakome’s final blow

• Back to square one

• #UgSportsNow

Paidha Black Angels SC showcased a dominant performance as they emerged victorious over Northern Gateway SC in a crucial playoff match at Barokoro Stadium in Zombo district, marking the end of Gateway’s aspirations for a return to the FUFA Big League.

Northern Gateway’s first leg poor run costs them

The journey to the promotion playoff was filled with anticipation as the first leg between the two teams ended in a goalless draw at Northern Gateway’s home ground in Lira. The stakes were high as both teams headed to the second leg in West Nile, with the ultimate goal of securing a spot in the prestigious Big League for the upcoming 2024/25 season.

Also read: Northern Gateway SC:Contingent of 22 players set off for the only Big League slot playoff

Benjamin Opakrwoth’s opener sends the crowd wild

In a display of skill and determination, Paidha Black Angels SC triumphed over Northern Gateway SC with a convincing 2-0 victory, effectively sealing their promotion to the second tier league. The intense match saw a deadlock at halftime before Benjamin Opakrwoth broke the silence by scoring a crucial goal just 7 minutes into the second half.

The final nail on the coffin

Despite Gladiator’s efforts to stage a comeback, they were unable to find the back of the net, resulting in a missed opportunity to alter the course of the game. Juma Lutakome delivered the final blow in the 95th minute of additional time, securing Paidha Black Angels SC’s victory and dashing Northern Gateway’s hopes of Big League promotion.

Paidha Black Angels SC fans celebrating FUFA Big League qualification at Barokoro Stadium

2024/25 Regional League Season

Northern Gateway SC will now regroup and return to the 3rd division, the Northern Regional League, where they will face stiff competition from city rivals such as Lira City Council FC, Elite FC, Saviors FC, and the Amolatar-based team Red Devo, along with other formidable opponents.

Also read: Northern Gateway Clinches Championship, Sets Playoff Date with PBA

As the new season unfolds, Northern Gateway SC and other Rhino Group clubs will embark on a journey in the Regional League, with challenging fixtures that will see them making two trips to Amolatar. The competitive landscape of regional football promises to test the resilience and skills of these teams as they strive to make their mark in the Northern Regional League.

Also read: Northern Regional League: Lions and Gateway Set to Clash

Paidha Black Angels SC’s triumph not only signifies their successful return to the Big League but also underscores the competitiveness and excitement of Ugandan football at the regional level. As teams continue to strive for excellence and advancement, each match presents an opportunity for players and fans alike to witness the passion and drama that define the sport.

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