As the rates of new Covid-19 infections start to please the citizens, sports activities in the country have received a pass though with some few restrictions.
And to football in particular, this means that the leagues are soon returning to the various stadia but behind closed doors as per the president’s declaration.
To Westnile outfit Onduparaka fc, the off season has provided different opportunities to have a systematic approach towards the forthcoming term.
Fresh from releasing 14 players, the club has been engaged in a serious recruitment drive that the management has opted to do silently not to create unnecessary anxiety amongst the followers of the green army.
It should be noted that apart from recruitment of new playing staff, the club was also in the quest for a substantive head coach after having parted ways with Joseph Harold Mutyaba towards the end of last season.
From sources this website contacted, the caterpillars have had negotiations with a couple of top Uganda premier league coaches as well as players and the deals are understood to be in the final stages.
But when responding on the same to www.westnilesports.com, club head of marketing, communications and PR, Mercy Munduru revealed that;
“We are majorly focusing on building from the inside at the moment and we believe that it is very important to do more and speak less but very soon, our new players and coaches will be unveiled to the fans. Also due to the lockdown, most of our activities stalled but we are almost set to make an official announcement before training starts”.
When questioned about words making rounds that the club went on to sign players without a coach, Mercy clarified that;
“We are beyond that level now. The first thing we did was to identify a technical team to enforce the recruitments. They are independent of the management in their roles but they are aware that they will be answerable when the contrary occurs”.
On the future plans that the club is getting prepared for, she lamented that;
“The club is focused on rebuilding and deepening community engagements as the strategic plan for the next five (5) years gets developed at the same time”.
In a related development, www.westnilesports.com understands that the club is in the later stages of renewing its relationship with striker Gabriel Matata after his previous contract elapsed at the end of last season as well as the signature of free agent, Okello Isaac, who spent the entire last season without game time at city neighbors Arua Hill Sc.
Onduparaka finished 12th out of the 16 teams in the league last season, their worst since qualification in 2016.
Participation next term will confirm the 6th straight league season for the caterpillars, three (3) seasons better than previous record holders and Leo Adraa’s Arua Young Stars fc from 1991 to 1993 when football seasons were based on calendar years.