If there is something the Caterpillars must salvage this weekend, it is a win against Police fc at the Greenlight stadium in Arua.
A side that has been in a contrasting situation since kickoff of the season with a win, two draws and two losses has no room for excuses as it takes on the “unarmed” cops in what any neutral mouthpiece would conclude as a balanced encounter and www.westnilesports.com takes a prospective view of the fixture through the lenses for a better meditation.
The awkward form of the visitors aside, there is nothing sort of maximum points that the Caterpillar faithful will expect as a bad home start to the league has to come to an end.
By standards, a draw against UPDF fc followed by a terrible loss to Bul fc must be well compensated by a comfortable victory against Abdallah Mubiru’s unsatisfying Police side if Coach William Lutalo must have a fairer and safe journey to play Sc Villa next weekend.
The theories behind poor goal keeping have been solved by the arrival of last season’s best custodian Matthias Muwanga as a free agent. The former Express fc man finally obtained a license and is highly tipped to have a home debut.
As the host still battles its midfield issues, the cutting edge upfront has also been wanting as the attacking cluster of Muhammed Shaban, Agau Rashid, Gabriel Matata, Emmanuel Oketch and others has just managed a goal this season.
This will worry the disciples even more given the fact that skipper Shaban Muhammed is set to miss the encounter due to accumulated yellow cards but no doubt should be cast on the rest of that attack if recent form in training and practice matches is to be relied upon.
With a formidable goal keeper, coach George William Lutalo’s back line of Dudu Ramathan, Rashid Okocha, either of the Okellos and Gasper Adriko or Allan Busobozi should not be a big unrest.
Already confirmed to be absent are Atamba Nathaniel and Tressor due to ITC and license procedures respectively.
If lazier bookmakers existed around, none of them would fail a test concerning the performance of coach Abdallah Mubiru’s team this term.
Without doubt one of the most respected in the field in this country, all his endeavors this term seem a work in progress as his side has not managed a single point out of the five games played so far.
In the opening five games, the cop has gone on to score two goals with eight conceded and this has automatically culminated into the worst side in the league so far by statistics.
And if Onduparaka fc has been hit hard by player exodus previously, Abdallah Mubiru has potential answers in Ben Ocen, Derrick Kakooza, Derrick Ochan, Dennis Rukundo, Frank “Zagga” Tumwesigye and others.
On a better side tactically, the cop boasts of denying possession to the opponent by passing the ball vigorously and if not well maintained, the midfield manned by skipper Tony Mawejje can be a thorn as it is good at dictating play as well as taking shots towards goal.
Still a bonus for the cops is the fact that when selected, the pace of Duncan Sseninde coupled with the already known attributes of Ssenjobe Eric, Yusuf Ssozi, Brian Muluuli and Eddie Kampampa should worry the Caterpillars a lot.
Head to Head
Since Onduparaka Fc’s promotion to top flight football in 2016, both sides have met eight (8) times in the league with the Caterpillars coming on top on six (6) occasions, Police fc twice as this fixture has been too shy of a stalemate.
In the eight (8) encounters so far, Onduparaka fc have scored a total of seventeen (17) goals and conceded seven (7) as the opposite is true.
On lighter note for the Arua side, they have never lost at home to Police fc with the highest goal margin in a home duel being the 3-0 triumph on 30th August 2019 in the 2019/2020 campaign.
The highest number of goals in a single fixture in between these two side came in 5-0 away win for the Caterpillars on 27th April 2018 at Lugogo with a Viane Sekajugo brace, Ndawula Moses, Ezra Bida and another by Hassan Mahmood in the 2017/2018 season.
The last Onduparaka Fc player to score a goal against Police fc was Oketch Emmanuel, a nutritious goal in a 3-1 loss at Lugogo on 24th February 2021 and that of Police was Joseph Odong on the same day.
If selected, Hassan Mahmood will be facing his previous employers for whom he had scored against his current in the 5-0 win in 2018.
Out of all the seventeen (17) goals Onduparaka fc has scored against Police fc by ten (10) different players, it is only the suspended Muhammed Shaban and Oketch Emmanuel who are currently with the green army.
Final verdict: The most organized midfield takes it all.