[The rise and fall of The Mighty Caterpillars]
Kampala – Onduparaka rose to fame in Ugandan football due to many other reasons of which amongst killing traditional giants is inclusive. After playing draw with Express FC at Wankulukuku, The Caterpillars went onto beating sixteen time Champions SC Villa in seven goals thriller match [4-3], defending champions KCCA 2-1 and The erstwhile champions Vipers 1 nil all at the same ground, Green Light Stadium consequently earning themselves the tag name “Giant Killers”.
On the other side, since round two of the AUPL started, Giant killers Onduparaka has struggled to maintain the status quo they had created, worst still failed to win against average teams like Bright Stars, struggling teams such as JMC and allowed to settle for a two all draw with another giant side URA and even lost to Proline. KCCA FC amongst the giants that suffered the successful first leg regime of the Mighty Arua side, happens to be the first to murder them in the return leg at the Philip Omondi Stadium where mercilessly they beat Livingstone Mbabazi’s boys seven goals to Zero.
SC Villa hosted Onduparaka on Sunday 12th / March/ 2017, and made a sweet revenge by beating the side that caused them headache in Arua last year. In a time frame of nineteen minutes, Villa had scored three goals. Emmanuel Okwi continued to enjoy his return to former club by notching a hatrick though earlier on in the game he missed a penalty. Effective of his move back to The Jogoos, Owki has scored six goals. Ambrose Kirya was as well in the scored sheet for the home side as Samson Caesar Okhuti got the only goal for the away team.
Coach Mbabazi’s work has come under great scrutiny and criticism especially from some of the impatient and emotional fans of the club. Many have rebuked him and claimed he intentionally lets the team down, others have condemned the management for endorsing the team to play friendly matches during league season and attributed it to the Management’s unprofessionalism and greed for money whereas others have appreciated the milestone the team has made and called for patience from fellow fans.
Two big teams Onduparaka is yet to play are Express FC and Vipers, much as their last meeting ended up in a one all draw and one nil respectively, it’s tricky to conclude that Caterpillars will compulsorily win considering the fact that currently they seem to be falling from grace to grass. Additionally, they’ve poor away record, conceding eleven goals to two big teams and only scoring one in the encounters.
However, victory for the Arua side cannot be ruled out as well because they’ve had a clean record at Paruku. Besides their record against the previous AUPL Champions at home has been bravura. Three questions then remain, Will Express take advantage and be the one to break Onduparaka’s clean home sheet? Can Onduparaka learn from their past and begin taking the bulls by the horn in away matches so as to manage Vipers? What can Onduparaka do to restore pride?
To be continued after Onduparaka vs Express, and Vipers match…..