Onduparaka new C.E.O Pius Bamwange who joined from Maroons comes with good tidings.
Mr. Bamwange replaced former C.E.O Afeti Anthony who quite in order to pursue a course in football administration as he serves the Club in the capacity of Board Member in charge of Football administration.
During his first ever interview with the club media, Anthony’s replacement was questioned on a couple of things including addressing the challenge The Caterpillars had faced previously in player transfers under the former boss.
Onduparaka in the past lost Tabu Vitalis to Paidha Black Angeles without any financial gain and correspondingly almost lost Muhammad Shaban to KCCA FC for free in spite of a binding contract if not for the financial fine slapped on the then teenager and his new club by FUFA as compensation to his former club.
Asked how different he would do things to avoid similar costly circumstance, Mr. Bamwange’s response contained bonfire and assurance yet revealed the parties involved in the deal. Implying C.E.O’s don’t take blame or praise for failed and or successful good deals alone.
“Acquiring of players isn’t solemnly a responsibility of the C.E.O to sign players. It’s a responsibility of the technical team to identify the player that is going to help us. Then I negotiate with the players before signing them for the club. You mentioned players leaving without club benefiting. I don’t think that can happen with me now. First of all we need to know how players are transferred. If at all a player is having a contract, there is no way player can go for free unless mutually agreed.”
The Onduparaka C.E.O also spoke of his ambitions of the looming season. Mr. Bamwange promised his reign will see Onduparaka not only lift the trophy by also maintain and increase fan base.
“…I am aware that Onduparaka is one of the clubs in the country that uses football money. That money that football generates, for example, gate collections, fans buying jerseys, selling merchandise and sponsors. So we have a challenge, and my main target this season is to make sure we maintain our fans base and also we add on fan base. Onduparaka first finished 5thand 4th in the past two seasons respectively, so we can’t afford to finish in the same spots. We intend to fight for the trophy. My target is the silverware this season. If we miss the league, then we shouldn’t miss the Uganda Cup.”
Onduparaka’s pathetic away performance last season resulted into decrease of fan base who couldn’t accept disappointments. According to Mr. Bamwange the experienced and technically gifted players such as Okot, Abel and others the Arua based club signed will change the story.
What you need to know about Mr. Pius Bamwange.
Born in Jinja to a Musoga father, a Lugbara mother and went through the normal traditional Ugandan way of studies before acquiring a Diploma in Sports Science at Kyambogo University.
He is married to a wife with whom they have a child and has been in football administration for more than a decade.
Before working with Maroons FC from where Onduparaka spotted his potential, Mr. Bamwange worked with Nansana Hotspur FC, Mukono Giants FC, VCC FC in Masindi, The Saints FC and Lweza FC.