Onduparaka realistically finds it a challenge to win competitive and high profile matches including friendlies and league tournaments in the absence of Shaban.

The 3–0 heavy loss to Tanzanian giants could mean how below par the beloved team is, yet on the other side Onduparaka had chances which were not well finished especially Okhuti’s unique opportunity that the Azam keeper saved besides other several attempts that were removed from the line by defenders or still saved by the magical hand of the visitors keeper.

Meanwhile in counter attacks Azam forwards Yahaya and Yahya took advantage of defender’s in ability to withdraw after attacking, to score almost similar goals coupled with sloppy defending the visitors managed to get their third goal through Swaleh and second win in Uganda.

It would seem Shaban is the only Messiah but Moses Oloya the goal keeping coach of the club who speaks to the media disagreed with this soccer site especially when asked if Onduparaka only need Shaban in order to win.

“Shaban is our player, but what we are building is team work. We don’t build individual football.” Quoted Oloya

Again in the same interview when Joel inquired what the real problem is because their preseason victory seems to have come against rural nonprofessional teams and had challenge with average sides from Masindi and Hoima as they came from behind to force draw. Oloya Said;

We don’t create chances yet but I know in 13 days to come before the league, we shall have found solution because most of the goals they score us, from Hoima, Masindi, are the same goals. Penetration passes, and then coverage between the defenders; number four and five. That’s where the problem is but we shall work on that before the beginning of the season.

Azam played a one all draw with KCCA, beat URA by two goals to nil, thrashed Onduparaka by three goals to zero and shall play Vipers on Monday. Whereas Onduparaka enjoyed some victories and draws against sides in West Nile such as Ocoko, Nyowa, Masindi Select and Hoima.

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