Onduparaka defender promises restitution of home pride

Onduparaka will be hosting Ndejje University at Green Light Stadium on Tuesday in Match Day 8 of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Amidst the absence of Coach Asaph Mwebaze who has gone AWOL due to strife following defeat the Arua side suffered to Maroons FC, experienced defender Denis Okot has promised a better result.

After the respected away win over Jinja, The Caterpillars’ recent form has been displeasing. They drew with Bright Stars and Soana before painfully losing away to Mwebaze’s former side Maroons FC.

Okot admitted given the quality of players in Onduparaka, the performance and position of the team on the log is not good.

“…at the moment when you look at the table, we are number seven with the quality of players we have, it doesn’t look good. So we are going to put our heads together to make sure that starting from tomorrow’s game, we put in a very good show and at the end we make it a win…”

The Onduparaka defender also noted the urge to restore winning games from formally feared Green Light Stadium.

“We want to bring up the winning mentality at home because every team gains strength when they’re home and most teams are winning from home whereas we’re losing. But I have to promise our fans out there, starting from tomorrow, we’re going to perfect the real vision for Onduparaka of winning home as it has been before. Although football sometimes is unpredictable, the way we’ve trained, the way players are reacting at the moment there is moral in the camp, come tomorrow we’re going deliver the results.”

The tradition of not losing at the Green light Stadium seems to be fading away although the transition comes with a balance of registering a confident 3-0 win away to a Jinja side that has been a thorn in Onduparaka’s flesh.

Okot thinks the pressure by fans in Arua partly contributes to the poor home results. According to him, new lads of the West Nile club experience challenges of playing under immense pressure.

“Sometimes when at home here, we have a lot pressure than away that’s why sometimes the results may turn off. Because our fans are used to winning, here they don’t know a draw, a loss. What they have in mind is Onduparaka has to win at home and some of the players especially the new ones are not yet used to this pressure. I think with the months they’ve spent at the club, they’re adopting.

The meeting between Onduparaka and Ndejje University will be their first in the Uganda Premier League.

The Luwero based side who are seated 12th on the log have only won two of their seven games and will hope to registered their third.