FDC’s strong man Dr. Col. (Retired) Kifefe Kizza Besigye has confirmed he will be attending this evening’s international friendly match between Azam Uganda Premier League(AUPL) debutantes Onduparaka FC and Gor Mahia of Kenya at Mandela National stadium in Namboole Kampala.
Besigye a former presidential candidate and a strong opposition leader, who at the end of last year declared his love and support for the Arua-based club on social media, was yesterday spotted donning the club’s green Jersey in readiness for the match now dubbed ‘The battle of the greens’.
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) December 29, 2016
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) February 3, 2017
Onduparaka FC who finished the first half of the AUPL season in third place is using the friendly to fine-tune the team for the second half of the season which kicks off next Tuesday on 7th of February 2017. Kenyan giants Gor Mahia who share many similarities with the Caterpillars are also in a mission to prepare the team for the Kenyan premier league (KPL) opener as they build relations with the Ugandan side for future engagements.
Both clubs are known for the massive support they enjoy from their soccer-mad fans and both teams command a big following in their respective countries especially among the upcountry crowd with Onduparaka now a revelation ever since they made it to the top flight division from the lower Big League. They kick off the second round on Wednesdya 8th February 2017 against Proline in the Philip Omondi stadium in third place with 25 points after 15 games.
ALL IS SET
Kenya premier league 15-times winners Gor Mahia FC arrived in Kampala yesterday ahead of the much anticipated match, while Onduparaka assistant captain Rashid Toha earlier told the media in a press briefing that, they are more than ready to give the Kenyans a bloody nose come Saturday the 4th of February.
The Kenyan side with 20 players in the contingent, had a light training session in Namboole yesterday and are now ready for the game.
Players That Travelled
1. Boniface Oluoch, 2. Fredrick Odhiambo, 3. Musa Mohammed, 4. Joash Onyango, 5. Karim Nizigiyimana, 6. Mike Simiyu, 7. Godfrey Walusimbi, 8. Francis Kahata, 9. Ernest Wendo, 10. Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza, 11. Kenneth Muguna, 12. Oliver Maloba,.13. John Ndirangu, 14. Philemon Otieno, 15. Collins Okoth, 16. Jeconiah Uyoga, 17. Meddie Kagere, 18. Jacques Tuyisenge, 19. Timothy Otieno, 20. Wellington Ochieng.
1. Marcelo Ferreira – Head Coach, 2. Marco Aurelio – Deputy Coach, 3. Sandro Fantino – Fitness Trainer, 4. Patrick Opiyo – Team Doctor, 5. Fredrick Otieno – Physio, 6. Jolawi Obondo – Team Manager, 7. Willis Ochieng – GK Trainer.
1. Sally Bolo – Head of Delegation, 2. Judith Anyango – Organizing Secretary.