Italian soccer giants AS Roma yesterday morning shed the spotlight on Arua-based Onduparaka FC as their ‘Twitter Team Of The Day’ for Tuesday. The team’s official English handle twitted to recognize and appreciate the efforts of the club and its passionate fans in making the beautiful game even more lovely. They hence twitted;
“Every day #ASRoma shines the social media spotlight on a team we follow & today it’s @ondufc from Uganda. Based in the north of the country, The Caterpillars have to travel 800 km by bus to some away games, with fans riding motorbikes for days to support the team on their travels”
Every day #ASRoma shines the social media spotlight on a team we follow & today it’s @ondufc from Uganda. Based in the north of the country, The Caterpillars have to travel 800 km by bus to some away games, with fans riding motorbikes for days to support the team on their travels pic.twitter.com/MBQMYrwWkJ
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 29, 2018
Arua-basedOnduparaka FC which won promotion to the Azam Premier league in 2016 after playing entertaining one-touch soccerwon the hearts of many football fans across the country because of their fluid style of play and promising individual young talent. They did not only qualify for the premier league, but upset the odds by beating established teams like SC Villa enroute to the Uganda Cup finals where they lost 3-1 to Vipers FC that year.
Onduparaka FC which started way back as Senke FC have grown into the most followed team in the league. After Betway Uganda picked interest in the team and offered the Caterpillars a life changing opportunity to be sponsored by the company that also sponsors West Ham United FC for close to two years.
During 2017, their first season in the top flight, Onduparaka FC was the only UPL team that finished unbeaten at home. It is mostly thanks to its passionate fans that the team has won the hearts of many individuals and admiration of other clubs across the globe among is AS Roma also known as Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) .
The club was formed during late October 2011 by Joe Erema and Benjamin Nyakuni, who had graduated from Makerere University Business School. Originally, the club was intended to benefit students and young people and enable them to play in inter-village competitions. The team was strictly amateur and created so that the youth would be kept on the path of moral uprightness through a healthy passion for competitive games. After only one year of participation, the team renamed themselves Onduparaka Football Club and got promoted from the Ugandan Big League to the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) at the end of the 2015/2016 season.
As soon as the team tweeted about Onduparaka FC, another team St Anthony’s Football Club a Scottish non-league football club also showed their support by replaying to the tweet.