- The Azam uganda premier-league side Onduparaka Fc stun Kenyan giants Gor Mahia FC in friendly.
- FDC’s Rt. Col. Besigye watches match alongside other politicians.
- Youngstar Livingstine Kabon shines with two goals in the absence of star striker Shaban Muhammad.
Saturday 4th February 2017 will go down in history as the day Betway sponsored Onduparaka fc aka the Caterpillars defeated their mentors Gor-mahia FC in an international friendly that left the 15 time KPL champions in utter awe of the Ugandan side.
The atmosphere was electrifying as the Onduparaka fans all clad in their green home colors made their way to Namboole Stadium as early as 10 am. The sound of vuvuzelas and chanting filled the air as the diehard fanatics performed the now famous ‘Nakapit’ victory dance, a dance only a true Onduparaka supporter would know. As the team arrived at the gates at noon, the chanting became louder, almost defeaning as everybody was dying to take a glimpse of Shaban Muhammed a crowd favourite after his formidable display during the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations Finals where he proved to be an upcoming star for the Uganda Cranes. His father Waku Muhammad watched on as fans flocked to his side and thanked him for raising an amazing son. “I am humbled by the praise I am getting for the work my son has done for my country. I am a proud father, Alhammuduhlillah.”
Gor Mahia didn’t disappoint as well, as their bus approached the Namboole gates, their flag and the Kenyan flag was raised high and chanting ensued. However as they approached the security check point, the visiting team was un willing to be checked and threatened to go back to the hotel claiming that it was not necessary to go through such checks. After about 20 minutes, the situation was resolved and they were safely led to the locker rooms to await kickoff.
Drama as Besigye arrives.
At last, opposition leader Rtd Col Dr.Kizza Besigye put his words in action by watching his favourite Onduparaka FC for the first time. Since declaring passion for the Caterpillars via his Twitter handle @kizzabesigye1 in December, Besigye made it to Namboole. He stepped out of his car and after the security check accompanied by his passé, walked a few meters ahead of his car and did not mind the light drizzle.
Following a grand entry, the 60-year-old took his position in the pavilion minutes before the delayed kick-off following a downpour; Besigye clad in a green Onduparaka jersey, sat next to other politicians Fred Denis Mukasa Mbidde and Winnie Kiiza.
Living Kabon aka Messi scores twice.
Kick off was at 17:05pm following the delay caused by the afternoon downpour saw the very agile Gor Mahia team possess the ball for most of the first half of the much anticipated game. The tension was heightened after Onduparak’s Gasper Adriko received the first yellow card within minutes of the end of first half.
Second half resumed and indeed after the coach having words with the players, the team steadied their drive to see the first goal sink into the Gor Mahia net by none other than Living Kabon aka Messi after taking advantage of the goal keeper’s butter fingers.
Gasper Adriko aka De’ Rock was there after penalized for his time wasting tactics and that earned him a red card leaving the team with a 10-man defence. This did not deter the determined side as shortly after, Kabon with the assist of Gadafi Gadhinio’s through pass managed to score the second goal sending the crowd into frenzy. The chanting continued way after the final whistle was blown for the mighty Caterpillars, who are currently in 3rd place, came out triumphant.
“Scenes from Namboole, as we enjoyed watching Onduparaka boys outplay the “mighty” GOR Mahia FC. We have incredible talent in Uganda!! The Struggle Continues.” read Besigye’s post on his Facebook page after the match. Before full time, the stadium announcer declared that Besigye had donated Shs2m to the club. Mbidde added $400 (Shs1.4m).
Some of the fans were disappointed not getting a chance to see Shaban Muhammad in action as Captain of the club because of a hip injury. Instead Toha Rashid stood in for the captain but got injured in second half. When asked why the star player did not make a debut, “This is an international friendly; we are saving him for the league game on Wednesday against Proline.” Said coach Livingstone Mbabazi.