Uganda Premier League
Onduparaka FC vs Busoga United FC
Green Light Stadium, Arua
Tuesday, 28-01-2020 @4:30pm
Onduparaka FC are no longer the darlings of Ugandan football like it was a few years ago.
When the team got promoted to the top tier in 2016, they were the envy of the top flight and were liked by every neutral.
However, four years down thw road, things have started falling apart and they now look doomed.
Players have departed the club and of late, former head coach Livingstone Mbabazi threw in the towel sighting unpaid arrears.
With the players also claiming not to be paid, the trio of Gadafi Wahabu, Atendele and Faizul Anini have all left too and it is understood that others are on their way out.
Despite the troubles off the pitch, the Caterpillars have started the second round fairly ok.
The defeated Tooro United FC, drew with Maroons FC before losing to Wakiso Giants.
However, they were eliminated from the Uganda Cup last week and after the shock result, they will be hoping for a response when they take on Busoga United on Tuesday.
Busoga will not be an easy ride though as the Jinja based side have been in good form since the turn of the year.
Abby Kikomeko’s side have won all their three league games, defeating SC Villa, Express FC and Mbarara City along the way.
What is impressive about that run is that they have not conceded a single goal whilst scoring four of their own.
However, they were also eliminated from the Uganda Cup last week a result that must have left the infuriated.
With Joel Madondo and Boban Zirintusa having departed in this window, Busoga have been left wanting up front and it remains to be seen how they respond to the two departures.
This will be the 9th meeting between the two sides since 2016.
In the past 8 meetings, Onduparaka have won five, Busoga one while the other two have ended in draws.
Busoga have never triumphed away to the Caterpillars, losing twice and drawing once.
The reverse fixture between the two sides ended 0-0 last season but Onduparaka did win the first meeting this season 1-0 away from home.
Onduparaka heads into the game having won just one of their last six league games (D1 L4).
At home, they have also won just one of their last four (D2 L1).
For Busoga, they are currently unbeaten in their last five league games (W3 D2).
However, away from home, they have lost two of their last four, winning just one and drawing the other.
The other games on Tuesday
-Mbarara City FC vs Vipers SC @4pm
-Police FC vs Proline FC @4:30pm
-Tooro United FC vs URA FC @4:30pm
-Kyetume FC vs KCCA FC @4:30pm