Onduparaka Hold UPDF to a 1-1 Draw at Green Light Stadium

Onduparaka Player Being tight-marked by a UPDF player during the match at Green Light Stadium

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Onduparaka FC have held UPDF to a 1-1 draw at home in their first opening season Star Times sponsored Uganda Premier League match. 

The Caterpillars who started on a low note were treated to immense pressure in the first half of the game at Green Light by the visiting UPDF who managed to secure a goal in the 25th minute of the match. 

Ivan Ahimbisibwe gave the UPDF a 1-0 lead in the first half after he took advantage of the confusion among defenders of Onduparaka within the penalty box to hit the ball into the net, sending the UPDF team to an early celebration. 

However, Onduparaka FC reorganized in the second half and secured an equalizer goal in the 57th minute after Rashid Agau converted a pass into a goal. But the Caterpillars missed two other goal chances that would have given them a clear win over the UPDF. Bosco Dudu, the Technical Director of Onduparaka FC who stood in for the coach attributed the draw to licensing issues which he said crippled Onduparaka in the midfield, adding that this affected their home advantage over the UPDF.   

// Cue in; We started low but we 

Cue out; for us a technical team…. //  

Meanwhile David Okurut the Coach for UPDF said though their team started on a good note, securing the first goal over Onduparaka, the boys relaxed in the second half of the game, helping their opponent to secure an equalizer. According to Okurut the UPDF team was prepared to tackle the threat of Mohamad Ijagason in Onduparaka squad but were surprised to get a score from Rashid Agau, whom they least anticipated to score against them.   

// Cue in; We came with the mind 

Cue out; the license did not come out…. //  

Rashid Agau, the scorer of Onduparaka’s equalizer goal said he feels excited scoring the first goal of the season for the Caterpillars.    

// Cue in; I feel very much excited 

Cue out; win for us the game…. // 

Two of Onduparaka’s players Rashid Okocha and Ramadan Dudu were issued Yellow Cards after openly fouling their oponents.

Despite the Covid-19 restrictions on the UPL matches, Green Light stadium was filled up to capacity with fans.