Excitement Ahead of Onduparaka's Maiden Premier League Match

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There is excitement in Arua Municipality as home side Onduparaka FC make their maiden appearance in the Azam Premier League. Onduparaka take on Soana FC at the Stadium of Light.

Excitement is building in Arua Municipality ahead of today's first Azam Premier League showdown between Onduparaka Football Club and Soana Football Club at the Stadium of Light.
Several fans donning the club T-shirts are already filling the town. Many hope that their team records a decisive victory against Soana FC to send a message to other teams.
Sunday Olishe, a former player with the team says Onduparaka FC has been preparing well ahead of the match and hopes a clean victory will be the result. Olishe says he is expecting the team to beat Soana FC by two goals to nil.

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Das Eria, another excited fan says it's more than the result. He says Onduparaka FC plays attractive football that will win any fan to the club. He says he is hoping that brand of playing continues today. He predicts a 2-1 win for the home side.
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Eria is calling on the fans to turn early in large numbers to support their team.
Officials from the club say everything is ready for the first big match. Adams Lematia, the Public Relations Officer of the West Nile-based team says his players are ready. He says new team coach Leo Adraa has been building the team and hopes a good result will justify that today. He has called on the fans to rally behind the team during the match.
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Lematia says they lost some matches last season because the players made some simple mistakes. He says since coach Leo Adraa took over, he has been working on the mistakes, which Lematia says he has corrected.
The Stadium of Light, Onduparaka's home ground is fondly called the "Massacre Ground" by the fans. The club never lost a match last season at the stadium. The fans and officials are hoping that this performance continues throughout the season.

The last team from West Nile to play on the Premier League was Ediofe Hills FC in the 2007-2008 season. 


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Franklin Ezaruku Draku
Franklin Draku has been a journalist since 2004. In his 12 years of practice, Draku can say he has covered all the journalism beats that exist.

A Uganda Radio Network (URN) staff member since 2010, Draku is based in Arua. This is his second tour of duty in this area. Draku was URN's main education and environment journalist in Kampala for two years 2014 to 2016.

A Kyambogo University graduate, Draku first worked with Arua district based Radio Pacis in 2004. At the station, he was a production assistant, reporter, producer, and then talk show host. In 2008, he joined Transnile Broadcasting Service for a year.

Draku reports intensively on education, tourism, environment and local government. He has twice been a runner up for the National Journalism Awards in 2013 and in 2014.