Onduparaka: We Are Still In Transition – Dudu Bosco

Onduparaka Technical Director Dudu Bosco says their team is in a transition and it will take time for them to hit the ground running.

Dudu made the remarks after their 1-1 draw with UPDF in the Uganda Premier League opener at the Greenlight Stadium.

The Technical Director acted as the coach on the day, sitting in for Head Coach George Lutalo, who was absent due to national duty with the Women National Team, the Crested Cranes

Ivan Ahimbisibwe scored the first goal of the UPL season to put UPDF in the halftime lead before Rashid Agau levelled for the hosts.

All eyes were on Shaban Muhammad who rejoined the Caterpillars from Vipers SC and the striker impressed despite failing to find the back of the net.

In his post match interview, Dudu Bosco commented: “We started slow but we gained monentum in the second half, everything was balanced but all in all most players were on their debuts so we shall pick from there and improve.”

“We played a team that is purely defensive and they had two holding Midfielders which means they only wanted to play on a counter and that’s what they did throughout the game but for us we are a team that wants to use the ball a lot.”

“UPDF is a solid side, they are one of the best teams and last season they finished 8th and this season they started preparations early so it’s a side that can win anywhere and can beat anyone.

“We are very proud as a club because we are in a transition and it will take us a lot of time to make things right but at the moment we are grateful for the point, it would have been worse than this.”

Action at Greenlight stadium between Onduparaka (green) and UPDF FC

Dudu admits that football is always full of pressure whether you are chasing the title or trying to beat relegation but he predicts they won’t struggle too much this season.

He added: “But this time we are not going to struggle so much because there is alot of positive that we are going to work on to see that we stabilise the team as soon as possible.

“We lacked options in the attack because of the license issues but am very confident that in the next game we shall have more options than today.

“We have to work on our midfield because in most cases we lost the ball in the middle as the offensive players Shaban and Agau were not getting the supply they deserved so I think that is the home work for us as the Technical team”.

“Actually Ivan Okello was a makeshift from defence to Midfield, we are working on to have some few players like Oloro Nathan, Jarieko James and Mansoor Safi Agu on our next game on Friday those 3 will be available and options will be there”.

On the extent of Ivan Okello’s injury the former KCCA Scout says they are waiting for the doctor’s report.

The Caterpillars return to action on Friday away to Bright Stars at the Kavumba Recreation Ground.

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