SUPL: Onduparaka apologise to KCCA for ‘ugly scenes’ in Arua

Following the Onduparaka fans’ violence and acts of hooliganism in the game against KCCA FC, the encounter at Greenlight Stadium, Arua was abandoned.

According to a statemate released by Onduparaka FC, the management of the Caterpillars extended their apologies to KCCA promising that they will ensure such scenes never happen again.

“We extend our deepest apologies to KCCA FC that has been a great partner on and off the pitch,” the statement partly read before adding; “We commit to ensuring that these incidents do not reoccur in the future.”

“We commit to reengage our fans and stewards on the non-violent expression of emotions and respect for the game and our opponents.”

Fans at the playing surface in protest of the penalty.|©️Sanyuka TV

“Onduparaka FC publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that transpired and regrets its impact on the game and the individuals at the game.”

“In the same spirit of promoting integrity in the league, we implore FUFA to take urgent steps to investigate the growing allegations of bad officiation and match-fixing to reduce chances of agitation in the future games,” the statemate concluded.

In the sixth minute of additional time after 90 minutes played, KCCA’s Brian Aheebwa was brought down in the area by Hamza Geriga and center referee Ronald Madanda called for a penalty.

The judgment was highly protested by Onduparaka players and the technical bench. The fans joined the incident by attacking the officials as well as invading the playing area.

However, Madanda stood by his decision that the penalty had to be taken but the home fans came to the playing area and took over the pitch by throwing stones and chairs at the officials.

Officials asking fans to leave the pitch for the game to continue.|©️Sanyuka TV

Police were called to rescue the unruly fans and it was only teargas that managed to scare away part of the crowd.

Into the game before the chaos:

Onduparaka were rewarded a lead after 10 minutes played through Rashid Okocha’s powerful strike leaving KCCA’s custodian Ochan with less to do.

After four minutes, KCCA equalized through Usma Arafat before the creator Sadat Happy Anaku turned into goalscorer in the 21st minute.

But Muhammad Shaban converted from the spot to level it 2-2 against former paymasters after a controversial penalty that was highly contested by KCCA.

It only remains a point of time to tell what the sanction will be since the game was abandoned.

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