Kampala: Onduparaka’s Club Patron Hon. Bernard Atiku has claimed that the Club has managed to shrug off all the criticism since arriving on the scene.
Atiku who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Ayivu Constituency in Arua district, revealed this during a ceremony where MTN and Onduparaka recited their marriage vows.
“Onduparaka Football Club has achieved tremendous success against all odds,” started Atiku, who is most remembered for punching the late Col. Ibrahim Abiriga in the face.
There were sceptics who thought that we would never become a giant, but we proved them all wrong.”
MTN on Thursday extended it’s contract with Onduparaka for another year worth Sh300M at an event held at the MTN common room in Munyonyi gardens, Kololo.
The event also saw the unveiling of the club jerseys for the ongoing season.
The Patron, as quoted by the club website explained:
Today we pride ourselves as having the biggest sporting brand in the country and aspiring to be one of the biggest in East Africa.
One of our long-term objectives is to become a truly continental brand. Forging ties with MTN and their reputation for bringing unmatched technology to sports and innovative marketing takes us a step closer to our goals.”
It should be noted that Onduparaka FC was formed during October 2011 by Joe Erema and Benjamin Nyakuni, sources have verified.
In the space of less than five years, Onduparaka got Premier League promotion and now as they say – the rest is history.
Onduparaka, now an house name, has resurrected Football in West Nile and made the region a fortress. They have produced some players to the National team including Shaban ‘Jagasson’ Mohamed who has gone on to turn pro across borders.
Onduparaka, is currently, a house hold name in Uganda’s Football circles.