Sports | The Northern Link UG | Protests from the home fans over a late KCCA penalty forced a four thrilling encounter at the Green Light stadium to end in abandonment.
Muhammad Shaban controversial penalty at the stroke of halftime had tied the game at 2-2 adding to Rashid Okocha opener that was canceled out by Arafat Usama and Sadat Anaku goals.
Okocha put the hosts in the lead with a well taken shot after 10 minutes and Arafat restored parity with a low drive three minutes later.
Anaku put the Kasasiro in the lead for the first time in the 20th minute but Shaban kept his cool to beat Benjamin Ochan from 12 yards after referee Ronald Madanda adjudged the ball to have hit Ashraf Mugume’s hand.
However, TV replays showed the ball didn’t hit the arm.
The second half was evenly poised but in additional time, KCCA won a penalty after their forward went dow with what appeared as minimal contact in the area.
The decision saw protests from home fans who stormed the pitch and joined the players in protests as some tagged the assistant referee.
They sat on the ground and refused play to continue forcing the match officials to abandon the game after a lengthy period.
Anti-riot police later dispersed the fans with canisters of teargas but the game never continued and we await a decision on the match.
However, Onduparaka Football Club through its different social media handles has released an official statement in regards to the incident. Read statement Below
Onduparaka Fc played its 13th game against KCCA on the 27th of December 2021 at Ababet Greenlight stadium. The match was put to a halt due to the regrettable incidents of violence pertaining to a contentious penalty decision by the referee in the 97th minute.
Onduparaka Fc publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that transpired and regrets their impact on the game and on the individuals in the game. We also extend our deepest apology to KCCA Fc that has been a great partner on and off the pitch, We continue to ensure that these incidences don’t reoccur in the future. we commit to re-engaging our fans and Stewarts on the non-violent expression of emotions and respect for the game at our opponents.
In the spirit of promoting integrity in the league, we implore FUFA to take urgent steps to investigating the growing allegation of bad officiating and match-fixing to reduce chances of agitation in future games.
In the meantime, the club will take security and displinery measures so that unfortunate events does not happen again.
For the Love of the game
Onduparaka Fc Management