Westnile has been blessed with two most prolific sports teams; Onduparaka FC and Arua Hill SC and the teams have been a pride to many people in the region. The two teams are yet to meet for the return league, however there has been a tense back and forth engagement between the fans of the two teams as each tends to defend with a full chest the team they support.
It is notable that during the beginning of the Uganda premier league season, both teams started very well with Arua Hill Fc performing slightly better than Onduparaka Fc, a team many prefer to call the birth of modern football in Westnile region. Arua Hill SC who currently sit at position 5 in the UPL will visit Onduparaka Fc at Ababet greenlight Stadium on 6th May 2022 for the return match.
However, the battle between the fans still continues, a battle commonly known as “Banter”. The question many sports lovers in the region still ask is whether the banter is a healthy one. One fan expressed his concern through a Facebook post and is quoted saying “If we chose the chose the right words to hype the derby, it would make sense. All I see is exchange of hate speech, arrogance and ignorance. If they clobber your head, don’t blame anyone”
Onduparaka FC has been on a winning spree dismantling every team they faced in the last 5 games they played. This has fueled a tense environment between the fans each taking to social media to provoke and predict the outcome of the coming game. One notorious and loyal fan of Onduparaka (names withheld) posted on his Facebook account and while mocking the forest team, he said “When we tell you Onduparaka is the biggest club in Uganda, this is what we mean, the forest people can share the pics of Big League Trophy and we compare their size”
Whatever is happening, we hope it will be a healthy banter that will promote and place both teams on the map and we shall always preach about coexistence among the fans of the two teams. What are your predictions for this game?