Kitara Football Club fans in Hoima on Friday accorded a heroic welcome to the players after qualifying for the Uganda Premier League for the second time.
There was a traffic jam as hundreds of fans thronged the streets and roads of Hoima Oil City welcoming the players from Adjumani district where Kitara FC thumped Adjumani Town Council FC 3-0 in a match played at Paridi Stadium in Adjumani to be promoted to Uganda StarTimes Premier League.
Hamidah Aheebwa, a Kitara FC fan calls for synergy to see the club lift the flag higher by scooping a trophy since they have ever been on top of the table in this season.
“I appeal to the players, management and fans of Kitara FC to work together to see the club lift this year’s FUFA Big League trophy though we have already qualified for the Premier League,” says the ecstatic Aheebwa.
Maxwell Owacugui, the Kitara FC Captain says despite qualifying for Premier League, it is not yet over adding that the club want to be crowned as champions of FUFA Big League this season.
“We fought hard as Kitara FC players from day one. We don’t want to qualify as runners up. We want to be crowned as champions of this year’s FUFA Big League as the biggest reward to our fans who supported us from day one and to make Bunyoro proud.”
Adding: “Though we have qualified, we still have a lot of tasks to fulfil in Uganda Premier League. For that case, we need to remain united, focused and determined ahead of our new challenges in the Uganda Premier League.”
Joshua Atugonza, the Club’s Chief Executive Officer, also says their main target now is to win the FUFA Big League trophy.
Deo Kasozi Aheebwa, the Chairperson Kitara Football Club, says after the qualification, they now remain with the task of completing their home playground with construction works currently underway.
He says the club do not want to host their home games in other playgrounds next season since it cost them a lot of money last season.
The club management acquired an extensive land measuring seven acres at Kyamugenzi village in Butema parish, Buhanika sub-county in Hoima district 16km from the city centre and one kilometre off the Hoima-Kampala Highway.
The land will have a state-of-the-art recreation centre constructed there having a standard football field, athletics running track, dressing rooms, mini-stand with facilities for other games like hockey, rugby, volleyball, basketball and netball.
Kitara FC is on top of the table with 58 points followed by Mbarara City with 57 points and with only one game remaining to close this 2022/23 season.
Kitara will play its last game at its home ground of Kigaaya Church of Uganda primary school in Buhimba town council, Kikuube district against Karokarungi FC.