Maroons FC midfielder and skipper David Ndihabwe has urged his fellow teammates not to underestimate Arua Hill ahead of the much-anticipated clash on Saturday, emphasizing that Livingston Mbabazi's men can hurt any team, he is confident that they are equally ready to counter the Kongolo.
Senfuma Mohammed's men travel to Barifa Stadium to take on Arua Hill SC in the Uganda Premier League Match Day IV.
While speaking to maroonsfc.co.ug, he had this to say;
"Last week against Wakiso Giants was a big learning experie
nce for us. We didn’t play to our standards after 20 minutes of the game but that's all history now, I believe that we have the power and belief to make this season very special".
"There are games where you don’t even have to look at the league table to know how tough they will be and any fixture against Arua Hill falls into that category. This is an encounter where we expect a very tough opponent and we know there are no shortcuts to be found on days like this; hardwork and determination is expected."
He added that It will be great for him to see Livingstone Mbabazi again, and his former teammates. "What a wonderful leader he is for his
club. No surprise for those of us who worked with or competed against him. But I think his status as one of the very best coaches and managers in the country is rightly recognised throughout the game."
"What is important for us is that I’m certain they will feel the same about us. I can’t imagine any team looking forward to facing this Maroons side at the moment. That’s what we work for. To be the team no one wants to come up against at any one moment."
"The way we have begun the season is a good start in this regard, but that is all it is. Now we have to follow it up so that performances like that become the norm."
Ndihabwe dismissed that he doesn't want to dwell much on the game notion because the focus always has to be on the next one –especially when you are coming up against an opponent as strong as Arua Hill.
"We have players in our own ranks who are capable of deciding even the very biggest games so it makes sense to believe in ourselves even though we know outsiders have been questioning us and maybe even doubting whether we can mount a serious challenge this season."
"We know that at the very least we can compete with anyone in the league. That is exactly what we have to do on Saturday. If we do that then let’s see where it takes us."
"Our fans will get right behind us as they always do. We will give everything to try and secure the win to send our fans back home happy."
Maroons currently lie only two point behind BUL FC at the summit of the Uganda Premier League table, while Arua Hill currently find themselves in 8th place, having recorded 3 points from their first match against KCCA FC.
David Ndihabwe insisted that Senfuma's men will have to perform exceptionally well to overcome Arua Hill, and also called on his teammates to focus on their own performance so as to excel.