Stylish Nigerian midfielder Innocent Maduka has agreed terms to rejoin Blacks Power, The-SportsNation can reliably confirm.
Maduka returns to Blacks Power from Arua Hill, two years after he left the Lira-based club to join the then newly promoted Uganda Premier League side.
The Blacks Power management has always been interested in working with the midfielder, who has previously made a very big name for himself in Northern Uganda.
Born in Abia, Kaduna State in Nigeria, Maduka, also commonly reffered to as ‘Oga’ became a household name in Lira Bukedea and Arua because of his exciting style of play.
Oga is always cheered for his exceptional dribbling abilities and ball passing skills with blistering pace. At Blacks Power, he has been so loved, since their Bukedea Town Council days.
Last season, relegated Blacks Power finished ten places and 18 points below Arua Hill in the Uganda Premier League.
Arua Hill finished fourth with 44 points from 28 games, while Blacks Power had a forgettable first season in the first division, finishing 2nd last on the 15-team table, having gathered 26 points, only four more than last placed Onduparaka.
The midfielder however found it more convenient for him to return to Lira, than continue in Arua.
Lira is like the Nigerian’s home in Uganda. He even plays for Lango Province in the FUFA Drum tournament. When the footballer arrived in the country in 2017, he settled in Northern Uganda, playing for then second division Amuka Bright Stars in Lira.
Following Amuka’s relegation to the third division, Blacks Power, then Bukedea Town Council snatched him in the 2019-2020 season.
In his two seasons at Blacks Power (disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic), Maduka managed nine goals and ten assists plus a couple of Impressive displays, which prompted Arua Hill to ‘snatch’ him to Barifa.
Maduka now returns to Lira as a free agent from Arua Hill where his two-year contract just ended. In the two seasons he has spent in Arua, he had also become a darling to the fans.
At Blacks Power, Maduka will reunite with his former coach John Peter Ongodia, with whom they made history at the same club.
The player, and his coach were part of the special group that guided Blacks Power to their first ever Big League promotional play-offs.