Arua-based Uganda Premier League (UPL) side has finally got some good news to tell their fans in West Nile, as the club has been faced with a lot of challenges lately.
According to the latest development, the club will still not be able to host their games at their fortress in Barifa forest, but will atleast play their home games at home – in Westnile, the club has confirmed.
“Our new home Paridi Stadium in Adjumani has been approved by FUFA to host StarTimes Uganda Premier League matches for 2023/24 season,” Arua Hill announced on Tuesday evening.
According to the club, hopefully, some games will be played in Arua soon, as they strive to reinstate the defaced Barifa stadium.
Paridi Stadium in Adjumani is also a bit distant from Arua, as the distance between the two districts is slightly under 200 kilometres apart, but it’s still way more convenient than the earlier alternative.
The Arua-founded club was set to host their 2023/24 home games some over 400 kilometres away from home, at Kavumba Recreational in Grounds in Wakiso District.
That, after an unknown group of people vandalized their home, Barifa grounds in Arua City, destroying a number of facilities including the pavilion, fence and restrooms.
Alternatively, the Leopards had earlier on considered utilizing Midigo Primary School grounds in Yumbe District, where Calvary FC host their FUFA Big League games.
However, the open school ground was reportedly deemed unsuitable for top-flight football standards and also unfavourable for the club’s revenue plans.
There were expectations that the club would engage the management of Greenlight Stadium where their arch-rivals Onduparaka will be hosting their second division games, but that option was not considered.