Midfielder Francis Odongo put up a Man Of The Match Perfomance on Tuesday as Mbarara City earned a precious point off league holders Vipers SC at Kakyeka Stadium.
This was the first time this season that the Venoms failed to score any goal and dropped points, after starting on a high note with victories over Gaddafi FC and Arua Hill SC.
Vipers’ 0-0 draw with Mbarara City saw the defending Champions miss an opportunity to claim the top spot on the league table.
Speaking after the match, Odongo, who was exceptional in the midfield only briefly said, “I will continue giving my best as usual”.
“I will just continue working hard to help my team get important results,” the midfielder added.
That’s exactly what defines the workaholic hard tackling midfielder; says less and just does more – Always ready for battle, leaves his all on the field of play, and repeats the drill. His consistency is admirable, and he can be trusted to deliver on any day.
The dreadlocked Rasta’s physical strength, defensive skills, positional awareness and discipline plus a superior passing ability made him stand out for Mbarara City in the deep lying midfield role against Vipers.
His physical and aggressive approach made the visitors uncomfortable on the ball. He tackled hard to win back possession and covered wide distances to give cover to the backline, and won most of the aerial duels.
Odongo, who was only unveiled at Mbarara City in July from Mbale-based Big League outfit Kataka FC on a one year deal, has already settled in, going on to command a place in coach Wasswa Bbosa’s starting eleven in his debut season in the Premier League.
He has started each one of the Ankole Lions’ three UPL games, manning the midfield in the ‘deep six’ role – effectively providing defensive cover to the backline.
The Ankole Lions have so far played three games, lost their opener 1-0 to new entrants NEC and went on to concede no other goal and lose no other game in the following two matches.
Mbarara City have produced the same 0-0 scoreline against against Express at Wankulukuku and Vipers at Kakyeka.
After frustrating league holders at Kakyeka on Tuesday, Mbarara City now sit 12th of 16 teams.
When league action returns, the team will still be looking up to Odongo in the midfield on 19th October when they visit Busoga United in Jinja immediately after the international break.
Meanwhile, following Mbarara City’s upset on Tuesday, Vipers will host SC Villa at Kitende on 20th October.