By Samuel Opio
Just hours before Onduparaka FC entertain Bright Stars at the Green Light Stadium in Arua, the Italian giants, AS Roma have tweeted The Caterpillars as their ‘twitter team of the day!’
“Every day #ASRoma shines the social media spotlight on a team we follow & today it’s @ondufc from Uganda. Based in the north of the country, The Caterpillars have to travel 800km by bus to some away games, with fans riding motorbikes for days to support the team on their travels,” reads the tweet realized on the official club tweeter handle.
Every day #ASRoma shines the social media spotlight on a team we follow & today it’s @ondufc from Uganda. Based in the north of the country, The Caterpillars have to travel 800 km by bus to some away games, with fans riding motorbikes for days to support the team on their travels pic.twitter.com/MBQMYrwWkJ
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 29, 2018
There are many similarities between StarTimes Uganda Premier league side Onduparaka FC and Serie A giants AS Roma.
Not only are these two sides renowned for their giant-killing on the pitch, but these two clubs have made their presence felt off the pitch too, primarily because of their activities in the community.
The magnetic appeal of West Nile community based club, has attracted thousands of supporters across the divide in Uganda and its peripheries in just seven years since the club’s inception in 2011.
Earlier this year, Everton FC, through their charity arm, Everton in the Community entered into a cordial relationship with The West Nile – UK Health Partnership Consortium in Uganda as part of supporting the West Nile refugee operations in Uganda through the region’s darling club, Onduparaka F.C.
The consortium signed a memorandum of Understanding with Everton FC (Everton in the Community), a charity which will use sport to address the holistic psycho-social needs of both refugee children and the humanitarian workers who care for them.