By Thomas Odongo
Paidha Black Angels who played at the FUFA Big League, Elgon Region pool on Sunday sealed promotion to the Uganda Premier League after winning 4-2 via penalty shootouts against Kitara FC at Star Times stadium.
The two sides had failed to break the deadlock by full time and had to sort out matters via spot kicks and Paidha emerged victor.
Paidha custodian Latex Odong saved two penalties to earn his side a deserved spot in the top flight and also add weight to West-Nile’s representation in the UPL.
They are now the second team from Arua Municipality to join the top-flight league after Onduparaka FC also booked a seat at the table of men during the 2015/2016 football season.
Worth noting is that both Onduparaka and Paidha gained promotion through the same coach – Allan Kabonge, who also guided Masavu FC to the top-flight league during the 2016/17 season.
‘’The boys have been fighting hard and they deserve this. The team will put up a good challenge in the UPL,’’ Kabonge the Paidha tactician noted after gaining promotion.
Paidha also reached last season’s Uganda Cup final but fell prey to KCCA and hence their promotion is no surprise to football disciples.
However, Nyamityobora FC from Western Region were the first to qualify for the Uganda Premier League three weeks ago on sporting merit after a 2-1 win over rivals Kitara in Mbarara.
Ndejje University Football Club alias 'the Lions' were the second after settling for a 0-0 draw against Kamuli Park two weeks ago in Kamuli.
All new entrants to the league will undergo a licensing process from FUFA before sealing their status.
Meanwhile, the three teams to be relegated from the top flight are yet to be decided with the fight for survival getting tighter but Masavu Fc, Proline FC and Express FC are facing the axe.