URA will travel to Kavumba Recreational Grounds this Tuesday, February 1st 2020 to lock horns with Solitilo Bright Stars in what will be Matchday 14 of the 2021/22 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season for the tax collectors.

This encounter, which should have come a bit earlier in the season with another against Busoga United comes three weeks after the league had taken recess, but at all means a good time following the Tax Collectors’ last outing in Yumbe against Total FC in the Uganda Cup.

The URA head coach Sam Timbe highlighted the importance of approaching this game with the right mindset and high spirits following their most recent upturn of results.

“It is important that we approach the game with this good mindset. We won our previous game in the Uganda Cup convincingly and I hope we can build on that against a good side,” Timbe told URA Media.

“The performance was good in Zombo most importantly and we need to carry this into the league. It has to start against our opponents on Tuesday evening.”

“I am aware of our struggles against Bright Stars last season, we failed to win against them the entire season and this has to change this time around.”

Speaking about the threat the opponent is likely to present, Timbe highlighted how Bright Stars always possess a threat never mind their poor home record this season.

“I think with Nelson Ssenkatuka and other attacking options, Bright Stars will give us something of a challenge to work with. We can’t afford complacency going into the game.”

“I am pleased with how we have been training and I am positive that come tomorrow, the boys will give it everything they have to ensure that we earn maximum points,” he summed.

That reality is that Bright Stars have struggled this season and that can only mean that URA has their work cut out for them. Timbe’s side will also be looking to change the record since the fixture had no winner last season.

URA will play the other game against Busoga United in a bid to complete their first-round fixtures, this Friday, February 4th still away from home at FUFA technical centra.

What You Ought To Know

In the last five meetings between both sides, URA won the same games as Bright Stars. Once to be precise with the three ending as statements. Both league games played in the 2020/21 season ended as stalemates.

There have been a total of sixteen games played between both sides since 2013. URA have the lion share of wins with six, Bright Stars only count two while the balance is registered as draws.

URA has scored a goal in all their away games this season, and have lost just once against Arua Hill SC at the Barifa Playgrounds in Arua.

Team News

Nyakojo Benjamin remains out of action with a right adductor strain while Steven Mpoza won’t make the squad either due to a left rectus femoris strain.

Akankwasa Alex is currently on post-surgical rehab as well as Sseruyidde Moses, whose recovery from a right MCL sprain is still ongoing.

John Bugembe
January 31, 2022