URA FC will host Arua Hill SC this Wednesday, March 30th in a very likely-looking entertaining and highly competitive Uganda Premier League fixture at the Arena of Visions, Ndejje University – Bombo.

For the Tax Collectors, their next league assignment is a multi-purpose mission where not only do they seek to win to improve their title chances, but would also pride in revenging by beating the side that handed them their first defeat this season.

The two sides have met only once before in the league, in which encounter Arua Hill emerged victorious. When URA visited Arua City in November, the visitors looked impressive but the home side had the last laugh.

The disappointing 3-2 defeat at the Barifa Stadium in Arua was agonizing for the Taxmen who had had a convincing first-half performance in which they scored two early goals through Kabon Living and Cromwell Rwothomio.

Hopefully, the duo, plus the combination of other attackers in Steven Mukwala and Vianne Ssekajugo can replicate their fine form in Bombo. The URA camp has also greatly been impacted by the return of midfielder Jackson Nunda who has been out for close to two years now. He played in URA’s last game against SC Villa, and he was a joy to watch.

Sitting second on a 16-team UPL table after 23 games and seven more to go, URA still has the league title in its reach, and a win against their Wednesday opponents will make it even more realistic.

Tied on 42 points so far with third-placed KCCA, URA will be more firm in the second position with three more points. A URA win against Arua Hill will also ensure that the Tax Collectors deficit of seven points off the top placed Vipers SC reduces to only four.

Whereas both URA and Arua Hill have not lost any of their last five league games, the Tax Collectors who have collected more points in the process are arguably better placed.

While URA has accumulated seven of the possible nine points in their last three games, their Wednesday visitors have only managed five, two less.

URA last lost a league game in February (1-0 against KCCA) but have since collected fourteen out of the possible 18 points, including three wins and three draws.

Generally, URA’s recent performance is commendable, but the Taxmen have done even much better at the Arena of Visions, where they most recently beat SC Villa 3-1 to go second on the table.

John Bugembe
March 30, 2022