URA FC will now channel all the energy and motivation obtained from our recent elimination from the CAF Confederations Cup at the second preliminary round stage to the fresh and new StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.

This particular 2021/22 campaign for the Tax Collectors will commence at matchday four as we host UPDF FC at the Arena of Visions, Ndejje in a bid to reminisce last season’s result at the same venue. A result that was, as it may not surprise you-in favour of URA FC.

URA, who was then still under the stewardship of Sam Simbwa as head coach, won the game 2-1 courtesy of a brace from last season’s club top scorer Steven Dese Mukwala with goals spread in both halves.

That result was also completion of a double against the Army side because earlier, in the first half of the season, a Mukwala strike at the half-hour mark had granted us impetus on the away turf of Bombo Military Grounds.

In light of that, the club has since done a lot of preparations for the new season in terms of the additions to the squad. These don’t go further from exciting offensive options like; Viane SSekajugo, Kabon Living, but also the return of Saidi Kyeyune to his alma mater.

There were also other exciting prospects like Andrew Okiring Isiagi, Derrick Ndahiro, the return of custodian James Alitho but also Najib Fesali-who massively impressed while on loan to then FUFA Big League side Gaddafi FC.

Realistically, all resources seem to have been perfectly placed for this new challenge as Sam Timbe kickstarts his reign as head coach at the club, a position he took over from Simoen Massa who was in charge earlier on an interim basis.

He will however have to contend with a resilient UPDF side that has already tasted the waters in the league so far this season and in the process, ousting the defending champions in bizarre fashion.

With the team perfectly set and no injuries registered, at least from the team news released, this might just be a game setting up nicely for Timbe and his troops to dominate and acquire that elusive first win of the season.

Facts About the Game

Both sides have only met each other eight times since the year 2015 and among these encounters, the Tax Collectors boast of an amazing and humongous winning percentage of 87 percent.

This is so because the Tax Collectors have won seven out of the eight games leaving no glory to the opposition. The reminder was a one-all draw that happened during the 2015/16 season away from home.

John Bugembe
October 29, 2021