URA FC has faced an agonizing defeat at the hands of West Nile’S Arua Hill SC in what came to be a spellbinding, entertaining and scintillating game of football played at the Barifa Playground on a sunny Tuesday evening.

The Tax Collectors, who started the game in commanding fashion couldn’t hide their disappointment, at the realisation that their convincing half-time lead had slid through their arms, only for the host to have the last laugh.

Sam Timbe’s team had scored through Kabon Living and goal-hungry Cromwel Rwothomio in the first stanza of the game before Samuel Ssekamatte’s brace brought the Leopards back on level terms. Alfred Leku sealed it at the interval.

Approaching the game, Timbe made five changes to the side that started our first StarTimes Uganda Premier League home encounter of the season against UPDF FC in the quest for a more commanding start to the game.

James Alitho, Najib Fesali, Patrick Mbowa, Kabon Living and Steven Mukwala came on for Nafian Alionzi, Hudu Mulikyi, Ivan Sserubiri, Joackiam Ojera and Moses Sseruyidde respectively.

The gaffer indeed got the start he craved as the boys had their adrenaline pumping with purpose. The team skipper Shafik Kagimu got close in the 18th minute but was unable to make his effort count as the volley hit the woodwork.

The pressure would intensify further, from a URA FC perspective and would pay off in the 28th minute with Kabon magnificently converting straight from a free-kick to give us the lead. This was his full debut for the Tax Collectors.

Rwothomio, who has been in red-hot form recently had no intentions of missing the party and found the back of the net when his brilliantly executed header, off an inch-perfect free-kick from Kabon.

The hosts would pull one back in added time of the first stanza to subject the Tax Collectors to more pressure going into the half-time break, the kind of pressure that seemed too much to handle by the visitors.

Realistically, the second half of the game was a tale of frustration, missed opportunities and uncharacteristic defensive mistakes from the Tax Collectors who had earlier seemed to have summed up the game.

The hosts scored twice in a space of four minutes, goals from Ssekamatte, who was completing a brace and Leku for the third in the 46th and 50th minutes respectively, thereby taking the lead at the interval.

Timbe’s side tried to force an equalizer for the remaining minutes of the game but it was all in vain as the hosts held on for the final whistle. And get it they did, as the visitors could only sour grape.

The defeat is the first for URA FC this season but also coincides with this being our first away game of the season. The boys will now have to switch their sights on BUL FC who will be coming to the Arena of Visions, Ndejje on matchday six of the season.

John Bugembe
November 2, 2021