It’s often said that great things come in threes. This is by all means applicable to the mastery of URA FC that has seen us oust the Caterpillars with a 3-0 scoreline in our last game of the 2020/2021 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season first round.

The build-up to this game was one full of praise of our recent form not just limited to our previous fixture against the defending champions Vipers SC but also the other games that have made up this incredible run. 

Sseruyidde Moses was the only change in todays line up replacing injured Hudu Mulikyi

The cry from our fans was that the team maintain the momentum as highlighted by the gaffer in his pre-match press conference. Winning at the AbaBet Greenlight Stadium in Arua was to register our 11th win of the season.

The boys didn’t disappoint. The desire to win was exhibited from the time the referee blew his whistle to commence the game til the final. The game was beautiful on the eye and indeed lived up to the hype.

Kagimu Shafik taking on an opponet

With reports of a return to fitness of custodian Nafian Alionzi, there was worry that Hannington Sebwalunyo (who was having to a good run in goal) was to lose his position, but to his delight, he maintained his place in the team as did the on-form Steven Mukwala. 

Sam Simbwa did name an industrious side with the intention of making this game super offensive. To his surprise, however, his side experienced a slow start to the game and allowed the hosts to dominate proceedings. 
It took until the 22nd minute for Steven Mukwala to break the deadlock with an improvisation that so him beat the opposing goalkeeper to put us forward. That more or less was the story of the first half.

Mukwala Steven celebrating after putting URA FC at the front.

The second half was more entertaining from a URA FC perspective as the team attacked instantly from the word go. More of this can be attributed to the substitutions made in the 58th minute that saw Ojera Jaockiam and Nkuubi Brian come on for Ssali Davis and Sseruyidde Moses respectively. 

It didn’t take long for the on-form Steven Mukwala to put us two up with a brilliant header before Cromwel Rwothomio sealed the tie with a rebound off Brian Nkuubi’s effort that hit the woodwork before coming back to play.
Mukwala would later be withdrawn for Ibrahim Dada who saw his effort fail to hit the back of the net in the 76th minute, seconds after his introduction to the game.

Cromwel Rwothomio celebrating his goal.

With that, the three points were sealed in Arua to confirm that the first round of the season concludes with URA FC top of the table.
The gaffer in his response to the result was ecstatic but most full of praise for his team and managing expectations.

Sserubiri Ivan patrolling the midfield like its his own.

“It is good we finish the first round top of the table but the journey is still long. We’ve played well. This has been our biggest away win this season scoring three and conceding none. I appreciate the away form we’ve displayed because we’ve drawn only one (Mbarara City FC) and won the rest (7). It’s a commendable job done by the team.”

 Facts from today

  • URA FC has registered just their fourth win against Onduparaka since their inception into the super league.
  • Steven Mukwala is now the league’s top scorer with 9 goals to his name.
  • URA FC has registered their 11th win of the season. No other team is yet to do it this season.
  • URA FC has concluded the first round of fixtures with only one defeat.
John Bugembe
March 17, 2021