“There aren’t many better feelings in football than winning at home, even better, earning successive wins to climax a brilliant week.” This has been one of the highlights from a lengthy post-match interview with the head coach at the conclusion of the game tonight. 

It doesn’t get any better than this indeed if you think about it especially considering the weight of our opponents. Unlike our most previous game, BUL FC has given us a run for our money like promised.

The two sides were respectfully engaged in a tale of two halves. The first being fairly contested at least as the scoreline suggested while the second being one-way traffic for URA FC.

In the build-up to this game, it was clear that the tax collectors had the beating of their opponents on the night with URA edging the last five meetings between both sides and failing to win just once. 

Dada Ibrahim sprints to win the ball.

This was in the back of Sam Simbwa’s mind when naming this starting eleven. No prizes for guessing who was to start with the team having a good run of results. Ivan Sserubiri for the injured Moses Sseruyidde and Cromwel Rwothomio for Dada Ibrahim proved to be the only two changes from the side that played against KCCA FC.

The intention was clear from the team “go get that double”. URA FC had just completed their league double against KCCA FC and this, if done would prove to be another milestone in a season where records have come in rampant for us. 

The boys did it with precision and charisma but required a wake-up alert from their slow start to the game. It took until the 10th minute for URA FC to create their first chance of the game with Kagimu setting up Mukwala who forced the opposition goalkeeper to parry his chance out for a corner kick.

Mukwala Steven in action.

Brian Nkuubi came on for Julius Mutyaba in the 21st minute who limped off the pitch injured. The game would change at this instant. The tax collectors would dominate the game at this juncture.

The pressure did payoff in the 30th minute when Brian Majwega brilliantly scored direct from a free-kick to put us head. The joy was however short-lived as the visitors equalized the game after just 3 minutes to our goal.

The tax collectors had the chance to retake their lead in minute 44 with the chance that fell to the feet of the skipper after Brian Majwega brilliantly shrugged off the opposition defenders to lay it to perfection. The opposition custodian however had other plans as he pushed the ball out.

The second stanza of the game had a different feel to it as URA attacked at the front. Kagimu would get to relive the moment he had at the conclusion of the first half, this time, he made it count as he put us forward again in the 57th minute.

Utility player Hudu Mulikyi solid in the back line ever since returning from injury.

Cromwel Rwothomio would eventually seal the tie with our third on the night rebounding Kagimu’s shot which the goalkeeper missed. The keeper came to collect the ball and lost it to the able feet of Dada Ibrahim to squared it for Cromwell to finish. 

That much more sealed the game with a 3-1 scoreline and implied that the tax collectors have done a league double against BUL FC for the first time since their inception into the topflight league. 

When asked about the record, Sam Simbwa had this to say: “We don’t want to get carried away with records. They don’t mean a lot to us but perhaps to the fans. We want to win games. That’s all.”

Our next game will be away to SC Villa at the Bombo Military grounds stadium. The game will be played this Wednesday 21/04/2021.

John Bugembe
April 16, 2021