URA FC registered a statement of intent with a massive 2-0 victory against Vipers SC at the St. Mary’s Stadium, in the bright Saturday evening sunlight to break the virginity of the hosts in their own backyard.

Coming into the encounter, the Tax Collectors deputy coach Simeon Massa had indicated the need for optimism, and concentration from his side coming into the game. That was if the team harboured any desires to claim all three points.

To achieve this, the gaffer named more or less the same squad as one that put six past Tooro United on Tuesday early this week. The only change to the team was a forced one that saw Arafat Galiwango replace the injured Derrick Ndahiro. 

Contrary to the enthusiasm from the URA camp in the build-up, Massa’s side succumbed to a slow start to the game, conceding possession to the hosts at least until the 14th minute when the team hustled to win the midfield battle.

The moment of euphoria came in the 17th minute when Joackiam Ojera brilliantly put the ball far beyond the opposition custodian’s reach courtesy of a perfect run from Steven Desse Mukwala.

The hosts would dominate the ball in a quest for an equaliser thereafter but at this juncture, the Tax Collectors were holding their grip on the game. URA earned a free kick in the 21st minute but it didn’t materialise.

The hosts would try to force the issue in the 25th minute with a freekick but Milton Kalisa was disappointed to be flagged offside and at this point, the visitors were starting to have a bit more of the ball.

That was more or less the story at half-time, a story that changed in the second half with an end-to-end display between both sides. The Venoms however showed more intent at the hour mark.

Saidi Kyeyune came close with a long-range effort at the 61st minute but the opposition goalkeeper proved equal to the effort and parried the ball out for a corner kick. A URA advantage at this stage to help come down the pressure.

Massa made a change in the 72nd minute that saw Ojera replaced by Viane Ssekajugo before Cromwel Rwothomio doubled the lead in the 74th minute, making good work of Ashraf Mandela’s cross.

To stamp more authority on the game in terms of control, the gaffer made changes in the 82nd and 90th minutes that saw Ivan Sserubiri replace Rwothomio and Kabon Living come on for Moses Sseruyidde respectively.

The final whistle meant that for the first time this season, the Venoms were subjected to a defeat and that for the third year running, URA is unbeaten at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.


Hanningtion Sebwalunyo (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Arafat Galiwango, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafiq Kagimu (C), Moses Sseruyidde: Kabon Living, Joakiam Ojera: Viane Sekajugo, Steven Mukwala and Cromwel Rwothomio: Ivan Sserubiri.

John Bugembe
November 27, 2021