URA FC will not take part in the 2024 Mapinduzi tournament scheduled between 28th December 2023 upto 13th January 2024 in Zanzibar.

The Tax Collectors recieved an official invitation from the tournament organisers which was also accompanied by a letter from the Tanzania Football Federation to FUFA for the same cause.

In a letter from FUFA dated 22nd December after expressing readiness to travel to Zanzibar to represent the country, the approval to go and take part in the tournament was subjected to the following conditions as agreed upon by FUFA and UPL:

  1. All URA FC SUPL fixtures must continue uninterrupted.
  2. URA FC commits to abide by the aforementioned condition in writing.

With three UPL fixtures left to end the first round against Mbarara City FC on 29th December, 2nd January at KCCA FC and 7th January against SC Villa, it left us with no option apart from withdrawing inorder to honor our fixtures.

URA FC had initially been placed in group A with Mlandege FC, Azam FC and Chipukizi United before being replaced by South Sudan’s Jamus FC.

In 2016, the Tax Collectors became the second Ugandan club to win the tournament after KCCA FC in 2014 when they beat Tanzania’s Mtibwa Sugar 3-1 in the final before losing in another final in 2018 to Azam FC 4-3 in penalties following a barren stalemate in normal time.

John Bugembe
December 27, 2023

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