URA bench Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] URA bench against Lweza at Wankulukuku. James Odoch (seated extreme right was acting head coach) Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

At a time when his former Uganda Cranes teammate and closet comrade, Kefa Kisala lost his job at URA Football Club, James Odoch was tasked by management to step in the ‘big shoes’ at least for one game – against Lweza.

Odoch, bold as he is like he was in his hey playing days at Police, SC Villa, Express and Uganda Cranes, took over the responsibility, this time assisted by another former national team great and URA club legend, Simeon Masaba.

During the official teams’ warm up sessions, you could see the tension, pressure on players and the team technical team.

Odoch is excited by the maximum points in such tempting times at the club.

First of all, I thank God for this match.

The players did something extra to win the match and I salute them.

It gives me special pleasure to win once again after three matches in the league without any victory.

The opening 45 minutes of the game played at the Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku were goalless with only Hudu Mulikyi’s shot that kissed the cross bar the best chance.

Lady luck smiled on the visiting team with Feni Ali’s moment of brilliance as he maneuvered through a forest of legs to curl home the opener past the diving goalie Ivan Mutumba.

Barely five minutes to full time, striker Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza  acrobatically volleyed home the second to wrap up business for the tax collectors on the evening.

[/media-credit] URA line-up against Lweza Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Odoch cites the mental strength of his charges in the match that propelled them to success;

For such Kefa (Kisala) sacking was a big shock to me and most players. We are yet to recover from the shock but that is football.

The players recovered well to display the best performance. Such was the mental strength.

We now look forward the next match and we hope we can better this performance.

Former Lweza Football Club head coach Ibrahim Kirya is set to be named head coach at URA F.C on Wednesday evening.

Kirya bid farewell to hundreds of Lweza fans who attended their match on Tuesday.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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