Paul "Latest" Nkata Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Veteran Paul “Latest” Nkata resigned his post as head coach at Uganda Revenue Authority on Tuesday evening.

[/media-credit] Paul Nkata (left) on the URA bench Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

This happened moments after URA’s humiliating 7-2 defeat to reigning league champions, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Football Club.

URA F.C Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edward Kulubya confirmed the sad development to the media;

Coach Paul Nkata resigned after we lost 7-2 to KCCA. He affirmed the development himself. We thank him for the time he has served the club and wish him fruitful deliberations.

Nkata joined URA towards the end of the first round in December 2017, taking over Ibrahim Kirya whose employment contract had been terminated by the club management.

This had been the second time that the former Uganda Cranes international was coaching the tax collectors’ side.

Nkata was first released by URA on 18th June 2014 alongside former club doctor Jack Walugembe as Alex Isabirye returned for his second spell at the tax collectors’ side.

[/media-credit] Paul “Latest” Nkata Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

During his first game at URA upon his second spell as head coach, Nkata was granted a rude welcome by Arua side, Onduparaka 1-0 on 23rd December 2017.

Through his second tenure, the club has blown cold and hot, recording a series of mixed results here and there.

The latest 7-2 drubbing by the reigning champions, KCCA was definitely the spark to his sudden and shocking resignation.

Sam Ssimbwa is highly tipped to take over from Nkata.

Who is Paul Nkata?

Paul Nkata was born on March 22, 1960. He is the fifth of eight children to Yusuf Sendagala and Tolofina Nazziwa of Jinja-Karoli, Maganjo in Wakiso District.

He was a stylish midfielder in his hey days and is widely regarded as one of the most stylish players to have graced Ugandan football in the 80’s and early 90’s.

He was a fine dribbler and entertainer endowed with speed.

Football fans and the media admired his stylish play and nicknamed him “latest.”

Nkata grew up in a football family and four of his siblings were established footballers. George Sendagala (RIP) and Eria Sewanyana (RIP) featured for Nsambya and Bank of Uganda FC, Isaac Sempiira (Fisheries) and Benon Masembe (Bank of Uganda).

Nkata first showed signs of football ingenuity while at Jinja-Karoli Primary School but it was while at Kololo SSS 1977 that he showed his true potential – mainly as sweeper.

He also featured prominently for the Uganda Cranes winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge cup thrice before retiring in 1991.

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

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