James Alitho was originally signed to double as a goalkeeper -cum-forward Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] James Alitho (shirt 30) jumps high to tame an aerial ball during the game Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Towering goalkeeper James Alitho made his long-awaited debut at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club during the 1-0 home win against newly promoted Ndejje University at the Mandela National Stadium, on Friday, 19th October 2018.

Alitho, a former CRO and Vipers goalkeeper was drafted into the starting line up on 11th hour following a strained ankle on first choice goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian Legason.

In an exclusive interview with Kawowo Sports moments after the game, Alitho stated;

I am happy that I made my first start at URA Football Club. I had always prepared for the moment and indeed it arrived.  Credit goes to the entire team including the technical team and fellow players, management and fans for the trust embedded unto me. I look forward more consistent performances

[/media-credit] Goalkeeper James Alitho made his long awaited URA debut against Ndejje University Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Peter Lwasa headed home the lone strike on the day off a well-executed delivery off the right flank by Ronald Kigongo as the tax collectors smiled to their second consecutive win of the campaign, following a 2-0 victory against another new entity in top flight Paidha Black Angels F.C.

The clean-shaven shot stopper was barely tested in between the goal posts as the defence of Hudu Mulikyi, Paul Patrick Mbowa (center halfs), Ronald Kigongo (right wing back) and Yeseri Waibi (left back role) remained solid against forwards as Samuel Matovu, Francis Onekalit, Noel Nasasira and the second half substitute Emmanuel Wasswa.

Although, the technical wing of the club intends to deploy Alitho as a center forward, he remains focused;

“I can ably play as a center forward and I proved that in the recent FUFA Drum. Even sometimes, I train as a center forward but the recent unfortunate injury to Nafian prompted the manager to deploy me back in the goal” Alitho explained.

Alitho’s understudy on the day against Ndejje University, Salim Wekiya Munaku was among the unused substitutes alongside pacy powerful winger Robert Mukongotya, Derick Ochen and Abdallah Nyanzi.

[/media-credit] James Alitho Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Ssimbwa pulled off wasteful forward Mathew Odongo Tayo at the restart of play for the second half, replacing the former Tusker striker with Joackim Ojera who missed a glorious scoring opportunity inside the goal area.

Left winger Vitalis Tabu, dangerous in the early stages of the game paved way for Saidi Kyeyune with 20 minutes left on the clock and man of the match Shafik Kuchi Kagimu majestically walked off for Julius Mutyaba on the 88th minute mark.

As Kagimu left the playing field, the captaincy role was handed over to center half Mbowa.

[/media-credit] URA FC XI vs. Ndejje University Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

The tax collectors are now fourth on the 16-team log with 7 points, same as KCCA and Bright Stars.

Alitho and the rest of the teammates face Maroons away to Luzira in their next engagement on Wednesday, 24th October 2018.

In three matches, Maroons like Nyamityobora and Police have lost all their games.

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

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