URA's Cromwell Rwothomio celebrates their third goals against Onduparaka (Credit: URA FC Media)

2020-21 Uganda Premier League (Match Day 15)

  • Onduparaka  0-3 URA
  • Vipers 1-0 KCCA
  • Mbarara City 1-1 BUL
  • Bright Stars 1-2 SC Villa

Behind closed doors on the withered surface of the AbaBet Green Light Stadium in Arua, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club registered a superb performance, winning in convincing fashion 3-0 over Onduparaka on Wednesday, 17th March 2021.

Current league top scorer Steven Desse Mukwala (9 goals) struck a brace and Cromwell Rwothomio found the other goal for the dominant side coached by one of the finest players to grace Uganda’s soccer parameters, Sam Ssimbwa.

Mukwala beat goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera for the opener on 22 minutes.

Steven Mukwala celebrates one of his two goals for URA against Onduparaka in Arua (Credit: URA FC Media)

Onduparaka’s Denis Andama was cautioned for unsporting conduct three minutes past the half hour mark.

The visitors bossed the opening stanza heading to the mandatory half time break.

URA defender Patrick Mbowa was booked five minutes until restart of play.

Pint sized winger Joackim Ojera and central midfielder Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula were pushed on in the 58th minute for Davis Ssali and Moses Sseruyidde respective.

 Meanwhile, the Catarpillars rested striker Amis Muwonge for Muhammad Kyeline on the hour mark.

URA captain Shafik Kuchi Kagimu in action against Onduparaka (Credit: URA FC Media)

Mukwala headed home his second on the evening in the 61st minute.

The home side reacted with another change; Jamal Malish was withdrawn for Derrick Ochen.

In the 68th minute, Rwothomio put the game to bed with a well rebounded shot after Nkuubi’s initial effort had razed off the cross bar.

Ibrahim Juma Dada came in for Mukwala with 13 minutes left on the clock.

Hannington Ssebwalunyo, a goalkeeper for URA FC was named as the most outstanding player in the match, pocketing Shs. 100,000 for the feat.

URA goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo shows the man of the placard after the game (Credit: URA FC Media)

URA completed the first round of the 2020-21 season with 36 points aloft the rest of the 15 clubs.

This was their 11th victory in the current campaign.

Consequently, Onduparaka suffered their 6th loss of the season which leaves them with 21 points in the 8th position.

It is good we finish the first round top of the table but the journey is still long. We played well. This has been our biggest away win this season scoring three and conceding none. I appreciate the away form we have displayed with only one draw (against Mbarara City) and won the rest (7). It is a commendable job done by the team.

Sam Ssimbwa, URA FC Head Coach

Meanwhile, Vipers finished the first round with 33 points, three shy from URA after a 1-0 win over rivals KCCA.

Defender Peter Magambo scored an own goal in the first half and KCCA did not recover.

Elsewhere, Sports Club Villa edged Soltilo Bright Stars 2-0 at Kavumba Recreational Stadium.

Fred Agandu (with assist of goalkeeper Benson Wagima) and Nicholas Kabonge found the goals for the Jogoos.

Joseph Akandwanaho scored Soltilo Bright Stars’ consolation.

Away in Mbarara city, home side Mbarara City FC played to a one all draw with visiting BUL at Kakyeka Stadium.

Bebe Swalik Ssegujja gave Mbarara City the lead that was cancelled by Simon Peter Oketch.

Match day 15 winds down on Thursday with a double header on Thursday, 18th March 2021.

Team Line Ups:

Onduparaka XI: Tonny Kyamera (G.K), Gasper Adriko, Hakim Magombe, Augustine Akoch, Hamza Geriga, Denis Andama, Joel Jangeyambe, Allan Busobozi, Derrick Ochen, Amis Muwonge, Living Kabon

Subs: Austine Opoka (G.K), John Rogers, Ramathan Yakubu, Oscar Agaba, Muhammad Kyeline, Emmanuel Ssenkayi, Jamal Malish, Noel Nasasira, Sadam Norman

Interim head coach: Abu Mubaraka Wamboya

URA XI: Hannington Ssebwalunyo (G.K), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Moses Sseruyidde,  Ivan Sserubiri, Shafik Kagimu, Davis Ssali, Steven Mukwala, Cromwel Rwothomio

Subs: Nafian Alionzi (G.K), Arafat Galiwango, Brian Nkuubi, Ibrahim Juma Dada, Farouk Katongole, Michael Birungi, Joakim Ojera

Head coach: Sam Ssimbwa

Assistant coach: George Lutalo

Goalkeeping coach: Steven Billy Kiggundu

Match officials:

  • Referee: Ashadu Ssemere
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mario Okwang
  • Assistant Referee 2: Paul Omara
  • Fourth official: Rahuman Atiku
  • Referee Assessor: Muhammad Ndawula

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

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