Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) have been frivolous for the past seasons and left the title fight to KCCA FC and Vipers SC for the last nine campaigns. The last time the Tax Collectors won the league was during the 2010/11 season.
Between then and now, the four-time league winners have flattered to deceive, failing to march the duopoly of KCCA FC and Vipers SC and only left to play the participant role despite changes in the coaching staff and playing unit.
This season however seems different and if the results posted in the first round are anything to go by, URA FC could finally end a ten-year league title drought.
The biggest question is whether Sam Ssimbwa who is by the way running down his contract can sustain the momentum he has had in the first round and be able to replicate it in the final bend of the season.
What has been the magic behind the brilliant performance?
At the half way mark, URA FC have been able to garner 36 of the possible 45 points, losing just one game and drawing on three occasions.
Unlike on several occasions where URA FC have always been busy in the transfer windows, the Tax Collectors did not sign many players at the start of the season. The new arrivals included Davis Ssali, Arafat Galiwango, Brian Nkuubi, Stephen Mukwala and Jackson Nunda.
Mukwala has been the most influential of the aforementioned, carrying on with his scoring form from Maroons FC and seeking to retain the top scorer’s gong. He has 9 already to his name this season, 4 short of the tally he managed last season.
And for any team that wants to win a league title, having a lethal striker is a must or at least that can be compensated with the goals spreading across the squad.
For URA FC, Mukwala has been reliable, Cromwell Rwothomio who missed the opening five games returned to the team with a bang, scoring a hat trick against MYDA FC and has five goals.
Stability in defence
Benjamin Nyakoojo has firmly established himself as a dependable in URA FC backline, starting all the games this season.
His improvement has been evident and arguably one of the best defenders in the league this season. Nyakoojo has been named man of the match on three occasions.
Alongside Paul Mbowa, they have formed a formidable partnership that has only conceded nine goals. Only Express FC (seven) have conceded fewer.
2020/21 Season Games
- Mbarara City FC 1-1 URA FC
- URA FC 0-0 Soltilo Bright Stars FC
- URA FC 2-1 SC Villa
- BUL FC 0-2 URA FC
- KCCA FC 1-2 URA FCm98
- MYDA FC 2-3 URA FC
- URA FC 0-0 Wakiso Giants FC
- Kitara FC 2-3 URA FC
- URA FC 1-0 Busoga United FC
- UPDF FC 0-1 URA FC
- URA FC 2-0 Kyetume FC
- Police FC 0-2 URA FC
- URA FC 2-1 Vipers SC
- Onduparaka FC 0-3 URA FC
Performance of URA FC in the first round since 2010
- 2020/21 – 36 points
- 2019/20 – 20 points
- 2018/19 – 22 points
- 2017/18 – 23 points
- 2016/17 – 22 points
- 2015/16 – 24 points
- 2014/15 – 27 points
- 2013/14 – 26 points
- 2012/13 – 23 points
- 2011/12 – 31 points (14 games)
- 2010/11 – 26 points (13 games)