MATCH PREVIEW: URA vs Tooro United

Patrick Fred Ochieng

Head of Public Relations, Media and Communications at URA Football Club.

The Tax Collectors have a rare opportunity of making amends for their uncharacteristic misgivings during the last home encounter against BUL FC in the shortest possible time, a game whose upturn of events left many mesmerized.

This, they will do with a new challenge and against a side they struggle against, Tooro United. There will therefore be no prizes for guessing the level of intensity that will be channelled their way on Tuesday, November 23 at the Arena of Visions, Ndejje.

It was indeed heartbreaking that URA failed to bag all three points at a venue that makes part of our jurisdiction, especially considering that the team had comfortably led the game under half an hour.

Simoen Masa, who is deputy to head coach Sam Timbe did highlight his disappointment with how the team crumbled after taking the advantage in the game that wasn’t a contest till the later part of the second stanza.

Masa deliberated to our media team in a pre-match interview with the benefit of hindsight since he was on the touchline, with his senior currently away on sick leave.

“It is always disappointing to see us lose a good advantage in the game because of mistakes at the back. It happened against Arua Hill and it continued to happen against BUL, we need to improve,” Masa highlighted.

“We need to approach the game against Tooro with a lot of hunger and intent, the intention is clear from the boys that we need three points from the game.”

“To achieve that, the boys need to defend as a unit and we also need to be more clear with how we defend. We honestly need to be more assertive as well in order to kill off the game.”

Saidi Kyeyune seemed to agree with the coach regarding the team’s need to improve the defending but also emphasized their need to kill off games when they are in control.

“Our problem initially was starting slow but going by our last two games in the league, that has improved, we need to see off games now. We need to start scoring the knockout punch in games now,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, Masa’s team will be hoping to capitalize on the fact that Tooro United are on a three-game losing streak and struggling to find confidence. This might just be the game to wake up and register the points on board.

What You Ought To Know

In the last five encounters between the two sides, the Tax Collectors haven’t registered a single win against Edward Golola’s side.

Actually, Tooro United have won twice and the three games ended as statements. The last time the two sides met was in 2020, in a league fixture that ended as a 1-1 draw.

Team News

All the players in the team will be available apart from our custodian Nafian Alionzi who is out with a groin injury along with Najib Fesali and Jackson Nunda who are both sidelined with right knee injuries.