It is only the start of yet another spellbinding saga of the SUPL that is tipped to not only be fascinating but also wonder exhibiting, but one can already read between the lines and shape the right narrative of how the league will go.
URA FC is no stranger to the unpredictability of the league. This in its entirety speaks volumes of the enormous challenges that are to come. As they did in full swing today Friday 4/12/2020.
Our opening game of the new StarTimes Uganda Premier League season saw us travel West of the country and enjoy a privileged welcome from our hosts Mbarara City FC at the Kakyeka Stadium.
It was a drab day like any other as accustomed to by Ugandans from that side of the country. The hospitality was good but maybe only because of the absence of fans due to the Covid19 pandemic.
The game itself on the other hand brought a lot of surprises but mostly characterized by lack of sharpness and agility from both sides.
In the URA FC perspective though, it wasn’t the desired start our fans had anticipated. Sam Simbwa named a starting team granting three new players their debuts. These were last seasons SUPL golden boot winner, Steven Mukwala, Katongole Faruk and Ashraf Galiwango.
We had a slow start to the game that saw us concede possession to the hosts which they were looking to capitalize on greatly but to the proactive and reactive counter efforts of our custodian Nafian Aliyonzi.
The hosts had three shots on target in the first 22 minutes of the game with a missed penalty from Bashir Mutanda forcing the gaffer into a change with Moses Sseruyidde coming on as a replacement to debutant Faruk Katongole in the 24th minute.
No sooner had he entered the pitch than talisman Steven Mukwala found the back of the net with our first shot on target. This goes a long way to ascertain his accuracy and criticality in front of goal.
With that strike, URA FC maintained the hosts at bay and saw out the first episode of the game leading with a singular goal.
The second half was more of a reactive half from us. A decimal performance as we allowed the hosts back in the game with an equalizer form Jude Semugabi in the 81st minute.
The tale of the second episode was simply one of missed chances and tactical switch from the gaffer as Majwega Brian and Kigongo Ronald came on for Micheal Birungi and Ivan Ntege respectively.
Something to write home about though from the URA FC perspective has to be the hard-working and effortless Mukwala who single-handedly got all our shots on target.
The future is bright for him at URA FC as he looks to maintain the golden boot as top goalscorer for a second season running. He is in perfect shape and so are his teammates.
We look to correct this misgiving quick enough come Tuesday 8/12/2020 as we host Solitiro Bright Stars at the Arena of Visions, Bombo – Ndejje Unversity.