PREVIEW: URA FC vs BUL FC

Patrick Fred Ochieng

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

Sam Timbe’s URA FC return to league action this Saturday, November 20th, slated to host Jinja side BUL FC at the Arena of Visions, Ndejje in what will be matchday six of the 2021/22 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.

For the Tax Collectors though, the game will serve as matchday three having missed out on a litany of fixtures courtesy of our continental engagements in the CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round.

The encounter will also present Timbe’s side with an opportunity to make amends for the debacle in our last league fixture in Arua, at the Barifa Playground against the then hosts Arua Hill SC.

The Taxmen surrendered a two-goal advantage and let their adversary resurrect from the dead, ultimately winning the game 3-2 and completing an unlikely comeback.

That particular result has since been close to Timbe’s heart and making amends for the outcome has been a priority to him along with his technical team during the training sessions. He reiterated this during his pre-match interview;

“The result in Arua wasn’t good for us and most certainly was a damage to our morale as a team but we have been working behind the clock to put it right,” Timbe told URA FC media.

“The boys seem ready to make amends against BUL and our priority as a team will be going for all three points at home. We have the quality to do it and the boys have put in the necessary work.”

“I am aware of the threat that the opponent comes with, they are a hard team to beat and I am sure they will give us a run for our money but if our ambitions are to win something this season, we must be able to appear in such games,” he summed.

Indeed, Alex Isabirye’s BUL FC has been a hard nut to crack. They have won three of their opening four fixtures of the season and lost just once against the defending champions Express FC.

They are a team in form and will surely get into the game with hope to add to their recent wins against both Onduparaka FC and Mbarara City FC but also aiming to consolidate their position in the top four of the table.

Meanwhile, Timbe will be hoping that his side’s display against the same opponent over two legs in the previous season will count for something, in a fixture that promises to bring more than just excitement and fun.

The Tax Collectors won the home fixture 3-1 with strikes from Brian Majwega, Shafik Kagimu and Cromwel Rwothomio respectively before Steven Mukwala decided to take matters into his own hands and scored twice to win the reverse fixture for URA.

What You Ought To Know

In the last five encounters between both sides, URA has won three and lost none, the two draws came during 2018 and early in 2019.

The Tax Collectors have won three successive fixtures against the same opponent and this was climaxed by a double against the same opponent last year.