What URA FC take to the preliminary rounds of the CAF Confederations Cup

Patrick Fred Ochieng

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

URA FC learnt their fate in the CAF Confederations Cup following the outcome of a draw that was held at CAF offices in Cairo Egypt on Friday, August 13th 2021.

The result of the draw throws us in the path of 2020/2021 Ethiopian Premier League runners-up Ethiopian Coffee FC in the first fixture of the tournament’s preliminary round.

This particular fixture will be played over two legs with the Tax Collectors set to host the first game between September (10-12th) before travelling to Ethiopia for the return leg scheduled for September (17-19th).

In the event that URA successfully negotiates the tie, Egyptian side Al Masry will be waiting at the second round of the preliminary rounds before the club gets to harbour any hopes of playing at the group stages.

That withstanding, this will be the third appearance at the CAF Confederations Cup since making our debut in 2006. To our dismay, however, we were ousted by Sudanese side Al-Merrikh at the round of 32.

The 2015 season on the other hand produced a better adventure for us on the continent as we eliminated Madagascar side ASSM Elgeco Plus in the first fixture of the preliminary rounds.

The joy was however short-lived as South African side Orlando Pirates ejected us in the second round of the preliminaries, thereby killing a dream to take part in the group stages.

Many things have indeed changed since 2015, most notably is the new look URA side with a lot of young and industrious talent mixed with a clear blend of experienced players to create chemistry.

The core of the team has been maintained with Patrick Mbowa signing a new contract and new arrivals at the club to beef up our squad in preparations for this challenge.

The take-home however is the fact that we shall have our interim head coach Simoen Masaba take charge of the team during this much-anticipated adventure.

We wish the head coach and the entire team a good outing on the continent.