Half Season Report Card: Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club

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Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) have been the dark horses for almost a decade in the UPL. They have been on the sidelines of title contests mostly between KCCA FC and Vipers SC in the last nine campaigns. 

URA FC has won the UPL on 4 previous occasions. The last time the tax collectors won the league was at the end of the 2010/2011 season.  Also, to note is that their current team manager Sam Ssimbwa last lifted the league trophy in 2012 as manager of Express FC.

If the first half of this season is anything to go by, both URA FC and Manager Sam Simbwa have reason to dream. They have made the first 16 games of the UPL look different for the most recent previous seasons. They seemed to have found the portion to eclipse the ping pong of the KCCA FC and Vipers SC dominance.

The tax collectors started the season on a low drawing both their opening two league matches to Mbarara city and Bright Stars. However, after their 2 : 1 home win against record champions SC Villa, they seem to be in the business of getting what they levy. 

There are now even signs that URA FC could finally end their ten-year long league title drought if they continue with their current momentum into the second half of the season.

The four times league champions have only lost to Express FC so far with 11 wins: the highest in the division so far. They have drawn only 3 games and managed to keep 7 clean sheets during the half season. The tax collectors also hold an impressive away record of 7 wins out 8 games. 

Signs of a champion?

Transfer window:

Again, unlike in the previous seasons, URA FC have really not been busy in the market. They did not sign many players this season as has been their habit. They only managed to bring in 5 key players in Davis Ssali, Arafat Galiwango, Brian Nkuubi, Stephen Mukwala and Jackson Nunda.

Out of these 5, Mukwala has been the most influential. He has  picked up scoring form from where he left last season with relegated Maroons FC.

Goal poaching department:

For any team that wants to win a league title, having a lethal striker is a must. URA FC is doing exactly that. New signing Steven Mukwala has been reliable. He is looking set to retain the Golden boot he earned last season. He already has 9 goals to his name this season, 4 short of the tally he managed last season.

With Cromwell Rwothomio who missed the opening five games returning to the team with a bang. He scored a hattrick  in the game against MYDA FC and has 5 goals so far, 

URA is covered in the goal manufacturing area.

Solidity in defence:

Benjamin Nyakoojo is finally establishing himself as a dependable man in URA FC backline. He has started all the games this season. He has been arguably one of the best defenders in the league this season, and his partnership at back with Paul Mbowa has helped URA put the loss of Saidi Kyeyune to El Merreikh a distant memory away.

Final Report Comment: URA is sitting top of the UPL table on 36 points. The tax collecting outfit looks like they can keep up the momentum and finally end their 10 years trophy drought. Sam Ssimbwa is running down his contract at the end of the season and will like to do his best. And he may just do it.

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