December 9, 2021

Title chasing URA face tough Arua Hill test

By Baron Kironde
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URA striker Cromwell Rwothomio celebrates one of his two goals against UDPF in their first game of the season / URA Image

New StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) entrants Arua Hill will host URA FC at the Barifa Stadium in Arua for the first ever match between the two sides.

The game is slated for Tuesday, November, 2, and the Tax Collectors are already residents in Arua as they prepare for the tie in search of their second straight win of the season.

URA did not make the long trip to Arua just to play their second game of the season – which is also their first away from home, but they are on a season-long mission to clinch the league title.

Currently, 12th on the 16 team log, URA have to collect enough points if they want to catch KCCA and Vipers who are on twelve and seven points in the first and second positions on the table respectively.

“This is a new chapter, we are fully focused on winning the league and it starts with concentration towards every game,” URA captain Kagimu told Football256

Last season, URA accumulated 57 points in 26 games, but could only come second, behind Express as they fell short of the league title by just a single point.

The Tax Collectors have started their season well so far, collecting maximum points from the only game they have played this season.

A 3-1 win against UPDF in which Cromwell Rwothomio bagged a brace as new signing Vianne Ssekajugo scored his first league goal for URA.

Arua Hill have registered mixed results over the only three games they have played in the UPL so far, an opening 2-0 win against defending champions Express at Wankulukuku.

Then a goalless draw against Arua rivals Onduparaka at the Barifa Stadium, and lately a 2-1 loss away to Mbarara City.

Following events in Arua Hill’s first home game that ended 0-0 against Onduparaka, FUFA cautioned the club to play their next home game behind closed doors, on top of a fine they paid.

The so much anticipated Arua derby was halted for close to ten minutes, only a few after kick-off when the internal perimeter fencing collapsed with the help of overcrowding fans.

The Tuesday game, therefore, as directed by FUFA shall be played behind closed doors, and Arua Hill have also to that cause requested their fans to comply and follow all the regulations to avoid further penalties.

URA are targeting the league title, and Arua Hill want to do all it takes to at least remain in the top division of Ugandan football. They both therefore badly want to win this game.

As the Tax Collectors travel to the Barifa jungle in search of three points, they will find the Leopard hungry for the same, and it is set to be a thrilling encounter.

Will URA tax Arua Hill on the road, or can the wounded Leopards of the Kongolo family devour the Taxmen?

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