December 9, 2021

URA will win title if they stop conceding for fun

By Baron Kironde
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URA players celebrate one of their two goals against Ethiopia Coffee at Kitende / Sanyuka TV Image

URA FC have so far had a hard to rate performance in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season, balancing between impressive and poor results.

After narrowly and unluckily losing out on the league title last term, the Tax Collectors declared that this season would surely be theirs.

At this point, it is tempting to rule the Taxmen out of the title race already, given their sloppy start to the season in which they have easily or rather recklessly given away points to Arua Hill and BUL FC.

Considering so many other positive factors, however, it is even more logical to make a case for URA to win the league title this season.

URA can’t stop scoring

Strange but true, URA with the fewest games (four like SC Villa) have scored the most goals so far 13, which is more than teams that have played one or two games more.

Of course, throughout the season, the Tax Collectors will not find such a hard time finding the back of the net, they have the requisite weaponry for that particular job.

URA have two of their main strikers leading the top scorers’ list, Steven Mukwala is topping the chart with five goals, four of which he scored, all against Tooro.

Meanwhile, Cromwell Rwothomio on the list is immediately next to his URA striking partner, tied on four goals with Vipers’ Yunus Sentamu and Wakiso Giants’ Titus Ssematimba.

URA have goals coming in from every angle, mostly from the midfield going forward. In the Tooro game, their goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo directly assisted Joackiam Ojera to score.

Skipper Shafik Kagimu, new signings Living Kabon and Vianne Ssekajugo have all netted for URA so far as the Tax Collectors have scored directly from set pieces, and in open play.

In each one of their four games so far, URA have scored more than a goal, singularly two or more. They won 3-2 and 6-1 over UPDF and Tooro respectively, while they lost 3-2 to Arua Hill and drew 2-2 with BUL.

The bottom line is URA score a lot, and that will win them so many games throughout the season.

Only better defending will bring URA closer to the title

URA is amongst the three sides (besides KCCA and Vipers) tipped early as favourites to clinch the 2021/22 league title.

So, as expected of URA, making the case for them is less about what has to go right, the concern is more about what can go wrong on their side.

There is one thing that can not keep on happening if the Tax Collectors are going to deliver on their favourite status and win the League title, that is letting in goals easily.

Twice this season so far, things have gone astray for URA, they have in two games led 2-0 before conceding three to lose against Arua Hill and letting in two to settle for a point off BUL.

URA took only one, from a potential six points that would have already made a big difference for them, plus the five points given away to their seven, URA would be on twelve now.

URA have after just four games already conceded eight goals, averaging two per match. Not acceptable for a title-chasing side.

When the Taxmen came so close to winning the league title last season, they were so compact at the back they conceded only 13 times the entire term.

Fellow serious title contenders KCCA and Vipers have only conceded three goals each in six and five goals respectively.

On average, that is only half a goal a match, or just a goal in every two games for table leaders KCCA.

KCCA and Vipers first choice goalkeepers Benjamin Ochan and Fabien Mutombora have kept three clean sheets each to that cause.

Meanwhile, in four games, URA have used three of their four goalkeepers, and they have all failed to keep a single clean sheet.

Nafian Alionzi conceded two against UPDF, James Alitho twice conceded two, against Arua Hill and BUL, whereas Ssebwalunyo lately let in one against Tooro.

Now that is the area URA need to fix as soon as possible, and they can favourably contend for the league title this season.

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