There is a very big difference between the players URA FC signed and those that left the club during the transfer window.
URA lost a host of top first-team players and replacing them was always going to be difficult, but, Eric Ssenjobe is a significant catch in addition to a few more relatively good signings that were made, initially.
Ssenjobe was announced on a two-year contract after the exchange market had closed but no problem, as he was a free agent following the expiry of his contract with the relegated Police FC.
The former KCCA defender joins Derrick Nsibambi, James Begisa, George Ssenkaaba, and Salim Abdallah as the players the Tax Collectors will rely on to form somehow a new team.
Goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa, teenagers Patrick Matovu, Justin Opiro, Ronald Andabati, and Michael Lubowa were also signed.
The above names will be blended with the senior players that remained behind the likes of captain Shafiq Kagimu, his deputy Saidi Kyeyune, Patrick Mbowa, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Viane Ssekajugo, and Joachim Ojera among others.
But, the loss of the striking partnership of Steven Mukwala and Cromwell Rwothomio, defender Ashraf Mandela, and midfielders Ivan Sserubiri and Moses Sseruyidde was a major blow to the Nakawa-based outfit.
Brian Nkuubi, Arafat Galiwango, Davis Ssali, and Mikidad Ssenyonga are the other players that left the club.
No doubt, Ssenjobe and Begisa will step in, in defence, Abdallah in midfield as well while Nsibambi and Ssenkaaba will search for the goals but there is urgency in them making things happen immediately regarding the club’s ambitions.
There may be a big gap between Vipers SC and KCCA FC and then URA but in recent years the latter has shown that it can compete in the top positions.
In the last four seasons, their worst position in the Uganda Premier League has been fourth, a place they finished in during the 2019/20 season.
They will begin their 2022/23 campaign with a home fixture against Onduparaka FC on Saturday, October 1.