Shafik Kagimu and Saidi Kyeyune enjoyed a five-year midfield partnership at URA FC until the latter moved on to join Sudanese giants El Merriekh in January 2021.
It was a remarkable duo, and during their time together, Kyeyune would play in a more advanced position given that he was more creative than Kagimu.
But after Kyeyune leaving, five games into the 2020/21 season a lot changed within the Tax Collectors’ midfield, with head coach Sam Ssimbwa trying to replace the former with what remained in his armory.
Ssimbwa resorted to pushing Kagimu into a more advanced role on the left of a midfield diamond which has seen the likes of Ivan Sserubiri, Moses Sseruyidde, and Julius Mutyaba involved as well.
Since then, the club’s captain has been in imperious form, pulling strings at the heart of URA’s creativity. And while he is more known for dictating play rather than scoring, on top of assisting, Kagimu has also added goals to his game as well; scoring nine times already this season.
“The gaffer started pushing me further upfront after my then-midfield partner Saidi Kyeyune went away, he told me how the team was now short on creativity, and I was to chip in,” Kagimu told Daily Monitor.
Until Matchday 25, when they shockingly lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Kyetume, URA were leaders of the Uganda Premier League log hunting for their fifth league title and first since 2011.
With four games to go until the end of the season, Ssimbwa’s charges now lie second on 57 points, one adrift of the top of the table side Express FC (58), and it is players like Kagimu who should keep their heads up if the revenue collectors are to turn things around.
The league takes a short break to accommodate the Uganda Cup quarter-finals, and with URA out already, they will return to action on June 19 with a visit to Busoga United in the UPL.