Nyakoojo counts URA still in for the UPL title

By Baron Kironde

URA FC defender Benjamin Nyakoojo is optimistic that his team can still win the 2021 StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) title despite falling to second position on the table.

Nyakoojo is cheery that after 26 matches, the Tax Collectors are still with a commendable chance of winning their first title since 2011. 

Until game week 25, Sam Ssimbwa’s men lead the way in the title race, but a shocking 1-0 defeat against relegation strugglers Kyetume FC at Nakisunga saw them relinquish top spot to Express FC.  

URA is second on 57 points, only one less than table leaders Express FC (58), and a point ahead of third-placed Vipers in a gruelling title race.

“We had a very forgettable evening in Mukono (against Kyetume), but the boys are positive and focussed, and now we just want to win our remaining games,” Nyakoojo told Football256.

“Our defence has developed a perpetual partnership over the past three years. Now I know how to play with Patrick Mbowa and how I can approach the game with Hudu Mulikyi.” 

“Games are won by goals. If we score more, we win, and if we let in more, we lose. We plan to try and score without conceding, so our full-backs move forward every time, and we have to give them total cover,” he added. 

URA has conceded 18 goals this season, the second least times in the league, bettered by only Express, who have conceded 13 goals.

With Nyyakojo and others keeping it tight at the back, it has provided a platform for their forwards Steven Mukwala, captain Shafik Kagimu, and Cromwell Rwothomio.  The trio has contributed 32 goals of URA’s 42 goals this season. 

The UPL is on hold for the next two weeks to allow space for the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinals to be played.

With four games to go, URA has another chance to go top again, when they travel to Busoga United in Jinja on June 19, the same day Vipers host Onduparaka at Kitende. Leaders Express play a day later when they travel away to play Wakiso Giants on June 20.

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