URA FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa hailed a ‘statement victory’ for the Tax Collectors after KCCA were beaten 2-0 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday.
The rather one-sided affair at the Arena of Visions in Bombo was decided by Joachim Ojera and Shafik Kagimu’s second-half goals as URA completed a double over KCCA for the first time in over a decade.
Ssimbwa’s side came into the tie with just one victory in their last three games in all competitions but turned on the style against their rivals to extend their unbeaten run over them to five games now.
And Ssimbwa could not hide his delight at the final whistle – this time there was no punch in the air though – insisting that his side had pulled off a perfect execution of their game plan.
“I think we were brilliant; very sharp, with the right attitude and intent. I think we did over 75% of the things we set out to do very well,” Ssimbwa said.
“We created the better chances by far and while we did not score as many but I take the two goals and the clean sheet against such opponents who you know are going to be tough,” he added.
While both sides struggled to hold a scruff of the game in the opening 45 minutes, the Tax Collectors were as dominant in the second half and could have had more.
But Ojera and Kagimu who were both deployed as the focal points in attack behind the two strikers provided the match winning moments another positive to take home for Ssimbwa.
“It gives me special delight and it is good for them as well because we keep on emphasizing the need for them to get into such spaces,” Ssimbwa noted.
Ojera put URA in a deserved lead in the 54th minute as he pounced onto Brian Majweega’s deep cross at the far post for his first goal of the season.
Kagimu doubled the Tax Collectors’ lead in the 66th minute with a collectors goal from a swift counter attack that saw Mukwala tee him up to slot into the bottom corner.
Ssimbwa’s men are still locked in a tight battle at the top, they are level with champions Vipers on 36 points with 13 games to go. Vipers’ 4-0 victory over Busoga United on the day ensured they stay top on goal difference.
KCCA who suffered their first defeat under care-taker manager Morley Byekwaso stay fourth on the log as the gap behind the leaders now open up to nine points with 13 games to go.
KCCA play rivals SC Villa in the Kampala derby on Sunday while URA host BUL Bidco FC on Saturday.