For a second successive season, URA FC will host their home games (both in the league and the Uganda Cup) at Ndejje University’s Arena of Visions as confirmed by the club.
It will also mark the third season since the Tax Collectors departed the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in the year 2019. A facility that has for close to a year and a half turned into a Covid-19 rehabilitation centre.
Football256 understands that URA had initially harboured plans of returning to Lugazi (where they were before moving to Namboole) but settled for a facility with which they have familiarized recently.
Besides the long distance from Kampala-the central business district that cuts off so many fans and how tiresome the journey has so often proved to be, the club seem to have worked their way around loving the venue.
The players themselves seem to have found comfort in Ndejje while the management maintain that the ease with which they access the venue is convenient compared to Namboole Stadium that had a congested schedule.
Their opening game at the venue since considering it as an option on January 7, 2020, showcased that they were indeed destined to make their stay count, the Tax Collectors beat SC Villa 2-0 thanks to goals from Michael Birungi and Daniel Opolot Isiagi.
Their record at the grounds is indeed special because, over the past two seasons, URA have only lost two games, averaging a single loss in each of the last two campaigns since the 2019/20 season.
Both defeats came with an identical goal margin from Police FC and reigning league champions Express FC, who subjected them to 2-1 and 1-0 losses in March 2020 and February 2021 respectively.
They also have a good record against the transitional big teams in the league, especially KCCA FC who are yet to get a win off them in Ndejje. Last season alone, they beat SC Villa, Vipers SC and KCCA while at the Arena.
Much as they came short and missed out on league glory by a whisker, URA had an impeccable home record, avoiding defeat in 12 of the 13 games played at home. They won ten, drew two and lost just once.
The Tax Collectors will be looking at picking themselves up from the misgivings of the previous season so as to surmount a title charge more aggressive and equally ferocious in order to display Wankulukuku’s Express FC.
Their home record is a good starting place, upgrading it to an unbeaten run status might just prove as a catalyst. It will also take the new technical management headed by Simeon Masa being more hands on.
Meanwhile, URA’s first home game will be on Friday, 29th October 2021 against UPDF, before they get to host BUL FC on Saturday, November 20.