The Uganda Premier League championship has evaded URA FC for the past 11 seasons, and while it’s clear they will fight to grab it this season, head coach Sam Timbe is relaxed on making it public knowledge.
The Tax Collectors have managed top three finishes in the last two seasons, making second and third in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 campaigns respectively.
Timbe, a calm presence on and off the pitch, made it clear the team will only take one game at a time, with their first against Onduparaka FC on Saturday at the Nakisunga Saza Grounds.
“We will know the targets as the season goes on but, our bosses expect a lot from us,” Timbe was quoted by the media.
“We are focused on tomorrow’s game and we have prepared well for opponents. We are positive of picking pleasant results.”
URA’s captain Shafik Kagimu, reiterated his gaffer’s words, asserting the team is well fueled to pick the Saturday victory.
“We have prepared for over two months for this moment, the team is ready to give the game a good go for a win.”
The Taxmen lost several stars in Ashraf Mandela, Steven Mukwala, Cromwell Rwothomio, and Ivan Sserubiri among others, but were able to make several acquisitions too.
They signed Salim Abdallah, James Begisa Derrick Nsibambi, and Eric Ssenjobe among others, and, Timbe is optimistic the new lot are great additions.
“I am confident the new players will help us get the right results as they are really good players, and have shown it,” noted Timbe.
Kagimu added to his Manager’s comments: “The new players are all really good signings and it’s why management brought them in. We hope they can help us arrive at our targets.”
Saturday’s game provides a great opportunity for URA to open the season with the much-needed three points.
They picked four points off the Caterpillars last season with the first leg ending 1-1, while the second had URA win 2-1.
The two sides have met 11 times in the league, with tomorrow’s hosts taking Lion’s share of victories. They won six, lost once, and drew four times.