Uganda Revenue Authority’s new Commissioner General John Musinguzi has disclosed that the authority is ‘fully prepared to support the club’s sustained development’.
Musinguzi who was named as URA’s Commissioner replacing Doris Akol, visited the team’s training base at Gayaza for the first time since his appointment in March 2020.
Speaking after he was given an introduction of all the members of the technical staff headed by coach Sam Ssimbwa and the first team, Musinguzi said that he welcomed ideas for the sustained development of the club.
“I have heard about this winning team for so many years and it’s a team which brings joy and glory to us as an organization,” Musinguzi said while speaking during his speech.
“We welcome ideas for development of a sustainable football program. Issues have been raised by the board and I assure you that we will do everything we can to achieve our dreams,” he added.
Musinguzi commended the club’s secretariat headed by Chief Executive Henry Mayeku for keeping the club in order, before promising that he will make sure that the issues raised by the club’s board are handled.
Top of the issues raised included the need to handled is the building of the club’s own home ground. The Tax Collectors announced plans to build their own stadium in 2014, but since then, they have been mere promises.
A 10-acre site was procured by the club in Bugema, Luweero district with plans of a projected 25,000-capacity stadium launched which have gained no momentum since.
“There is a need to have a home of our own and I believe there are many supporters that we can knock through the door and they support us in this great noble thing,” Musinguzi stated.
“But I also want to appreciate the fact that I have found you a very organized structured team and that is a critical block in building success because we cannot move this game to another level when we are not organized.”
Musinguzi said: “Since now we have a patron who loves football, I am very keen on supporting football especially homegrown football but particularly in a club where I happen to be patron.”
“So, let us take this game to another level, let us grow those players but also have an organized way of selling them to those who want to take finished products so that we earn because football is not just game but a game which has the capacity to create wealth and transform lives.”
URA FC was founded in 1997 as Lyantonde FC, but URA bought a controlling stake in the club in 2000 and went on to gain promotion to Uganda’s top flight in 2002.
The club went on to win four league titles in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011, but have since fallen off the pace as a fifth title has remained elusive.
URA who have also won the Uganda Cup three times have not won any major trophy since their 2014 Uganda Cup triumph.
The Tax Collectors have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the new season, winning three of their opening five league games, drawing the other two.
They currently lie second a point behind leaders UPDF FC after five games.