URA FC’s new signing James Begisa has pointed out ‘lack of luck’ as the reason why the Tax Collectors have not won at least one StarTimes Uganda Premier League title in the past three seasons.
Begisa was unveiled on Wednesday after signing a two-year contract with URA from UPDF FC becoming the club’s second signing after George Ssenkaaba who was acquired from Express FC.
“I feel like they (URA) have been a bit unlucky over the past two to three years not to win the trophy but they always come out strong every season.”
“Hopefully, we can win trophies next season together,” Begisa was quoted saying by the club website.
Giants KCCA FC and Vipers SC were heavily battling for the Uganda Cranes defender before URA came in and pipped them to the deal.
“I chose URA FC because I believe it is the club that has the playing style that I can fit in. I am also happy to join the club because it has senior players who I know will help push me to learn more and improve my game.”
“Every player would wish to play for such a club as URA because it has won trophies and is one of the top clubs in the country,” Begisa noted.
Begisa comes in as a replacement for Ashraf Mandela who left the club following the expiry of his contract at the end of the season and has since rejoined Vipers.
During the preceding season, Sam Timbe’s charges finished third on the 16-team SUPL log with 55 points, 19 points behind eventual champions Vipers SC who gathered 74 points.
It is in the 2020/21 campaign that they were close having finished second with 57 points, one adrift of winners Express FC.
Express had 58 points when the league was abandoned with four games to go due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the 2019/20 term, URA came fifth with 40 points, 14 points behind Vipers who had 54 points and were declared champions with five games to spare in yet another cancelled season due to COVID 19.
Several top teams were interested in acquiring the service of Begisa but the right-back has ended up at the Arena of Visions in Ndejje.