Uganda Cup Round of 32
Mbarara City FC 0-1 URA FC
Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
URA FC overcame a spirited Mbarara City side 1-0 on Friday at Kakyeka to storm the Uganda Cup round of 16.
After a goalless draw in the first leg, it was always going to be a tricky game for the Tax Collectors.
Without sick striker Cromwel Rwothomio, URA started Dada Ibrahim upfront to partner Uganda Premier League top scorer Steven Mukwala.
The two tried to link up but could just not get the better of an organized Mbarara City back-line and the goal would come from the unlikeliest of sources.
Brian Majwega who has been converted to left-back at his time in URA colours netted what proved to be the winner at the half hour mark.
The victory means URA wins the tie 1-0 on aggregate and will wait to know who they play in the next round.
This is the first victory for URA against Mbarara having drawn on all of their past seven meetings prior to Friday.
Speaking after the game, URA head coach Sam Simbwa was full of praise for his players but was critical of the pitch at Kakyeka.
“Today the character was superb, they (players) were determined and the attitude was also right and that is why we have won this game. Said Simbwa.
“Mbarara is our bogey side, they are stubborn to us and they really came to beat us but the boys followed the instructions although the ground was not favouring us because it is bumpy but we have tried our level best and have won the game.”
URA left the game with a major concern as Ivan Sserubiri was substituted with what looked like a serious injury.
The Tax Collectors are already without Benjamin Nyakoojo, Ashraf Mandela, Rwothomio and long-term absentees.
Sitting joint top of the standings in the league, Simbwa concedes the ever-growing list of injured players is worrying.
“We do not need anymore injuries as we chase for a title this season.
“We are not blessed like our opponents Vipers SC and KCCA FC who have up to 40 players so we need to hope those injured return soon and also not to suffer more injuries.”
URA will return to action on Tuesday, April 13 with a league game at home to KCCA FC.
For Mbarara, they also return to league action on the same day at home to MYDA FC.
How both teams started
Mbarara City FC
Marvin Elungat (GK), Steven Othieno, Ronald Otti, Karim Ramathan, Hilary Mukundane, Pistis Barenge, Bebe Swalik, Ivan Etam, Jude Ssemugabi, Henry Kitegenyi, John Adriko.
Alionzi Nafian (GK), Ronald Kigongo, Brian Majwega, Patrick Mbowa, Faruku Katongole, Ivan Sserubiri Julius Mutyaba, Joackim Ojera, Shafiq Kagimu, Ibrahim Dada, Steven Mukwala.