It has taken close to six years since URA FC was mentioned in the same statement with continental football. That’s in 2015, to be precise and exact.
However, that narrative grounded to halt after the Custodians of local football gave a nod to the Tax Collectors to represent Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup after the league season ended prematurely in July. Thanks to their respectable performances in the 2020-2021 UPL league season that saw them finish second just a point shy of evetuntal champions Express FC.
And the club has retaliated to their third return to the contingent by an aggressive approach to the off-season transfer window with the aim assembling an all-conquering team.
The future of now departed coach Sam Ssimbwa consumed most valuable time of the club’s transfer business, but once the saga was settled with a parting of ways, the club are in the midst of a busy transfer spell.
The side aim to compete on all fronts with one eye on Local competitions while the other on the demanding confines of continental engagements.
It will take a brave or foolhardy person to talk URA FC hoisting the CAF Confederation cup in a banter, but a deep run in the Africa’s second coveted competition, a fairly tale of sorts, is imaginable.
Putting house in order
The club top brass found it ideal to appoint former player Simeone Masaba as interim head coach to replace eccentric Sam Ssimbwa.
Masaba has stated that he has the impetus to steer the club forward as they seek to raise from their slumber.
However, the appointment of the former Uganda Cranes right back has not stopped the team’s search for a new a top coach. Peter Onen’s name has sprung up as a possible replacement but nothing concrete has materialised.
With the tie against Ethiopia Coffee FC in the first fixture of the tournament’s preliminary round fast approaching, Masaba will certainly call the shots in the URA FC dug out for a foreseeable future.
The club has also fared well in the realms of player recruitment.
They have already added versitle left winger Derrick Ndahiro from SC Villa as well as signing playmaker Kabon Living, who joined from Onduparaka FC.
The return of former starlwarts in Saidi Kyeyune and goal keeper James Alitho have been headlining acquisitions as the duo will add poise, experience and guile to the squad.
Defensive linchpin Paul Mbowa has been tied down to a new contract while Shafik Kagimu and Steven Mukwala are expected to stay put.
Andriot attacker Vianne Ssekajugo is the club’s latest big name signing from Wakiso Giants. The former Onduparaka FC player was unveiled this week.
Ssekajugo brings options to the team with niggling injuries coutnuing to take it’s toll on forward Cromwell Rothomio.
The prospect of playing the trident of Viane Sekajugo, Kabon Living and Steven Mukwala upfront with Shafik Kagimu and Saidi Kyeyune playing the supporting cast is mouthwatering. Be aware URA FC’s opponents.
The side will battle it out with Ethiopian Coffee FC with the former to host the first game between 10-12 September before travelling to Ethiopia for a return leg slated for September 17-19.
In the event that the Ugandan club navigates past the Ethiopian opponents, Egyptian side Al Masry is lurking in the second round with the ultimate prize of playing in the group stages.
After making their continental debut in 2006 , The Tax collectors retuned to the tournament in 2015 eliminating Madagascar side ASSM Elgeco Plus in the preliminary stage before falling to South African giants Orlando Pirates in the playoffs round qualifers.