URA FC head coach David Obua has expressed discontentment with how his team is conceding a lot of goals for his liking.
On Sunday, Ibrahim Dada and Joseph Ssemujju’s hat-trick gave URA a 4-1 win against struggling Arua Hill, and the coach was not happy that Safi was given space to score as the Tax Collectors conceeded at home as early as the fifth minute, despite eventually emerging victorious.
“We started the game very poorly. I’m still trying to figure out how we can stop conceeding all these sloppy goals,” Obua said.
“We’re being too careless with the ball, we’re losing the ball cheaply where we’re not supposed to, and it’s very dangerous.”
“If you keep losing the ball cheaply like that in the style we’re playing, you concede. Against better teams that can exploit such situations, we get punished.”
“However the boys are fighting, I like their character,” Obua added, generally grateful that all the three points were kept at home.
Obua has now managed five of URA’s eleven games this season, and he has collected seven points of the possible 15, conceeding atleast a goal in each one of all the Tax Collectors’ last five fixtures in the process!
Obua started with a 2-2 draw with Kitara before losing 2-0 to Vipers, winning 2-1 against Express, lost 2-0 to NEC and lastly registered a 4-1 win against Arua Hill.
Where there’s James Alitho, Rodgers Omedwa and Denis Otim, it’s always Otim who Obua has trusted the most in goal, until against Arua Hill when Omedwa was lined to start against his former paymasters. Alitho, returning from a long-term injury is yet to get his chance.
About the qualities of a goalkeeper the coach prefers, he clearly stated that a ball-playing custodian (who’s so comfortable with using the ball with his feet as with his hands) is a great compliment to his system in which he hopes to build play from the back.
“The other (opponent’s) goalkeeper can’t leave his post in the other half to come and mark our goalkeeper this side, so when our goalkeeper keeps the ball (to invite pressure from the other side), we gain numerical advantage and get spaces inside to play in.
Obua has some days until URA’s next fixture towards the Christmas break to try and rectify the ‘small problem’ in his defence that’s otherwise ruining his rather commendable ‘tiki-taka’ style of play.
The Tax Collectors will visit Busoga United in Jinja on Thursday, December 21.
The Sunday result sent URA to seventh position on the table of 16 teams, with 16 points from eleven games – ten points off the top and eight points above the red line.