CAF Confederation Cup: URA Eliminated

Two second half goals by the visitors saw tax collectors Uganda Revenue Authority’s chances of proceeding to the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup come to an end after being held to a draw by South Africa’s Orlando Pirates.

The home side took the lead throughout the first half, buy this site thanks to the 36th minute strike from Yasser Mugerwa that went past Buccaneers shot stopper Brighton Mhlongo straight to the top right corner and sending the fans into frenzy.

Goal scorer Yasser Mugerwa in action against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Goal scorer Yasser Mugerwa in action against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

URA had a few more chances but only to be wasted by their boys including Patrick Ochan and Said Kyeyune.

Immediately after recess, try the visitors capitalised on a loose marking error by the tax collectors’ defence for   Mpha Makola restored parity before skipper Oupa Manyisa scored the second for the South African to take lead at Mandela National Stadium Namboole on Saturday evening.

URA skipper Simon Masaba was left  dazzled.
URA skipper Simon Masaba was left dazzled.

The tax collectors however fought back as they created many chances thanks to Simon Masaba and Yasser Mugerwa who were at their peak and their efforts later paid off as Frank Kalanda scored the equaliser in added time but this was not enough for the home side to go through to the next round with the game ending 4-3 on aggregate in favour of the visitors.

It was clearly evident that the home side who created a lot of chances only to be wasted by their forwards missed the services of their top marksman Robert Ssentongo who was shown marching orders during their game with Madagascan side Elgeco Plus.

URA's Patrick Ochan in action on Saturday.
URA’s Patrick Ochan in action on Saturday.

In an interview with Chimp Sport, the visitors’ Serbian tactician Vladimir Vermezovic said that his boys didn’t play well in the first half but noted that things changed after the break.

“I talked to them at half time and they responded well. However we hadknown them (URA) from the last game we played at home and any time we would go past them. That’s now a gone case and what is important now is that the competition is getting stronger and look forward to the draw and go as far as we can,” said Vermezovic.


However, URA tactician Alex Isabirye applauded his boys for the job well done but noted that a few defensive mistakes cost them the match.

“We conceded due to loose marking but the boys played well,” Isabirye noted.









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