Friday, November 2
URA FC 0-0 Nyamityobora FC
URA were held at home to Nyamityobora in the only league game played on Friday at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The poorly attended game ended 0-0.
The hosts, as it has been in their previous games, looked the better side, but couldn’t break the deadlock.
Captain Shafic Kagimu missed from the spot in the late minutes of the game as Nyamityobora snatched a point.
Sam Ssimbwa’s charges remain fifth on the log with ten points. The unbeaten side has now registered four draws in the league – three coming in the row.
URA’s only two wins came against Paidha and Ndejje. The team had earlier shared spoils with Express, Maroons and Villa.
The point lifts the Abanyakare above the drop zone to 13th with four points. Nyamityobora’s only win came against Mbarara City. The team has lost to Onduparaka, Bright Stars, Vipers and Police FC.
URA looked charged up for the occasion right from the start but the side couldn’t bury their chances.
Saidi Kyeyune was unlucky not to open the score sheet when his effort stumbled through the goalkeeper’s legs to hit the woodwork. The keeper grabbed it after it ricocheted off the crossbar.
Later on, Mathew Tayo Odongo’s free header from the corner was off the target.
Peter Lwasa also shot wide before the referee sent the teams goalless to the dressing rooms.
In the second stanza, Ssimbwa brought on Nyanzi Abdalla and Ojera Joacquim for Siraje Ssentamu and Tayo Odongo respectively.
The visitors almost scored the opener but Charles Musana failed to capitalize on Ronald Musana’s blunder before Alitho James came to the rescue.
URA made their last change with Vitalis Tabu paving way for Mukongotya Robert as the hosts tried to throw more bodies upfront.
In the 82nd minute, Ibrahim Massa brought down Shafic Kagimu in the area for Referee Ali Sabira to point on the spot.
Kagimu couldn’t beat Hillary Jomi as the custodian easily collected the poorly taken effort.
What They Said?
Both coaches showed their discontent as the league committee hindered some of their players from playing – Both teams missed three players who didn’t not show their National IDs.
Sam Ssimbwa – URA Coach: The players have betrayed me, the way we are failing to convert chances is a big concern but I hope that we can rectify that in the next game.
James Odoch – Nyamityobora Coach: It was our game plan, we came to at least get a point and am impressed with my defense plus the team at-large as we kept a clean sheet.
URA FC will now visit BUL on Tuesday November 6 at Njeru Technical Centre in Jinja.
Nyamityobora will host Kirinya, probably at Kakyeka on November 7.
James Alitho, Ronnie Kigongo, Hood Mulikyi, Yeseri Waibi, Ronald Musana, Siraje Ssentamu, Peter Lwasa, Shafic Kagimu, Tayo Odongo, Saidi Kyeyune, Vitalis Tabu.
Hillary Jomi, Ebong Lameck, Benjamin Mpiirwe, Ibrahim Pengere, Calvin Bani, Derrick Kiggundu, Ibrahim Massa, Patrick Gonahasa, Charles Musiige, Joseph Akandwanaho, Alex Komakech