Forward Steven Desse Mukwala netted a first half brace as Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club ( URA FC) held on to narrowly defeat Ethiopian Coffee 2-1 in the opening leg of the CAF Confederation Cup (Preliminary round) at the St.Mary’s Stadium Kitende
The visitors, Ethiopian Coffee enjoyed much of the possession in the opening half of the game but it was the Tax Collectors who utilized their chances at goal to secure a vital victory.
The first attempt at goal fell to the Ethiopian side but Ahmed Nasir Abubeker shot from outside the box was easily saved by Nathian Alionzi.
The Tax Collector’s first attempt at goal came in the 14th when Shafik Kagimu’s shot went agnozingly off the mark.
From a Derrick Ndahiro’s cross in the 23rd minute, URA broke the deadlock through Steven Mukwala. Mukwala headed in a Vianne Ssekajungo pull-back header after a wonderful cross by Ndahiro.
The Tax Collectors would have been two goals up four minutes afterwards but Mukwala failed to connect well with a Ashraf Madela’s wonderful cross.
But Mukwala did no mistake in the 37th minute as he rebounded on to a lose ball in the Ethiopian Coffee’s box to double his side’s lead and get his second of the game.
Despite all the possession in the opening half, Ethiopian Coffee’s barely threatened the Tax Collectors backline.
Ten minutes into the second half, Ethiopian Coffee pulled a goal back as William Solomon Tesfay effort beat goalkeeper Alionzi. Tesfay was booked for removing his shirt after scoring.
Kagimu was unlucky not to restore URA’s two goals advantage at the hour-mark as he saw his shot deflected out for a cornerkick.
Patrick Mbowa also had his bullet shot saved in the 75th minute saved by Abel Mamo Gabreyohans.
Ethiopian Coffee were unlucky not to be level with nine minutes to go as Yalew Debalke Endale saw his shot ooze few meters outside with Alionzi well beaten.
Ethiopian Coffee tried their level best to find a leveller before the end of the game but URA was rock-solid at the back.