With the Mandela national Stadium still suspended from hosting any StarTimes Uganda Premier League games, URA FC had to cope with life in Bombo where they hosted today’s outing against Express FC.
It was just another meeting between Sam Ssimbwa and George Ssimwogerere’s charges with only one place separating the two sides on the standings.
Last season’s 3rd placed side URA FC are still struggling at the bottom half of the table – 10th they stand just a place below the Red Eagles.
Sam Simbwa made a few changes to the team that held KCCA FC to a 1-all draw in their last visit to the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo. Former Express FC winger, forward Micheal Birungi was rested and replaced with Brian Majwega who was pushed forward and Yeseri Waibi brought in at left back. Cromwell Rwothomio was replaced with Daniel Isaiagi who was brought on as a substitute against KCCA FC, Hudu Mulikyi for Benjamin Nyakoojo, and Saidi Kyeyune for Ivan Ntege.
The two sides started off in a somewhat boring game that was marked by less creativity and little action confront of goal.
Daniel Isiagi had a great run in Express’s goal area in the 21st minute but he was flagged offside.
Moments later, Frank Kalanda and Frank Senyondo could have missed an opportunity to put visitors in the lead as his attempt was blocked by Nyakoojo in the 66th minute.
In the 79th minute, a Frank Seenyondo made a ranting run into the URA defense and could have scores but was well tamed by an on rushing James Alitho to collect who collected the ball into safety.
URA FC’s Ojera almost found a moment to break the deadlock in the 87th minute of the game but headed wide, bringing the game to an end that is just like the way it started at 0-0.
Substitute Anwar Ntege was sent off a few moments after being substituted on for having an exchange with the referee. The forward was cautioned before launching a verbal attack against the referee that had him receieve a secobd caution – automatically sending him off.
URA FC midfielder Julius Mutyaba was knocked unconscious following an aerial duel with an Express player and rushed to case clinic by ambulance but reports indicate he is.out of danger and already recuperating at St. Catherin hospital, Kampala.
This becomes URA FC’s 8th draw of the season in the 14 games played with 3 wins and 3 losses.
Sam Ssimbwa’s side remain 10th with just a game to complete their first round matches at 17 points while Express FC maintain their one-place lead over their hosts with 18 points.
George Simwogerere’s Red Eagles have so far won 5 drawn 3 and lost 7 in all their first round games.
In the other game played at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo defending champions KCCA FC continued expressing their intent to retaining the title, defeating Kyetume FC 5-2.
Youngster Sam Ssenyonjo impressed on the day scoring KCCA FC’s third goal in the 50th minute before being voted man of the match at full time.
KCCA FC remain 4th with 26 points in 12 games.