StarTimes Uganda Premier League
URA FC 1-0 SC Villa
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
NAMBOOLE – URA FC condemned SC Villa to a 6th loss of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season on Saturday afternoon.
Patrick Mbowa was the hero on the day for the tax collectors, scoring late in the first half on a hot day at Namboole.
However, it was not a day filled with joy for URA as they lost influential duo of goalkeeper James Alitho and Captain Shafick Kaggimu, to injury.
On a day that Villa handed three (Asuman Alishe, Suleiman Majanjalo and Saidi Keni) of their 13 January signings debuts, they struggled to cope with a spirited URA side eventually succumbing to pressure.
Their best chance of the game fell to Ashraf Mandela who headed over Mike Sserumga’s lofted cross.
As the record League champions struggled to create chances, top scorer Bashir Mutanda was also doing likewise. The former Kirinya striker could only look on as his shot from distance was saved comfortably by Alitho.
URA lost Alitho to injury, replaced by Nafian Alionzo and the stopper was called into action later on to deny Habib Kavuma at close range.
URA who looked a dull side in the second half, had Moses Sseruyide’s rocket rattle the crossbar and Shafic Kagimu earlier had his effort from a loose ball go an inch wide.
The Victory send URA to fifth on the table with 25 points from 16 games.
For Villa, they remain in 13th on 14 points.
The other game played on Saturday:
-Bright Stars 1-1 Onduparaka FC