Uganda Premier League side URA FC has confirmed the return of goalkeeper James Alitho on a two-year employment contract that will keep him at the club till 2023.
Alitho returns to the Tax Collectors following his short stint at Zambian Premier League side Zanaco FC, who he joined in 2019 and has been with since.
This will be his second stint at the club, having joined them from Uganda Premier League side Vipers SC prior to his departure from the Tax Collectors.
It is further believed that his unprecedented departure from the club was thanks to an altercation with the then URA FC head coach Sam Simbwa during the 2018 season.
Upon his return, Alitho spared some time to talk to the club’s media and he had this to say:
“I’ve grown to love the proverb that “East or west, home is best”, home is indeed best because I feel there is no other place I would rather be. It is a pleasure for me to return to this special club that I happen to love so much, he stated.
The custodian needed no invitation to speak about the club’s success attained since his departure, admitting that there had been massive improvements as manifested from the previous season.
The club’s goalkeeping coach Billy Kiggundu had this to say about the shot-stopper’s return, ” Of course Alitho comes with a lot of experience to our young team and will help us in the department especially for the fact that we struggled with injuries last season, he said.
As the club gears up for continental football and a new season as well, Alitho’s capture will prove to be a big boost as he comes proven and experienced as well.
He will however have to compete for the number one place in goal with Nafian Alionzi and youngster Samuel Mwaka. Hannington Ssebwalunyo has since been loaned out to BUL FC.
Alitho becomes the Tax Collectors sixth official signing in the ongoing transfer window, joining other new entrants like Simon Baligeya, Andrew Okiring Isiagi, Derrick Ndahiro, Kabon Living and Saidi Kyeyune.
Reports further link former Wakiso Giants forward Vianne Sekajugo to have already agreed personal terms with the club despite the fact that the club is yet to confirm.
In the upcoming preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup, the Tax Collectors will lock horns with Ethiopian Coffee in the first round of fixtures.