Wednesday, 30th March
URA 0-0 Arua Hill
URA were held to a goalless draw by Arua Hill in the Startimes Uganda Premier League game played at the Arena of Visions.
Despite dropping points, URA will be the happiest of the two because Arua Hill deserved all the three points after Leku was robbed a legit goal.
But URA suffers a blow in their quest for clinching the league title.
The game was balanced in the opening ten minutes as both sides were in search for an opener with Steven Mukwala coming closest for the tax collectors twice but his attempts couldn’t bother the Visiting Goalkeeper.
The tax collectors were forced into an early substitution following Moses Sseruyidde injury after he slipped when a taking corner kick and he was replaced by the Skipper Shafik Kagimu.
Arua Hill’s early chances came from three quick corners but the towering Skipper Rashid Toha couldn’t find the target as his headers went over the bar.
Despite being on the receiving end in most of the half hour of the game, Najib Fesali header from Saidi Kyeyune was easily collected by Goalkeeper Richard Anyama.
Arua Hill could have taken the lead but Derrick Ndahiro made a nice interception to clear a cross that was intended for Leku from Mugalu.
Arua Hill were unlucky to go into the break without a goal after they created numerous chances but they were not clinical enough with most of their chances coming from the set pieces, URA was a relieved side since they were asked a lot of questions in the first half.
Kawawa could have given Arua Hill the lead after a nice play from Leku but the winger’s tame attempt went straight to the Goalkeeper’s gloves.
Richard Anyama was called into action with a decent save to punch away Shafik Kagimu shot from outside the box off Kyeyune cutback freekick.
Arua Hill aerial Prowess nearly paid off but captain Rashid Toha header hit the woodwork from Wahab corner.
Rwothomio forced Anyama to a nice save after a well hit shoot in the near post from a Sekajugo pass.
Alfred Leku thought he had given the Kongolo the lead with a header from Wahab freekick but he was controversially flagged offside though he was on side.
Alfred Leku missed a free header and an open net after Goalkeeper Alitho mistimed Farouk Musisi long freekick.
Leku could have won it very late for Arua Hill but he was let down by his control after a nice delivery from Atendele.
URA are 2nd in the standing with 43 points after 23 matches while Arua Hill are 5th with 38 points after 23 points.
URA Return to action on Monday 4th away to BUL FC at Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe while Arua Hill host Gadaffi FC at Barifa Ground on Wednesday 6th April.
URA XI: James Alitho (GK), Ronald Kigongo, Derrick Ndahiro, Hudu Mulikyi, Najib Fesali, Patrick Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Moses Sseruyidde, Davis Ssali, Steven Mukwala, Dada Ibrahim.
SUBS: Mwaka Simon, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Hassan Kalega, Jackson Nunda, Shafik Kagimu, Viane Ssekajuko, Rwothomio Cromwel.
Arua Hill XI: Richard Anyama (GK), Atendele Geriga, Farouk Musisi, Rashid Toha, Bright Vuni, Ibrahim Thembo, Allan Mugalu, Gadafi Wahab, Rashid Kawawa, Alfred Leku, Innocent Media.
SUBS: Rogers Omedwa, Ibrahim Magandaazi, Andama Junior, Jacob Kamwesiga, Stephen Kabuye, Rashid Muhamad, Innocent Maduka.