URA FC 1-1 Bright Stars
Uganda Revenue Authority FC striker Robert Ssentongo says the whole squad is contributing to the club’s early success this season.
It has been a brilliant pre-saeson for URA FC, who came into the clash with Bright Stars on the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win in Dar es Salaam against Simba SC of Tanzania, picking up a draw at home to Bright Stars as substitute Ssentongo powered home a clinical shot in the 89th minute to cancel Meddie Kakeeto’s sixth-minute opener.
“Every player at URA is part of the winning team and no matter what, if you are sitting on the grand stand or in the bench, you are still part of the team,” Ssentongo says.
The Uganda Cranes striker left URA two years ago to join Ethiopian champions St George but returned for a second stint this season.
“So we are normal to the other guys. As long as the team that is starting is doing well because we trained every day with everybody. We are given a challenge to do well and it’s good to be a URA’s player now once again.”
Bright Stars struggled somewhat for results last season among Uganda’s elite – surviving the drop late in the season and had not earned a single point from URA FC in three meetings. But they earned a reputation as a fiercely competitive side and made the most of the pre-season hangover that URA FC might have had by catcthing URA FC’s defence napping after just six minutes.
Hassan Kikoyo, who put up a man-of-the-match show curled a sweet cross from the right over the URA FC backline for Kakembo, who took a one-time shot past goal keeper Brian Bwete in the far left corner.
URA FC struggled with a defensive arrangement that had Simeon Massa, Allan Munaaba, Sam Senkoomi, Jonathan Mugabi and surprise inclusion Deo Othieno, but showed that they still have the fighting mentality that won them the Uganda Cup last season.
There was little reaction after the home side went behind with URA’s first shot on goal coming in the 58th minute – a long range shot from Ali Feni that was easily collected by goal keeper Matthias Kigoonya.
Actually URA Fc defenders did most of the job as Anthony Bongole proved a thorn in their set up.
URA FC boss Alex Isabirye must have delivered some stern words during half time because it was a much more composed outfit that took the field for the second half, monopolising posession and beginning to look dangerous as their attacking quartet of Saidi Kyeyune, Feni, Patrick Ochan and Frank Kalanda linked up well.
However, it was disciplined defending from Bright Stars and fine goal keeping of Matthias Kigoonya that kept frustrating the home side.
Burundi international Emmanuel Ngama, who was introduced in the 65th minute to replace Allan Munaaba added urgency and after a handful of touches, he set for Ssentongo in the box to save URA’s blushes.
The resulting low shot was a piledriver that eluded the packed defence to crash into the back of the net, leaving Kigoonya rooted to the spot and the handful of URA FC faithful jumping out of their seats and clapping as their side got back on level terms.
Additional reporting via urafc.co.ug