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Ssimbwa rules his side URA out of the title race

URA coach Sam Ssimbwa has ruled his side out of contention for the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League title | courtesy photo

Sam Ssimbwa has effectively ruled his side Uganda Revenue Authority (URA FC) out of the runners for the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League title. 

UPL: KCCA’s top of the table dreams altered

KCCA FC’s dreams of finishing the first round of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League as the table leaders gets a setback after being held by the draw specialists URA FC.

The two sides played to a one-all stalemate in the game played at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Wednesday evening courtesy of Ashraf Mandela and Allan Okello’s first half and second half strikes respectively.

Very fresh from winning the league’s table leaders Vipers SC last Saturday at the same venue, the Mike Mutebi coached side failed to do the needful to win against Sam Ssimbwa’s rigid charges.

The league’s defending champions were sure of finishing the first round of league on top of the table if they could win all their five remaining games.

However, a draw against URA FC means that they have to win their four remaining games and then pray that Vipers SC can drop points in their remaining game.

KCCA are now fourth on the table with 23 points from 11 games, four wins in their four remaining games will take them to 35 points.

Vipers meanwhile, are on 33 points with on game remaining, a win will cement their top spot on the log with 36 points as the first round comes to an end while a loss or a draw means that KCCA can finish the first round as the table leaders.

KCCA will host Kyetume FC in their next league encounter on Saturday November 23rd as they continue with chasing their dream while Vipers will visit Maroons on Friday November 22 in their final game of the first round.

The out spoken tactician said this after URA’s 1-1 draw with KCCA FC at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Wednesday evening which marked their seventh draw of the season.

Marauding right back Ashiraf Mandela put the tax collectors ahead in the eighth minute, following a period of early dominance by URA. However, recently crowned Football-256 player of the year Allan Okello pulled the Kasasiro boys level in the 57th minute. 

“Automatically we are out of the race, because of the numerous draws we have made but today’s draw has been genuine,” Ssimbwa said during the post match press conference.

He went ahead to claim that most of their draws have come via an invisible hand, which he (Ssimbwa) feels is out to target his team.

“Most of the draws we have been picking up recently have been aided by some people, you have been watching; those who were in Bombo can testify, those who were in Luzira can testify, those who were in Kitende can testify.”

“We play well, we score genuine goals but they cancel them out, the results are always manufactured from the boardroom,” Ssimbwa added. 

Despite relentless out-cries about the continued ‘poor officiating’ against his side, Ssimbwa claims that yesterday’s draw against his former side was genuine, and he leaves Lugogo content with the result. 

“I don’t have any complaints about the quality of refereeing today. They were fair and just to both teams. Even if we had lost 4-0 today, I would have left a contented man that my side were probably not that good.” He said.

He also applauded KCCA FC for the performance showcased during their stalemate.

“KCCA is a good side, tactically we had planned well but some lapses in our set up allowed Okello space and that cost us, you know he is the best player here if you leave him alone he punishes you.”

“In the first half we had manmarked him well but in the second half we left him alone and he punished us. I congratulate KCCA FC for a draw because I had come for three points,” he added.

The tax collectors are now 10th on the log with 16 points, however they have three games in hand to the close of the first round. They will host Express FC in their next league encounter on Saturday 23rd, November.

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