Alex Isabirye takes charge of URA FC

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club-URA FC has unveiled former Express FC head coach Alex Isabirye as their new coach on a one-year contract.

Isabirye replaces former Uganda Cranes star David Obua who was sacked by the club in the second round of the just-concluded StarTimes Uganda Premier League season before being replaced by Robert Mukasa as caretaker for the remainder of the season. .

Obua’s tenure at URA FC was short-lived and ended just months after his appointment. He was criticized for attempting to implement a fluid style of play, often referred to as a tick-tock style, which is identified by excessive possession of the ball and starting play from the back. However, this approach required time for players to adapt, leading to inconsistent results and dissatisfaction among some players and backroom staff.

Out of 20 matches under his direction in all competitions, URA FC achieved 8 wins, 8 losses and 4 draws. Internal discord caused several members of staff, including Fred Muhumuza, Robert Mukasa and Byron Okuba, to resign from the club before management eventually sacked Obua.

Now, Isabirye, who has also been unemployed since resigning from Express FC in March 2024 due to poor working conditions, faces the challenge of revitalizing a disoriented team. URA FC, who have not won the league title in the last twelve years, finished this year’s league in eighth position with only 4 points out of a possible 87.

But Isabirye will not be a new figure in the now Wankulukuku-based team as he will return for his second spell with URA FC. During his first tenure, he led the team to its last league title in the 2010/2011 season and won the 2012 Uganda Cup trophy.

He returns with extensive experience having coached several other Uganda Premier League clubs including BUL, Entebbe, Nyamityobora, Express and Vipers where he won both the Uganda Premier League and the Uganda Cup in 2023.

Speaking about his appointment, Isabirye said that when URA FC officials approached him, he was happy because it showed him that they had been monitoring his work since he left the club more than ten years ago.

Isabirye added that while he knows that the club’s current players are quite different from those he used at the club over ten years ago, he is ready to work with those available to return URA FC to where it belongs.

The club’s chief executive Allan Munaaba hopes Isabirye’s return will be key in their quest for their glory days. “We are optimistic that Isabirye’s return will revive our glory days, and his vast experience and previous success with the team are considered key assets. “His immediate challenge will be to prepare the team for the grand opening of the newly refurbished Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium, where we last won our home league title.” he said.