By Bariyo Brian Tumuramye
Kampala: David Ssali joins the Tax Collectors Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) FC from Tooro United FC after signing a three-year deal-confirmed by URA FC on Wednesday, September 23 through its twitter handle.
— URA Football Club (@URAFC_Official) September 23, 2020
“We are delighted to announce the signing of Davis Ssali on a 3 year deal from Tooro United FC.” URA FC tweeted.
Ssali becomes the third official signing for the Tax Collectors ahead of the 2020/21 season after signing midfielder Jackson Nunda and goalkeeper Hannington Sebwalunyo as the new faces at the club.
He spent most of last season coming off the bench for Tooro United FC before tying down a starting slot under Muhammad Kiseka later in the season.
Last season, URA FC finished 5th with 40 points from 25 games before the season affected by the COVID-19 break.
These come at a time when the experienced midfielder Tony Mawejje has also been named the new Police Football Club captain just months after joining the club, replacing Joseph Ssentume.
With first-choice skipper Sadat Kyambadde deciding to take a sabbatical from football midway last season, Ssentume was elevated to stand-in captain.
Goalkeeper Davis Mutebi was the assistant captain last season, but he has also since departed the club for Jinja based side BUL Bidco FC warranting a change in the captaincy ranks.
While Ssentume has stayed on at the club after he was handed a new two-year contract, Police coach Abdallah Mubiru has handed the armband to Mawejje as he is convinced of his leadership ability.
Mubiru has previously sung praise for the midfielder who he described as one who brings ‘more than just experience to the squad’.
“He looks a definite leader in that group, and he (Mawejje) will wear the captain’s armband,” a source said.
“The players have warmed to him since he came and it is an easy choice for the coach who has an even better understanding of what he (Mawejje) brings to the squad,” the source added.
Ssentume has been named as the assistant captain to Mawejje, with midfielder Samuel Kayongo by virtue of being one of the oldest serving players named the second assistant captain.
Defender Denis Rukundo will be the third assistant according to what has been communicated to the players from the technical team.
Mawejje returned to the Uganda Premier League after 14 years, re-joining his former side Police FC on a two-year deal in June.
He first joined the Cops back in 2005, guiding the club to the CECAFA Kagame club championship in his single season at the club before leaving for URA FC.
Mawejje will be hopeful of leading Police to its first piece of silverware since the 2006 CECAFA club triumph when the new season gets underway.
With the government giving the go-ahead for sports to resume, Police has stepped up its preparations for the upcoming season with the players expected to return to training as soon as the Standard Operating Procedures from FUFA are released.