Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club, commonly known as URA FC, has officially announced the appointment of David Obua, a former Uganda Cranes icon, as their new Head Coach. Obua, affectionately referred to as “King David,” takes over the role, replacing Fred Muhumuza, who had been serving as the interim coach for the past three months.
The appointment of David Obua puts an end to long-standing speculation about his association with the tax collectors. Obua expressed his happiness about this opportunity, stating, “I am happy to be here; it has been long overdue.”
Obua steps into a role previously held by Sam Timbe, who tragically passed away in August. His appointment adds to the growing list of former Uganda Cranes players venturing into professional coaching. While not all former players successfully transition into coaching, a few, such as Ibrahim Ssekagya and Sam Ssimbwa, have made their mark in the coaching arena. Obua recognizes that being a skilled player does not automatically make one a great coach. He believes that effective coaching involves integrating one’s playing experience with a team’s perspective.
While Obua’s reputation as a player is well-established, his coaching experience has been limited. He previously served as an assistant coach to George Best Nsimbe at Maroons. However, the 39-year-old coach holds a UEFA A Diploma, which he earned in Ireland.
In response to his appointment as the Head Coach of URA FC, Obua acknowledges that coaching is a new field for him. Still, he has diligently prepared for this new role, aiming to bring value to his team. Obua believes that the skills and knowledge he gained from the Irish Football Federation, combined with his determination, will enable him to make a significant impact at URA FC and enhance the performance of the players.
Obua’s approach as the new Head Coach revolves around creating unity within the team. He expressed his desire to align all players in the same direction, emphasizing teamwork and a shared sense of purpose.
As Obua takes the helm, URA FC currently occupies the seventh position in the Uganda Premier League, having collected nine points from their first six games of the season. His inaugural test as head coach will be against the in-form Kitara FC, followed by a visit to the league champions, Vipers.
Mujib Kasule, former Uganda Cranes player and CEO of Proline FC, believes that Obua’s extensive experience as a professional player equips him with the knowledge and insights needed to bring about positive change at URA FC. He emphasizes the value of former players in enriching football human resources, as their experiences on and off the pitch contribute significantly to the development of the game.
Obua will be supported by a team of coaching staff at URA FC, including Peter Byaruhanga Adyeri as the first assistant coach, Fred Muhumuza as the second assistant coach, Robert Mukasa as the third assistant coach, Ilic Milos as the fitness coach, Byron Okuba as the strength and conditioning coach, Swaibu Ssebagala as the goalkeeping coach, Joseph Lubega as the team doctor, Isaac Ngondwe as the physiotherapist, Luggya Ronald as the kits manager, and Bosco Otim as the assistant kits manager.