URA coach Paul Nkata predicted it would take more than six months to shape the team into his mpuld after taking charge of his first game in a 1-0 loss to Onduparaka last month.
The tax collectors finished the first round in seventh position and 12 points behind leaders SC Villa and have since traveled to Zanzibar for the Mapinduzi Invitational tournament in preparation for the second round.
“Shaping this team will not take a day or month. Most of these players have been used to a certain way of playing so it may take time for them to adjust. It something that we can perfect next season if I’m allowed the time,” he opined.
The task he has at his disposal was again laid bare in their opening game at the tournament after the Ugandan side labored to a 1-1 draw against host side Jamuhuri on Monday.
They fell behind to a Muhammed Khalifan goal after captain Jimmy Kulaba missed a clearance with the striker running in on goal before rounding goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi.
They managed to pull themselves level 17 minutes from time when Moses Seruyinda’s curled home a left footed strike.
They will seek their opening three points this afternoon when they return against another Zanzibar side Mwenge in Group A.
The latter lost their previous game 2-0 to Tanzania’s Simba but have three points after winning their first match against Jamuhuri.
The top two teams in each of the two groups will qualify for the semifinal at the 11-team tournament to mark independence in Zanzibar and also involves teams from Tanzania.