Henry Mayeku: URA FC new CEO promises a fresh lease of life

The club announced on September 1, 2020 that Mr. Mayeku had immediately assumed office which he has been contracted to occupy for a a period of one renewable year.

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Mr.Henry Mayeku has been appointed as the new Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The club announced on September 1, 2020 that Mr. Mayeku had immediately assumed office which he has been contracted to occupy for a a period of one renewable year.

Upon confirmation, the new CEO expressed urge to work  and promised to make the tax collectors great again.

” URA FC is a club everyone would dream to work with. I am so happy to come back and associate with a place I call home. I promise to bring professionalism, experience and interpersonal skills which I believe will take back URA FC to the top where it’s supposed to be,” he told the club website.

The club announced on September 1, 2020 that Mr. Mayeku had immediately assumed office which he has been contracted to occupy for a a period of one renewable year.

URA say they went for experience and believe the ‘new’ man will take them to greater heights.
“We warmly welcome Henry and believe that he has the necessary experience to lead the club to greater heights.”

Henry Mayeku has replaced Ivan Kakembo who left the position last season.

Henry Mayeku, an old man with a new role?

Mr. Mayeku has previously served as General Secretary at URA FC, a position he held from  2011 to 2016.

Under his tenure, URA managed to qualify for CAF competitions, an achievement that has eluded them in the recent past.

A summary of URA’s involvement in CAF competitions during Mayeku’s tenure:

2012 CAF Champions League:

•Preliminary round: beat Lesotho Correctional Services 3–0 on aggregate

•First round: lost on walkover to Djoliba AC after not traveling to Mali due to 2012 Malian coup d’état; lost first leg 2–0

2013 CAF Champions League:

•Preliminary round: lost to Coton Sport on penalties.

2015 Confederation Cup:

•Preliminary round: beat ASSM Elegco Plus 4–2 on aggregate

•First round: lost to Orlando Pirates 4–3 on aggregate.

2015 : Yasser Mugerwa showed great performances against Orlando Pirates which earned him a dream transfer to the PSL| Soccer Laduma.

As a result of such performances in Africa, URA managed to sell midfielder Yasser Mugerwa to Orlando Pirates. This however has been ‘foreign’ news to a club whose best position in the national league ever since is third with 51 points in the 2018/19 season behind Vipers (59) and KCCA (66) the eventual winners.

2014: URA FC players celebrate after beating KCCA 4-2 on penalties. The game had ended 2-2 after 90 minutes| FUFA/File.

Mayeku left un finished business:

In April 2014, URA FC announced plans to build a 25 000-seater stadium in Bugema in the Luweero District of Central Uganda.

The new home would sit on 10 acres of land valued at Shs30m each. The new facility would have a training ground for the senior team as well as an academy to nurture talent, the then club chairman Ali Ssekatawa told the press .

“This is the first significant step to self-sustainability and the overall professionalisation of the club,” Mr.Ali Sekatawa said during the groundbreaking ceremony in April 2014.

Their plan, Mr. Ssekatawa said was to have a fully fledged stadium in five years.

However, from 2014 to 2020, simple calculations put the number of years to six but nothing has been done to full fill at least 1% of what was promised.

And as a General Secretary, Mr. Mayeku was at the centre of all the planning and many a URA fans would have wished to see him leaving something tangible done before he left in 2016.

The other unfulfilled desire for Mr. Mayeku was, at least one would want to believe, to grow URA FC’s fan base. From hosting games in Lugazi to using national stadium, Namboole, the club looked misguided on what could be done to attract fans.

Therefore, as he settles into the new role, Mr. Mayeku ought to be cognisant of what lies ahead of him if he’s to leave a better legacy.

No matter how much effort Ssimbwa and his charges have tried to put in, the team is yet to return to past glory| URA FC

URA FC, coached by Sam Ssimbwa finished fifth with 40 points behind Vipers, KCCA FC, SC Villa and Busoga United when the league was ended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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