BUL football club were forced to settle for a point against UPDF FC in the Uganda premier league on Wednesday after conceding late in the second half.

Musa Esenu gave the Eastern Giants the lead on twelve minutes before Ivan Ahimbisibwe grabbed a point for the hosts with eleven minutes left to play.

BUL were 1-0 up at the time and were good value for the win, having controlled much of the match, but the coaches and their players were left equally frustrated after being held to a 1-1 draw.

Musa Esenu in action

“We started well and the game was good until the 79th minute when we conceded the equaliser. We lacked some concentration and we conceded, however, we are still on course and we are planning to build on that point. It’s bad that we conceded but that is football. We wish to comeback and we are planning to comeback stronger in our next game,” head coach Richard Bakabulindi said in post match interview.

After a disappointing goalless stalemate with Bright Stars last Friday, there was no time to whine over past results and BUL FC’s starting line-up showed four changes for the trip to Bombo military grounds.

Pascal Ngobi joined captain George Kasonko in the four men midfield, as Fredson Gwoto returned to occupy the left wingback position.

There were also recalls for Ibrahim Mugulusi and Joseph Semujju who slotted into attacking midfield and the attack respectively, with the trio of Simon Peter Oketch, Richard Wandyaka and Dickson Nuwamanya switching to the bench. Ibrahim Kazindula missed because of suspension after accumulating cards.

BUL’s attacking unit started brightly, creating a couple of chances in the opening 12 minutes. The first saw Semujju head wide before Esenu scored twelve minutes into the game following magnificent play from Mugulusi.

BUL FC players celebrating after scoring

Two changes were made in a double substitution in the second period with Mugulusi and Hillary Onek giving room to Oketch and Umar Mukobe respectively six minutes off the hour.

Thirteen minutes later, UPDF equalized through Ahimbisibwe for the two teams to match away with a point each.

BUL FC now tally 22 points from their 12 outings, and remained in the third place after the stalemate. The next match will see them play home to Arua Hill SC on December 28.

BUL FC Starting XI

Saidi Keni
Douglas Muganga
Richard Ayiko
Walter Ochora
Hillary Onek
George Kasonko
Pascal Ngobi
Ibrahim Mugulusi
Fredson Gwoto
Joseph Semujju
Musa Esenu


Emmanuel Kalyowa
Umar Mukobe
Simon Peter Oketch
Reagan Kalyowa
Owen Mukisa
Richard Wandyaka
Dickson Niwamanya

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