Friday March 18
Uganda Premier League
Kick off: 2PM
We return to Kyabazinga stadium to take on Tooro United this Friday at 2PM. BUL FC head into this fixture on the back of a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Bright Stars last time out, but the Eastern Giants have not registered successive losses this campaign.
Alex Isabirye’s men have put up a splendid show this season, currently occupying the fifth place after posting nine wins, six draws and five losses to count 33 points from 20 matches, and they are desperate to reclaim the fourth spot after being leapfrogged by Arua Hill SC who won their match day 21 game on Tuesday.
It has been a displeasing campaign for Tooro United. Ibrahim Kirya’s men have won the fewest top-flight games (three), and their 14 defeats is the highest in the league.
They went down 4-2 to Police in their last trip in the league but won an important game last Friday.
Shock victory at home to league leaders Vipers SC could have provided Tooro with a serious dose of momentum, but they have not been helped by their three wins and three draws as they still remain at the UPL log base with just 12 points from 20 outings.
This encounter will be the 15th meeting between the two teams since 2013.
Goalkeeper – Saidi Keni is still in the treatment room with a knee injury but the game will mark the return of wingback Hillary Onek and midfield schemer Ibrahim Mugulusi from their respective injuries.
Therefore, Alex Isabirye has a big pool of players to choose from for this clash.
What they said:
Team manager Alex Isabirye:
“The game will not be easy because playing a team fighting relegation sometimes is hard. They won against table leaders – Vipers SC in their last game but we are at home and we need the three points.”
Simon Peter Oketch:
“We were not happy with the way we lost to Bright Stars in our last game. But we have got enough preparations, the coaches have given us all what is necessary to win the game, and it is now upon us as players to execute the work plan to get the three points.”
Last time out
Friday March 11
Bright Stars 3-0 BUL FC
Our decent four match unbeaten streak was halted the last time out in Kavumba. The Eastern Giants were beaten 3-0 by Bright Stars.
Goals from Ibrahim Kasinde, Joseph Janjali and Methodius Jungu for the hosts condemned us to the fifth defeat this term.
Head to Head
P14 W6 D1 L7
Since 2013, this fixture has produced 14’meetings between the two sides, resulting into six wins for BUL, seven victories for Tooro United and one draw.
December 10, 2021
Tooro United 1-3 BUL FC
Buhinga stadium hosted the previous encounter between the two sides. The hosts dived into an early lead through Marvin Oshaba’s penalty on the 7th minute but BUL FC would turn the tables going forward to subdue Tooro United.
Ibrahim Kazindula scored at a quarter hour to equalize for the Eastern Giants, Walter Ochora put us in the lead on 28 minutes before Ibrahim Nsimbe added the third goal for Alex Isabirye’s side on the stroke of halftime, and that is all was required to walk away with all the three points from Fort Portal.
Last four encounters
December 10, 2021
Tooro United 1-3 BUL FC
October 11, 2019
Tooro United 1-2 BUL FC
March 26, 2019
Tooro United 1-0 BUL FC
October 02, 2018
BUL FC 0-1 Tooro United
BUL FC have won six games, drawn and lost two a piece in 10 home matches this campaign.
They have seen a return of 21 goals and seven only conceded across those games.
Isabirye’s men have also scored in all but two games at Kyabazinga stadium, a 1-0 defeat to Express in October and 0-0 draw with Bright Stars in December last year
The Eastern Giants have lost once in the past eight home matches with that misfortune coming in February against Vipers SC.
BUL FC have not lost to Tooro United since March 2019 ( Tooro United 1-0 BUL FC, March 26, 2019), with the last defeat at home to the visitors also occurring a year before.
This fixture has produced 37 goals from the 14 meetings, with BUL scoring 17 of that bulk.
And has failed to produce a winner once, a 0-0 stalemate in 2015.
Tooro United have not won away from home this season in the league, collecting one point only in 10 matches following a 2-2 draw with defending champions Express in February.
Goals have not also gone their side as they have scored eight only and swallowed a whooping 30 in the ten outings.
Overall, Tooro has conceded 47 goals in 20 matches, the highest in the league.
But they have lost just once in their last five matches, winning two and drawing the other two games as well.
Turyamureeba Paul will be the man in the center. Okello Dick and Atuhaire Dorcus as his first and second assistant referee respectively. Naigaga Habiba will be the fourth official while Mawanda Haruna will be match assessor.
How to follow the game:
The game will be live on Sanyuka television but BUL FC communication channels will also provide comprehensive coverage of this clash.
Minute-by-minute updates will be available on all our social media platforms
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