Friday April 28, 2023
Uganda Premier League
BUL FC Vs Bright Stars
FUFA Technical Centre
BUL FC return to FUFA technical centre this Friday to host Bright Stars in the Uganda premier league at 4pm.
The Eastern Giants finished fourth last season, and they were second by the mid of the current campaign but sixth place is where they take a chair this day following a run of eight league games without a win.
Simeon Masaba’s men have 31 points to count from their eight wins, and seven draws as well as losses after 22 rounds, meaning they are just three points off URA FC who occupy the fourth place on the table.
Meeting the horizons reached the previous term is however very possible, with the 1-1 derby draw at Busoga United six days ago laying a cornerstone for more better results heading into the last six matches of the season.
The visitors arrive in Njeru five places behind BUL and off the back of a one all draw on Tuesday at home to Express.
They currently sit 11th on the table with 28 points from 22 matches but they are unbeaten in the past three meetings with the Eastern Giants.
At the beginning of the campaign, the sides convened in November for the reverse fixture at Kuvumba, and Nelson Ssenkatuka’s brace separated them as Bright Stars came out 2-0 winners.
Richard Ayiko is suspended, while Ivan Wani will also miss the game because of an injury.
Before the game, coach Simeon Masaba said is full of belief and confident that the Eastern Giants will start collecting maximum points as soon as possible.
“We have gone the second round without winning but I hope and I believe the training we have had with in these couple of days is enough to see that we get the results in tomorrow’s game,” he said.
“Atleast we have started scoring, we even scored in our previous game although it was one goal. But we are going to build from that because previously, goals had totally been not coming.“
This view is shared by the players and all their focus is set at coming out winners in the remaining games.
“We have been prepared well to face Bright Stars,” Saidi Keni said.
“It’s a while now and a couple of games without winning but we have never lost hope and the belief that we can start winning again as players, and I believe wins shall start coming beginning with tomorrow’s game.“
Head to Head
P20 W4 D6 L10
The Eastern Giants have faced the Stars on 20 previous occasions since 2013, winning four compared to Bright Stars’ ten with the other six matches ending in draws.
Last four meetings
December 17, 2021
BUL FC 0-0 Bright Stars
March 11, 2022
Bright Stars 3-0 BUL FC
March 22, 2022
Bright Stars 2(3)-2(4) BUL FC (Uganda Cup)
November 29, 2022
Bright Stars 2-0 BUL FC
Of the 31 points this term, 21 have been a result of winning six, drawing three and losing two matches at FUFA technical centre.
Seventeen goals have also come along the course, just seven conceded and five clean sheets kept.
There were five straight home wins for BUL before mid December but since thrashing Maroons 5-0, the team has endured an eight game streak without a league victory.
BUL’s last league win over Bright Stars was two years ago when Deogracious Ojok and Robert Mukongotya scored as the Eastern Giants came out 2-0 winners on March 10, 2021.
This fixture has produced 20 games since 2013 and 36 goals have been scored across the matches, with the Eastern Giants netting 15 times.
The ties involving the sides have produced at least a goal except on three occasions – the barren draws of April 2014, March 2016 and December 2021
Bright Stars is unbeaten in the past three meetings with BUL, and as visitors, they are also unbeaten in five away games against the Eastern Giants – since the 2-0 loss at Kakindu on March 14, 2017.
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