Thursday 10th August, 2023
FUFA Super Eight
BUL VS Vipers
FUFA Technical Centre
BUL square off against Vipers SC in the quarter finals of the FUFA Super 8 tournament, a precursor for the new StarTimes Uganda premier league season, on Thursday (10th August) at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru. This is the third edition of the competition.
Six other teams, who include – KCCA FC, URA, Arua Hills, Maroons, Wakiso Giants and SC Villa are also playing to complete the pack of the top eight teams from last season.
It will be BUL’s first competitive game under new coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere. They will feature in at least two more matches of the pre-season tournament after this game.
They endured a poor run of results for the entire second half of the previous term, failing to win a single match in fourteen league games.
But a lot of things have since changed and they will look to leave a good account of themselves in this one ahead of the new campaign.
In the offseason, the Eastern Giants have already defeated big league side Jinja North United and won a couple of other friendlies with ease. They will have everyone available for this clash.
Vipers, meanwhile, have also been flawless during their preseason outings, beating Kagera Sugar, Nateete select and winning 4-0 against URA FC recently.
BUL almost beat the venoms in the teams’ last faceoff in May but Karim Watambala scored from the spot in injury time to deny them the win after Samuel Ssekamatte had put the Eastern Giants in control of the game five minutes after the hour.
This will be the 26th meeting between the sides in all competitions since 2011, with BUL winning three games, Vipers running away with fifteen and drawn seven times.
Speaking about the match, the coach said this is the time to cut Vipers’ dominance short.
“We played in the previous editions of the super eight and never went through to the semifinals. But this time we are well prepared, the boys are in good conditions and I expect them to give us the good results,” coach Abbey Kikomeko said.
“Ever since we started playing Vipers, they have been so stubborn – however this is the chance to overcome them.”
“Scoring was our main challenge last season but I think we have solved that. We have worked upon it since we started the preseason training.”
“Some strikers were brought on board, competition for the forward positions is really high and I expect goals this time around.”
George Kasonko, the team captain, said the team is buzzing and ready to deliver the goods.
“History shows we have never progressed past this stage but a lot of things have really changed and as players, we are ready for the challenge this time,” Kasonko said.
“It has been long since we started preparing ourselves. One of our goals is to win trophies and the super eight is one of them.”
“We are not looking at the previous attempts in which we failed in this competition but we are aiming at playing the final and the final starts tomorrow. Every game is going to be a final for us.”
The game will be live on FUFA TV.