September 10th witnessed the Eastern Giants wag their tails in a continental competition for the first time in our fifteen years spell.
This was the ultimate prize for winning the Uganda cup, which as well, was the first silverware for the club.
Sound of the final whistle at St. Mary’s stadium – Kitende came when the contest between BUL and Future FC was still even, meaning the task has to be accomplished from Egypt, with the second leg slated for this Saturday at Cairo International stadium.
Alex Isabirye’s travelling party, consisting of twenty players is at this time already in the Egyptian capital after reaching there in the wee hours of Wednesday, three days to the match and ready to go for the kill.
Part of the BUL team on mission is the club chairman – Ronald Barente. The chairman has been behind the backing of the Eastern Giants and so instrumental in the success of the team since he came, and to this cause , he sent an advanced team to the Arab country before the squad arrived there.
“We moved so early to get better preparations because the journey from Uganda to Egypt is too long and if we didn’t give it enough time, we would suffer from fatigue. This we think will allow players to get enough rest so that Saturday comes when they’re in a better condition,” the chairman said of the timely arrival.
Of course that comes with huge costs but the supremo opened up; this was keenly planned for, not just a wonder.
“This match did not get us by surprise. BUL runs a budget and we planned for all this when budgeting for the club.”
The Eastern Giants are riding on the ambition of reaching the group stage of the confederations cup this campaign and this has overwhelmingly inspired the club’s big investments. However, the club is ready for whatever is meant to be.
“There are profits and losses in business but we invest expecting to gain, for this time qualifying to the group stage is the target but if it fails, it will be God’s will. But we greatly believe the team will progress to the next level, and by God’s grace, we shall win the game. Everyone in Uganda should pray for us, we shall get the victory together,” Mr. Barente said.
Another big wig in Egypt and ready to witness history being made is Rogers Mulindwa, the Fufa executive committee member and our leader of delegation.
Mr. Mulindwa is convinced the Eastern Giants can deliver the goods.
“BUL promises a bright future given this is their first time of involvement in a CAF competition. The players are calm and organized, and exhibiting a strong working relationship with the technical team and the administrators,” he said.
“Most players out there have sheer arrogance but haven’t seen that in BUL players. This shows they know what they want and they follow instructions in place.”
“I therefore call upon all football fans regardless of the club you support domestically – whether you support SC Villa, Express, KCCA, Vipers SC, URA, Busoga United or Gaddafi, our new team now is BUL FC because they’re the ones hoisting the Uganda flag in CAF confederations cup.”
“Let us rally behind the Eastern Giants and render the team all sorts of support because they’re not representing themselves but representing all of us as a country. In Cairo, people are not seeing them as BUL but as Uganda.”
Saturday’s return match is to be played at 10PM (EAT), and the winner on aggregate will meet the overall winner between Buffles du Borgou and Kallon FC.