There have been plenty of positives in the Eastern Giants 2022/23 campaign so far, and after a run of eight wins in fourteen matches, the hopes of the best of the rest finish is very much alive.
It would not be an overstatement to say it has been a fantastic season for BUL as Alex Isabirye’s second full term in charge sees the Eastern Giants sat second at the halfway point.
Following a fourth place league finish, and success in the Uganda cup last season, further strengthening of the squad was done in the previous transfer window and the expectations are high for the Eastern Giants to better last campaign’s achievements, and they are apparently living up to the expectations to say the least.
But results on the road have been laid under the scan although our good home form put us into the title contention bracket going into the remaining 14 games.
It was a fine start in the opener against new league entrants, and winning 5-0 at Blacks Power catalysed the feel-good vibes amongst everyone at the club, and the 3-1 victory over UPDF that followed saw the Eastern Giants soar up the table, dominating it for close to 49 consecutive days.
The 1-1 draws at URA and Gaddafi failed to wreck our charge at the top as the precious 1-0 win over SC Villa in between them left us with three wins from five to start the campaign although Walter Ochora was red carded in our contest with the Soldier Boys.
Another 1-0 win at Onduparaka kept the spirits high, but a dampening 1-0 defeat at Express antagonized our progress.
As we were still celebrating the 2-0 beating of Busoga United, and the fine home showings patching the cracks on the road, the away form crushed into ruin once again as Bright Stars fetched a 2-0 win at Kavumba recreation grounds.
But our 2-1 triumph at Fufa Technical Center steadied the ship as we edged Wakiso Giants to keep up our push for the top positions.
The long trip to Arua yielded a 1-0 advantage over Arua Hill before KCCA halted our perfect home record as we drew one all at the FTC.
Another tiresome outing away from Jinja ended in defeat as Vipers came from behind to march to a 2-1 win at St. Mary’s stadium.
However, the ultimate chance before the halfway mark came, and the 5-0 win over Maroons at home avenged our previous road collapse.
Fourteen games down, Fourteen to come, and we are second on the table with 27 points out of a possible 42.
As it stands, the Eastern Giants are in no way a write-off, and we can not be put out of the title discussion if we can thread the half term form to the second round.
Leading goal scorers
Thirteen players combined to produce BUL’s twenty four (24) goals; Karim Ndugwa leading with six and Richard Wandyaka following closely at a tally of four. Jerome Kirya, Vicent Zziwa as well as Ibrahim Kazindula have two goals individually.
Frank Kalanda, Ibrahim Nsimbe and Walter Ochora have one goal each, with Martin Aprem, Ronald Otti, Ivan Wani and Hillary Onek also sharing the same record.
Blacks Power will be the visitors when we begin the second round on February 10 at Fufa Technical Center before a trip to Bombo for a clash with the military side UPDF eleven days later.