Tuesday March 01, 2022
Uganda Premier League
Kick off: 4PM
Fresh from advancing to the last 16 of the Stanbic Uganda Cup, BUL football club return to Uganda premier league action with the visit of UPDF FC to Kyabazinga stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Eastern Giants come into the game off the back of an away victory over Busoga United last week and will hope to build upon an improved run of form, as shown by the incredible positive results in their past three matches.
BUL have lost just once in their last five matches and they are currently fourth in the table with 30 points to show for their eight wins, six draws and four losses so far this season.
UPDF, who have not won in their last nine league games, are currently 9th in UPL, eight points behind the Eastern Giants. The army side has won five, drawn seven and lost six of their 18 matches.
UPDF have not actually won in the top flight league since a 2-1 success over Bright Stars in December last year, while they have scored just three times in their last four league fixtures.
This will be the tenth meeting between the two sides. Victory for BUL will not cause any change in our league standings but the team will cut the points gap from third placed URA FC to one.
In his pre match briefing, Alex Isabirye confirmed that Pascal Ngobi and Ibrahim Mugulusi will not be involved in tomorrow’s game after they sustained injuries against Busoga United last Friday.
Jerome Kirya and Hillary Onek remain sidelined for this fixture.
What they said
Team manager Alex Isabirye:
“It’s not good to play against a team that has gone long with out winning. UPDF may make the game hard for us but we are going to work hard to win because we are also not ranking well on the table.”
“There are four players who are out of this game because of injuries but we have suitable replacements for them.”
“We are still teaching our players to win game after game which I believe will help us achieve something by next season. Therefore, I am confident we can win the game with the players available although they are a good team but we can play against them and also win the game because we are well prepared.”
Simon Peter Oketch :
“UPDF FC is a strong team but we are at home and well prepared to win the game. Our fans should come and give us the necessary support tomorrow.”
Head to Head
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There have been nine matches between the Eastern Giants and the army side.
The fixture has seen four victories for each side and a draw since 2015.
Last time out
February 25, 2022.
Busoga United 0-3 BUL FC ( Uganda Cup)
BUL football club qualified to the round of 16 of the Uganda Cup after defeating Busoga United 3-0 at Kakindu stadium last Friday.
Karim Ndugwa bagged a brace, with his first goal coming on the 23rd minute before he added the second goal thirteen minutes later.
Walter Ochora swept in the third goal on the stroke of full-time to seal the victory that ensured BUL FC booked a place in the last 16 of this year’s edition of the stanbic Uganda Cup.
December 23, 2021
UPDF FC 1-1 BUL FC
The two sides shared the points for the first time in nine meetings since 2015.
Musa Esenu scored on 12 minutes to give BUL FC the halftime lead following a through pass from Ibrahim Mugulusi.
UPDF could have equalised on the stroke of halftime but Ivan Ahimbisibwe over hit his shot and it went wild. He later made amends when he received the ball from Herbert Abantu to equalise for his side on the 79th minute.
Simon Peter Oketch was denied by Brian Bwete in UPDF’s goal before Saidi Keni made a late one-on-one save from Rogers Mugisha for each team to march away with a point.
Previous four encounters
April 24, 2018
UPDF FC 0-3 BUL FC
December 12, 2020
UPDF FC 2-1 BUL FC
April 20, 2021
BUL FC 4-3 UPDF FC
December 23, 2021
UPDF FC 1-1 BUL FC
This fixture has produced a winner in eight of the nine meetings since 2015, and 26 goals have been scored across those games, with BUL FC having a lion share of 14.
BUL FC have won five games and drawn and lost two a piece to collect 17 points at home this term
The Eastern Giants have conceded 21 goals this season with only six happening at Kyabazinga stadium
Isabirye’s men are unbeaten in their last three matches in all competitions, winning two and drawing the other.
They have also scored in each of their last eight fixtures in all competitions, with 17 goals there to show for that feat.
BUL is also unbeaten in their last two meetings with UPDF
UPDF FC have managed to gather only six points away from home after winning once, drawing twice and posting five losses from their nine trips this campaign.
Their only win on the road was a 4-2 victory against rock bottom side Tooro United in November last year.
Though unbeaten in their last four games, they have not been able to win any of their last immediate nine consecutive matches. Their last victory was a 2-1 home win over Bright Stars in early December last year.
They have scored 12 goals and conceded a whopping 20 across those games.
Waiswa Muzamiru has been appointed to handle this encounter. Mafumu Mustapha and Oriada Hakim as his first and second assistant respectively. Kavuma Vincent will be the fourth official while Batte Dennis the referee assessor.
Text updates of the game will run on all our social media platforms. The match report will be available on our website and the match highlights will be uploaded on our YouTube channel