TOM IKARA SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH BUL

Goalkeeper Tom Ikara has signed a new two year contract with BUL, keeping him at the club until at least June 2026.

Ikara joined the Eastern Giants in 2022 and his performances so far have been sheer impressive as he has kept six clean sheets in just 13 games of the first round of this current season.

Tom Ikara said;

“It has been a privilege to spend almost two years at this club and the chance to continue my career at BUL FC is a genuine honor. Since I arrived here, my career has taken a great path and my progress is clearly visible. Now my future is sorted, all I want is to help this team achieve and win trophies that we can win, together.”

“As one of the goalkeepers here, I surely want to repay the club for all of the care that they have shown me during the good times and the bad, and for all the trust they have in me, and that means playing well consistently and winning games for the team.”

“I truly believe that BUL FC can win whatever there is to win in this country and I am committed to continue working hard to see this becomes a reality.”

Coach Abbey Kikomeko said:

“I am delighted that Ikara has committed his future to the club. Not only this season but Ikara has over time proved to be among the best goalkeepers in the country and he is an important part of our plans as we look to take BUL to greater heights.”

“His outstanding qualities provide the perfect cornerstone to our defense as he represents everything you want in a goalkeeper.”

“As a player, he is very determined and hungry to achieve, so we are looking forward to working together to meet those ambitions.”

KIRYA SIGNS NEW BUL CONTRACT

We can announce that midfielder Jerome Kirya has signed a two-year contract extension with BUL FC, committing himself to the Eastern Giants at least until July 2026.His running contract was due to expire in June this year.

“I am really pleased to have agreed and signed a new contract with BUL FC,” Kirya said.

“I was always sure I wanted to stay here for a long time and was also sure the club wanted me to stay.”

“Everything was peaceful, and now we can fully concentrate on what is already looking like a great season.”

BUL FC coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere said he was pleased to have tied down one of the team’s top players to a long deal.

“Kirya is without doubt a key part of BUL’s future,” he said.

“His performances since he joined the club clearly prove this.”

‘We always wanted him to sign, we agreed and now it all signed. We can now look forward to two more great years with him.”

Jerome Kirya joined the Eastern Giants in July 2021 and guided the club to a fourth place league finish for the first time in the 2021/2022 season, and also won the Uganda cup in that very campaign.

AMOS KIRYA JOINS FROM GADDAFI

We are delighted to announce the signing of Amos Kirya from Gaddafi FC on a two year contract.

The flashy winger shone to fame with Jinja Municipal Council, then joined MYDA FC before transferring to the Soldier Boys two years ago. Kirya scored two goals for Gaddafi by the half way mark of this running season.

“Glory be to God who enabled me join BUL FC. I am joining this club because it’s ambitious and the best. Everyone wants to win and this is where I thought I can achieve that from,” Kirya said.

“I am a winger and expect to create and score as many goals as I can to keep the club at the top.”

Coach Abbey Kikomeko said;

“I have been monitoring him in the FUFA drum and he has been such a good player even in the league games he has played.”

“He has been in the league for about two seasons and I think his experience will help us in the second round.”

“I expect a lot from him because he is fast and good on the ball, and with the kind of the other players we have upfront and the kind of the game we play, he will give us more scoring opportunities in the final third and I believe we shall get more goals in the second round as compared to the first.”

Welcome to the Eastern Giants AMOS KIRYA

BUL SIGN IBRAHIM ORIT

BUL football club is delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Ibrahim Orit from Arua Hill. Orit has signed a two year contract with the Eastern Giants.

The 26 – year-old Uganda Cranes international contributed seven goals and two assists in the course of three seasons at Vipers, helping the club win four trophies – two Uganda premier league titles and two Uganda cups.

Orit was also a diligent servant of Mbarara City where he made 30 assists and scored eight goals in three years.

He has made about five appearances for the senior national team, scoring for the Uganda Cranes in the 5-2 defeat against Morocco in the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in January 2021.

He is a winger who often cuts in from the left but has at many times played on the right and off the main striker.

“BUL is a good club with big ambitions as they have been fighting for the title for the last three seasons,” Orit said after signing.

“Have a good collection of talent, and if we blend well with what I bring to the table, we shall win trophies.”

“As a winger, I will put in all I can and create opportunities for the strikers.”

Coach Abbey Kikomeko said;

“We were lacking an experienced midfielder; we only had Jerome Kirya who was overloaded in that he had to play almost all the games and looked like getting tired.”

“So, we needed to beef up our midfield department and Ibrahim Orit was the best choice for the task.”

“He has got the experience that we need having played in the topflight and for big teams before. I think he can give us a push in front and I believe we are in a better position for the title hunt come the second round.”

 

Orit began his career at Aloet primary school in Soroti before he was registered by fourth division club Odudwi FC in 2013.

After playing for them for one season, he joined Soroti Garage FC which transferred him to Junior Eagles in 2015.

His career kept on shaping well and in 2016, he was signed by North East regional league side Future Stars.

However, the defining moment in his career arrived in 2017 when he was scouted and signed by Mbarara City in the Uganda premier league.

After three good seasons with the Ankole Lions, he joined Vipers in 2020 before he signed for Arua Hill after the expiry of his contract with the venoms last year.

In September 2019, Orit got his first ever national team call up when he was summoned for the Uganda Cranes locally based team to play against West Nile select team in the regional tour, in Adjumani. Uganda Cranes won 3-0 with him scoring on the evening.

MUSA ESENU RETURNS

Speedy striker Musa Esenu has returned to BUL FC on a two year contract from Rayon Sport of Rwanda.

Esenu played for BUL for three years before leaving for the Rwandan club in January 2022.

As a key member of the team, he guided the Eastern Giants to the first ever Uganda cup final in which he also served as a makeshift goalkeeper.

Excited and grinning from ear to ear, Esenu said;

“I am so privileged to have this opportunity to return to the place I call home. I had offers elsewhere but I said no, I have to return home because I feel very happy when here. This is where I feel the sense of belonging and peace, and I have a couple of colleagues here.”

“BUL gave me the opportunity to play abroad yet I still had a contract but when I talked to them, they allowed me to move and showcase my talent which I surely did. So, that is another thing I considered because they were there for me, they cared for me and they supported me unconditionally.”

“Now I come back with a bag of experience because I was a winner in Rwanda. So the experience I got elsewhere will help me work hard, put in all the efforts and work hand in hand with the technical team, and I believe we shall achieve more.”

“I have been keenly following the club ever since I left and the performance over the years has been impressive. So with the colleagues I have found here, and with a collective effort from everyone at the club, I believe we shall be champions Insha Allah.”

Coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere said;

“I welcome Musa Esenu back home. He is one of the players I trained since senior one. I saw his potential when he was still young. Now that he is joining the big club BUL for the second time, he is most welcome.”

“He is one of the strikers that Uganda had some years back and I am certain he is coming back with goals.”

 “Surely if Esenu is in good conditions, he can score goals. I cannot say that he will score such and such a number of goals or 100 but as long as he scores for me and we take the league, that will be enough and it is what I am after.”

“And I think he has come to score not to waste time. He has comeback to prove that he is Musa Esenu.”

“Therefore, his presence is going to beef up our striking line that already has the likes of Alex Kitata and Gerald Ogweti, and I think we are going to have a better competition.”

Esenu scored 21 league goals for Rayon Sport, with his seven goals in the peace cup helping the club win the competition in October last year.

He has previously played for Soana (now Tooro United), KCCA FC, Vipers SC and Busoga United in Uganda.

Welcome back home SIMBA!!

THREE PLAYERS LEAVE BUL

BUL FC can announce that three players – Samuel Kayongo Ssekamatte, Richard Ayiko and Joshua Okiror have agreed to end ties with the club on mutual grounds.
Richard Ayiko was one of the standout performers for BUL when we finished fourth in the league for the very first time and also crowned winners of the Uganda cup in the 2021/22 season.
Forward Samuel Ssekamatte has been with the Eastern Giants since January last year but has decided to seek new pastures elsewhere.
We would like therefore to wish all three the very best of luck for the future, and in the case of Richard Ayiko and Samuel Ssekamatte, we thank them for their efforts with the Eastern Giants. Good Luck!

BUL SIGN FREDRICK NGALO

Fredrick Ngalo has completed a permanent transfer to BUL FC from Busoga United, signing a two year contract with the Eastern Giants.

The right back cum central defender has been a regular in the Uganda premier league, and already boasts significant experience in top flight competitions where he has featured for Busoga United for the past two and a half seasons.

Ngalo is an assertive defender in the air but equally comfortable with the ball at his talented nimble feet, capable of playing short passes out from the back or switching play with accurate long diagonals. His admirable skills on the ball and blistering speed are key attributes and he has experience in a back four, back three, at the right back and the right wing back.

“Every player admires to be part of BUL FC. The team is organized, ambitious with good objectives, the coaches are top notch and the working environment is sheer super fine,” Ngalo said after putting pen to paper.

“As a player who wants to further my playing career and who wants to become a great player, this is the best ground and team that I thought and believed I should be party to reach the heights I want to reach.”

“Therefore I am excited because of this huge opportunity presented to join the biggest team in Uganda, and I am happy to be part of the BUL FC family.”

“I have found BUL on top and that means I must work hard to see that the colleagues and I maintain it there or even push it higher to achieve the club’s ambitions.”

 “And as a defender, I have come to do my job, and that is defending well. For any team to win the league title it should first be able to win its games and that for many times depends on how we defenders play. So, I will defend well to see that we win our matches.”

Coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere said;

“Looking at my defense line, I had problems at the right back. Hillary Onek is there but once he gets injured, we get challenges in filling up the gap. So we looked around and identified Ngalo Fredrick at Busoga United.”

“When you look at his structure, his abilities, pace and everything, I think he can help us beef our defense line. Ngalo also has the ability of creating goals, and I think when given chance to play, he will create for us chances and that is why we have brought him.”

Ngalo began shaping his career around 2016, featuring in the Jinja district football leagues – fourth and the fifth division with Walukuba West before going to Edgars FC in 2018. During his four-year stint with the Kampala side, he was chanced to play in the Kampala FA third division which put him in a fit state for the high profile teams and competitions.

His conspicuous excellent performances in the regional league caught the eye of coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere who was then at the helm of Busoga United, thus transferring to the Uganda premier league side midway of 2021, and has been a constant figure there since then.

Ngalo, Welcom to the Eastern Giants.

BUL DRAWS SIMBA IN UGANDA CUP ROUND OF 64

The second most prestigious competition in Ugandan football, the Stanbic Uganda cup, is now heading into the round of 64 with a trip to Namulonge, Gayaza awaiting BUL FC.

The Eastern Giants, winners of the competition in 2022, have been drawn against Simba in a draw held at Sheraton hotel in Kampala on Monday.

Simba will host the tie between 18th and 31st January, 2024.

They reached the round of 64 after outclassing Sparks SC 4-2 on penalties following a two all draw in normal time, in the Buganda region qualifiers.

 

 

BUL are here by virtue of being a Uganda premier league club. They were unfortunate to lose to Police FC in the quarter finals last season but they will fancy their chances this time, aiming to replicate their feat of 2022 in the competition.

CAPACITY BUILDING: BUL FC CEO OBTAINS DIPLOMA IN FOOTBALL MANAGEMENT

BUL’s chief executive officer Joseph Mutaka recently achieved a remarkable milestone as he graduated with a diploma in football administration and management.

CEO Mutaka (center) during the graduation function

Mutaka at the same time with forty two other football administrators completed a football administration and management course level II (FAMACOII) offered by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) last year, thereby enhancing their knowledge in managing football operations.

The extensive 400-hour course discussed various modules including; governance (encompassing leadership, association/club models and management, venues, and events), football as a sport (addressing sporting structures, infrastructure and youth development, coaching and refereeing perspectives), and football as a business (covering marketing, branding, revenue generation, finance management, communication, and matchday organization).

To mark their success and completion of the enriching course, their graduation ceremony was held on 5th January at Jevine Hotel in Kampala, and was graced by scholarly football authorities – namely; the first FUFA vice president Justus Mugisha, FUFA deputy chief executive officer in charge of football – Kizza Decolas and director of football development at FUFA – Ali Mwebe. The FUFA executive secretary Ronnie Kalema was also in attendance.

Mutaka’s successful completion of the course demonstrates his commitment to honing his skills in football administration and management, and BUL will without doubt benefit from his newly acquired knowledge and expertise.

Congratulations CEO.

FOUR BUL PLAYERS CALLED UP FOR NATIONAL DUTY

BUL FC players – Nicholas Mwere, Alex Kitata, Tom Ikara and Joel Mutakubwa have been named to the Uganda Cranes provisional roster for its international friendly match against Kuwait on Friday, Jan.19 in Cairo, Egypt.

The four have been in fine form for the Eastern Giants during the first round of the Uganda premier league and it would have been surprising if the Uganda Cranes head coach Paul Put did not include them on the national team’s 25 man squad that was made public on Monday.

Nicholas Mwere

Mwere, 22, earns his second national team call up. The first came at the time the national side played Buganda region select in August last year. He has three goals and five assists at the moment in the league.

Goalkeeper Ikara is looking like the player he was five years ago, with his perfect snap shot stopping abilities and excellent game reading making him BUL’s number one between the uprights. He has so far kept six clean sheets.

Tom Ikara

Alex Kitata is another player who has improved in lips and bounds since joining the Eastern Giants, establishing himself as one of the most lethal forwards in Uganda and has dominated the strikers’ discussions by any sound football fanatic in the country. He has eight goals and four assists to his name at the present.

Alex Kitata

Mutakubwa has been a regular figure in the national team colors, and is part of the pillars that have seen BUL lead the table.

They will join the other summoned players for the residential camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel, Kisasi on 11th January 2024.

Uganda Cranes full squad

Artwork by FUFA Media