BUL Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Abbey Kikomeko Bogere as the club’s new head coach for the next three years.
Kikomeko joins the Eastern Giants from Mbale Heroes whom he led to FUFA big league promotion by beating Bukedea Central last season.
“We have taken Mr. Abbey Kikomeko on to be our new head coach for the senior team for the next three years,” Chairman Ronald Barente said during the unveiling function at the club headquarters in Masese, Jinja City.
“He is a very experienced coach, who has been in the Uganda Premier league and other competitions, and I am sure with the experience he has, he will take us to greater heights where we want to be.”
“He is a youthful coach known for grooming great talents in Jinja and the whole of Eastern region. With the things we want to achieve at this club, we thought wisely and zeroed on him as the best candidate for the job.”
A highly experienced top level tactcian who managed in the topflight league for more than five years, Kikomeko won Busoga United the FUFA big league title in the 2015/16 season before leading them to a fourth place finish in top division three years later.
“I am excited to be at BUL FC. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the country. I know I am now carrying a big load, so, I am not here for fun – I have come here to perform,” coach Kikomeko roared.
“I am interested in young boys and promoting players from within.”
“With the help of the technical team and the staff, I think we shall achieve.”
BUL football club routine fans engagement continued on Sunday January 15 at Bugembe stadium. This was the first meeting since 2023 started.
Chief executive officer Joseph Mutaka said growing the fan base rank high on his list of core issues to handle at the club since the first day he came into office.
I know it’s not an easy task to handle but I am destined to do bigger things. Handling fans has been a challenging area for my predecessors here since the inception of the club but routine engagement has seen their mindset change on how to approach things. I have outsourced some experts to speak to them and also help to build a better structure for their group. BUL fans group should be a lead example in Uganda Premier League that fans can be more than supporters during match days.
In line with making the fans’ groups flourish, a lot of ideas were put forward during the meeting – including new fan registration plan, formulation of fans Sacco, activation of fans sub committees but at first in Busoga sub region.
Researcher Muhammad Kizito who is also a keen follower of Ugandan football, heaped praise on the CEO’s move to often engage fans.
I follow football clubs in Uganda a lot but BUL FC is among the few clubs that engage fans on routine and to me it’s the best practice for any developing club,” Kizito said while addressing the fans. I want to commend CEO Joseph Mutaka for the job well done because he has maintained the pace with fans. Every club needs them since they are the blood in every club system to live. He invited me to share with you on how to grow the numbers and how to structure everything, and trust me BUL have initiated an important move today.
Researcher Mohammad Kizito
BUL fans chairman Bashir Omar Bagga was also in attendance together with other prominent supporters. It was the first brainstorming and fan engagement meeting of the many more to come in 2023.
Two goals from Nelson Senkatuka consigned BUL to another defeat at Bright Stars on Tuesday, the second loss this season after losing to Express three weeks ago.
With Vipers and KCCA FC winning their respective games, it means the Eastern Giants have slipped down to fourth on the table, and still at 17 points, four behind pace setters Wakiso Giants after nine rounds.
BUL FC starting line up against Bright Stars
It was a good start to the game for both teams as they almost had an even share of the proceedings inside the opening twenty minutes before we were forced off the road as the contest progressed.
Ibrahim Kazindula and Mugulusi beamed rays of hope on BUL with well executed corner kicks in the first half but they met keen defending from Asaph Mwebaze’s men, and a few moments later, Noordin Bunjo should have given the hosts an early lead from inside the box however his shot sailed over the bar.
Cheered on by their faithfuls, Bright Stars finally put a foot Infront when Ssenkatuka curled in a free kick, beating Emmanuel Kalyowa in BUL’s goal five minutes from halftime.
They then doubled their lead after the break through Senkatuka’s first time volley off Emmanuel Loki’s cross on 56 minutes to put the game beyond the Eastern Giants reach.
Alex Isabirye responded swiftly, making four changes to his side with Jerome Kirya, Ibrahim Nsimbe, Ivan Wani and Anthony Mayanja trusted to change the fortunes on the pitch.
Their coming provided a spark in the team as the Eastern Giants changed gear going forward but disciplined defending by Warren Buule and Andrew Kyambadde had the host’s two goal cushion unscathed.
Defender Hillary Onek
BUL to welcome table leaders – Wakiso Giants this Friday of December 2 at Fufa Technical Center in their next league action.
Starting XI: Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, Pascal Ngobi (Ivan Wani 60′), Douglas Muganga, Ibrahim Kazindula (Ibrahim Nsimbe 46′), Ibrahim Mugulusi (Jerome Kirya 60′), Martin Aprem, Hillary Onek, Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka (Anthony Mayanja 78′)
Unused substitutes: Saidi Keni (GK), George Kasonko, Aggrey Madoi.
BUL football club has advanced into the quarter finals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup after beating Bright Stars 4-3 on penalties on Tuesday.
Jerome Kirya missed his kick from the penalty mark during the shoot out but Aggrey Madoi, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Ibrahim Kazindula and Richard Wandyaka buried theirs in to ensure we progressed to the next round.
Ibrahim Nsimbe in action today
The game was tied at 2-2 by the end of the regular 90 minutes at Kavumba recreation grounds.
Karimu Ndugwa stretched his impressive scoring form with a brace to make it four goals in this competition just after two games, with his goal tally across all competitions also rising to six in eight matches for BUL.
Alex Isabirye’s side was in touching distance to the next stage within the 90 minutes, only to be pegged back by Nelson Senkatuka’s equaliser seven minutes from time.
Ndugwa put the Eastern Giants ahead after 25 minutes with a tap in off Ibrahim Kazindula’s rebound, but his effort was cancelled out by goalkeeper Derick Were on 55 minutes.
Karim Ndugwa fighting for the ball
The forward completed his brace on 77 minutes to restore our lead.
But the game would have another twist when Senkatuka rose highest to plant home a header past John Okurut to bring his side back into the game.
Either side failed to find a winning goal before the fulltime whistle, and as the competition’s rules state, the referee called for the penalty shoot out to separate the two teams.
Karim Ndugwa celebrating after scoring
Focus now returns to Uganda Premier League and Busoga United lies in wait this Friday at Kakindu stadium.
John Okurut, Richard Ayiko, Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora, Pascal Ngobi, Ibrahim Kazindula, Simon Peter Oketch (Jerome Kirya 63′), Karim Ndugwa, Ibrahim Nsimbe (Richard Wandyaka 73′), Martin Aprem (Ibrahim Mugulusi 90+), Hillary Onek (Aggrey Madoi 90+).
BUL football club have rolled back to the fourth position on the Uganda Premier League table after a 2-0 victory over Tooro United on Friday.
BUL FC starting line up against Tooro united
Simon Peter Oketch and Ibrahim Nsimbe scored the goals in the second half for the Eastern Giants as they moved to 36 points after 21 matches.
In the first half, BUL piled the pressure on their visitors but found it hard to go beyond Tooro’s deep lying and compact defensive line.
They came close in the second minute when Karim Ndugwa played into the path of Reagan Kalyowa but the youngster shot over the bar from inside the box.
Just a few moments later, Oketch spotted the run of Ndugwa in Tooro’s goal mouth and the forward played a cross cutting ball but Rashid Lubega cleared before Ndugwa had a boot on it.
Simon Peter Oketch celebrating after scoring
The Eastern Giants continued dominating the proceedings and they came close again on the 35th minute when Nsimbe calmed the ball on his chest inside the box before executing a volley but his effort went over the bar, and a minute later, the forward latched onto a long through ball from Ibrahim Kazindula but the Simon Mawiya in Tooro’s goal rushed off his line and grabbed it.
Tooro United struggled to create chances and had a few sniffs at goal in the opening half. Muhammed Ssenoga found his way into the box and sent a shot that forced goal keeper John Okurut to fumble before the rearguards cleared far.
Rashid Lubega shot straight to the goalkeeper in the 26th minute before Ssenoga failed to connect with an inviting cross in the box at half an hour.
Ibrahim Nsimbe and Simon Peter Oketch celebrating Nsimbe,s goal.
Ndugwa thought he had given BUL FC the lead one minute from the halftime whistle after finding the net with a low shot but the referee whistled for a foul in the build up.
The Eastern Giants were off to a hunt after the break and broke the deadlock with just four minutes into the second half.
Oketch zoomed into the box after picking a delightful ball from Nsimbe before slamming the ball home in the 49th minute.
Alex Isabirye’s side sealed the victory six minutes after the hour when Nsimbe scored his eighth goal of the campaign with a fine effort from inside the box.
With a 2-0 lead, BUL managed the game untill the final whistle.
The next engagement will be a tie with Bright Stars at the round of 16 of the Stanbic Uganda Cup on Tuesday next week at Kavumba recreation grounds.
BUL FC players applauding fans after the game
John Okurut, Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, George Kasonko (Ibrahim Mugulusi), Ibrahim Kazindula (Pascal Ngobi 82′), Simon Peter Oketch (Jerome Kirya 82′), Reagan Kalyowa (Hillary Onek), Martin Aprem, Ibrahim Nsimbe (Richard Wandyaka), Karim Ndugwa.
Wednesday sees a trip to Barifa grounds for our midweek fixture with Arua Hill SC. The reverse fixture between the two in December last year ended in a comprehensive 4-0 win for BUL football club
BUL FC players in last training ahead of Arua Hills tomorrow.
The Eastern Giants will enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 win over Wakiso Giants last Saturday while Arua Hill suffered a 3-1 away defeat to Vipers SC on the same afternoon.
BUL are feeling desperate to stretch their winning run and will potentially complete a double over their hosts.
To date, there have been eight wins, five draws and four losses for the Eastern Giants, and that is 29 points for Alex Isabirye’s side, just two behind third placed URA.
Richard Ayiko during training
One point separate the two teams as the Leopards are sat in 6th place on 28 points after eight victories, four draws and five losses from 17 matches.
This clash will be the second meeting between the two teams and a win for BUL FC will see them climb to third position on the table.
The team will continue to do without Jerome Kirya and Hillary Onek because of injuries. The duo were withdrawn with fractures in our encounter with Vipers a week back.
A twenty – man player squad is already in Arua and everyone is ready to feature on Wednesday.
What they said:
Coach Richard Bakabulindi:
Coach Kasule Baker during interview.
“We are here to compete. I believe we shall have a good show but putting in mind that Arua Hill is at home. Therefore, anything can happen but I believe in my team because everyone is fine, though we left two players in Jinja with injuries but we have suitable replacements for them.”
“I believe we are prepared enough. We thank our coaches and we promise our fans in Jinja and those in Arua that we will not disappoint you. Please be behind us because we are going to give our very best in the game and we hope we shall perform well.”
Last time out
February 12, 2022
BUL FC 2-0 Wakiso Giants
The Eastern Giants were 2-0 winners against Wakiso Giants last week on Saturday.
Goals in either half – from Richard Wandyaka and Simon Peter Oketch got BUL FC the three points after going three games without victory.
Wandyaka broke the deadlock with a header off Richard Ayiko’s teasing cross on 18 minutes before substitute Oketch sealed the win for the Eastern Giants with a beauty from range in the 90th minute.
December 28, 2021
After back to back draws, we bounced back to winning ways with a 4-0 beating of Arua Hill SC at Kyabazinga stadium to end their six-game unbeaten run in the league.
Musa Esenu calmly controlled the ball before beating Rogers Omedwa in the 18th minute to put BUL FC in the lead, and with just two minutes into the second half, he completed his brace before Ibrahim Nsimbe made it three on 54th minutes.
Ibrahim Kazindula whipped in freekick later to complete the rout.
BUL FC has won and drawn three games apiece to collect 12 points from the eight trips this campaign, 15 goals have been scored and 13 conceded across the eight matches.
The Eastern Giants have lost once in their last four away games but last won on the road in early December last year against Tooro United.
Isabirye’s side have been consistent scorers on foreign territories, finding the net in each of their away matches. They have also scored in each of their past six games overall.
Their last two visits to Arua city have seen them come out victors, 1-0 last season and 2-0 at the start of this term although playing against Kongolo’s neighbors – Onduparaka.
Arua Hill SC count 17 points from a possible 24 as a result of their five wins, two draws and one loss at home.
They have scored 13 goals as hosts and conceded only seven, and they have failed to score at Barifa grounds twice this season in a barren draw with Onduparaka and in a 0- 1 defeat to KCCA FC.
The Leopards have also won their last three home matches.
Naigaga Habiba will be the lady in the middle for Wednesday’s game, Okudra Emmanuel and Omunyira Mathias her assistants with Omara Paul the fourth official. Nagadya Catherine will be the referees assessor.
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BUL football club make a trip to Bombo military grounds this Wednesday to face UPDF FC in Uganda premier league with a return to winning ways on their minds.
Their run of two consecutive victories was not stretched last Friday when they were held to a goalless draw by Bright Stars at Kyabazinga stadium.
Alex Isabirye’s men struggled to make their mark against Bright Stars, but it has still been an excellent campaign to date for the Eastern Giants who have won 6, drawn three and lost two of their 11 matches to pick up 21 points.
BUL FC players applauding their fans.
A 3-1 loss to KCCA FC in early December is the only time they have failed to get at least a point away from home, and this incredible run of good form altogether has put them in third place, three positions and four points clear of their Wednesday hosts.
UPDF FC have won five, drawn two and lost four of their 11 matches this season to collect 17 points, which has left them in 7th position in the table.
13 points of their 17 have come from home but they have been on a two game winless run in the league heading into this match.
What they said
Team manager Alex Isabirye:
It will be a turf game because we lost 2-1 to UPDF last season at Bombo but we have prepared very well, players are in a good shape , we have only one suspended player that is Ibrahim Kanzindula and two injured players Hamis Tibiita and Ambrose Kirya the rest are ok and prepared for the game so we shall win the game.
Team manager Alex Isabirye and coach Baker during a league game.
Captain Saidi keni
we have prepared well and mastered all what coaches have taught us to do, and we have corrected the mistakes we made in the last game and therefore we expect to win the game tomorrow.
Saidi keni warming up for a game
Last time out.
December 17, 2021
BUL FC 0-0 Bright Stars.
Surely the Eastern Giants were unfortunate not to clinch the three points on the day after Richard Wandyaka missed a penalty before half time in a game that had limited opportunities. The mid fielder’s effort from the penalty spot was saved by goalkeeper Simon Tamale in the 38th minute. The second period as well was a copy of the first half as both teams failed to convert the few available chances in the game and the encounter climaxed in a barren stalemate.
UPDF FC lost 2-1 away to Arua Hill SC on their last outing.
Head to Head
P8 W4 D0 L4
Both teams have met eight times since 2015 without drawing any game. However, there has been four wins for each side.
April 20, 2021
BUL FC 4-3 UPDF FC
The last meeting between these sides saw the Eastern Giants disarm UPDF in an exciting affair at Kyabazinga stadium that produced an own goal and two penalties.
Deogracious Ojok put BUL FC ahead as early as the third minute through a penalty kick following a foul on Simon Peter Oketch, and the latter also scored on the 21st minute to give us a two goal cushion.
Ramathan Dudu however scored at the wrong end to reduce the deficit for UPDF before the break, and with just two minutes into the second half, former Eastern Giant – Ezekiel Katende struck the equaliser for the army side barely a minute after replacing Brian Kalumba.
Oketch again turned provider on the hour mark to allow Ojok restore our lead but the visitors were also awarded a penalty five minutes later which Brian Kayanja shot in to equalise again for UPDF.
Fortunately, the day was to be ours as Oketch scored what proved to be the match winner ten minutes from time and the Eastern Giants closed shop until the final whistle for maximum points
Previous four encounters
September 27, 2017
BUL FC 2-0 UPDF FC
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
This fixture has produced a winner in all the 8 matches since 2015, and 25 goals have been scored across those games, with BUL FC having a lion share of 13.
BUL have lost once in their last 9 matches
Isabirye’s men have won three games and drawn and lost one a piece on the road this term.
The Eastern Giants have conceded 10 goals this season with seven happening from foreign territories.
Only KCCA (12) and Vipers (13) better their 10 points tally from travels this campaign.
They have scored 19 goals in 11 outings,10 have been manufactured away from home.
UPDF FC is the second best side at home, collecting 13 points from a possible 15, only KCCA (15) has collected more than them
The army side has won four home games, and they have scored 8 and conceded only 4 goals across the five home matches.
However, they have lost their last two games – 1-0 and 2-1 to Wakiso Giants and Arua Hill SC respectively.
And they have also won once in four games against sides above them on the table, a 1-0 win over Express in October.
This match will have Madanda Ronald in the center. His first and second assistant will be: Mafumu Mustapha and Magoola Ashraf in that order. Odoi David will be the reserve referee while Nattabi Harriet will serve as their 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 later.
BUL Football Club will be out to make it three wins in a row when they welcome Bright Stars to Kyabazinga stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Eastern Giants swiftly returned to their winning touch with two comfortable victories over Busoga and Tooro United since losing away to KCCA FC at the start of December, while their visitors settled for 0-0 draw with Arua Hill SC last time out.
BUL currently sit in third place, level on 20 points with second placed Vipers SC but six points behind log leaders KCCA. At Kyabazinga stadium, the Eastern Giants have taken 10 out of a possible 15 points available.
Bright Stars stretched their winless run to three last Friday and it is just one victory in nine outings for the Wakiso outfit who sit in 14th going into this match. Away from Kavumba recreational ground, Bright Stars have collected only one point in this campaign. This will be the 17th meeting between the two sides.
Besides the long term absentees – Ambrose Kirya and Hamis Tibita, Alex Isabirye doesn’t have any new serious injury to contend with.
What they said
Team Manager Alex Isabirye:
“The game will not be easy. We lost to Bright Stars 1-0 last season so I am expecting another battle tomorrow.
Fortunately, the captain is back and all the players are ready for the game.
I always tell you that we are trying to compete this season not just participating. Therefore, I am expecting the team to win because we really need those three points.“
Team manager – Alex Isabirye
Captain George Kasonko:
“We are well prepared and we expect to win the game tomorrow. The game is at home but being at home doesn’t mean that we have already got the three points. It will require us to work hard and as a unit for us to win the game.“
Captain George Kasonko warming up with team mates before the KCCA FC game
Last time out
Friday December 10
The Eastern Giants raced to a 3-1 victory over Tooro United at Buhinga stadium. After falling behind early in the game, Ibrahim Kazindula, Walter Ochora and Ibrahim Nsimbe quickly responded with first half goals to tame the hosts.
The home team began the contest on a high, scoring in the 8th minute through a Marvin Ashaba penalty following a foul on Ronald Mubiru by Richard Ayiko in the box.
However, their celebrations were short lived as the Eastern Giants equalised eight minutes later through Kazindula.
Ochora added another goal for BUL FC on the 28th minute before Nsimbe made it 3-1 on the stroke of halftime. But goals were hard to come by in the second half despite the several efforts from both teams to find the net.
Head to Head
P16 W3 D5 L8
There have been 16 matches between the two teams, BUL has won three games to Bright Stars’ eight while five games have been draws.
May 15, 2021
BUL FC 0-1 Bright Stars
The sides’ most recent encounter came in may 2021, a match in which Bright Stars proved again to be a thorn in BUL FC’s foot. Defender Derrick Ngobi scored in the second minute to earn his side a 1-0 win at Kyabazinga stadium– a game in which they had Andrew Kaggwa sent off for a foul on Thomas Kabaale.
A minute after going behind, the Eastern Giants got a chance to equalise but Walter Ochora declined to put his free header on target. BUL however continued to press in search of a leveler but goalkeeper Tamale Simon stood tall throughout the game to deny us at least a point.
Last four meetings
October 29, 2019
BUL FC 1-1 Bright Stars
January 10, 2020
Bright Stars 1-0 BUL FC
March 10, 2021
Bright Stars 0-2 BUL FC
May 15, 2021
BUL FC 0-1 Bright Stars
This fixture has seen 16 games since 2013 and 27 goals have been scored across the course of those games, with BUL FC netting 13 times.
The ties involving these two teams have produced at least a goal except on two occasions – the barren draws of April 2014 and March 2016.
BUL FC count three victories over their visitors in eight years and two have come at home
They have this term won three games, drawn and lost one a piece from their territory.
At Kyabazinga stadium, the Eastern Giants have scored nine goals and conceded only three.
Isabirye’s men have also scored eight goals in their last two games
However, they have lost four matches since 2013 while playing home to Bright Stars.
But Bright Stars have lost four times in their last five games, conceding 10 goals and scoring only four across those matches.
They haven’t won a game on the road.
Mpyangu Siraji will be the man in the center. He will be assisted by Muyaga Khalid
and Kakembo Ahmed as the first and second assistant referees respectively.
Olemu Geroge will serve as the fourth official while Kubingi Margret will be their assessor.
How to follow the game?
The official BUL FC communication channels will provide comprehensive coverage of the game. Minute by minute updates will be available on all our social media platforms
BUL Football Club is still unbeaten in their away games after clinching a 2-1 victory over ten men SC Villa at FUFA Technical Center on Tuesday afternoon, thanks to Musa Esenu’s first half brace.
The forward opened the scoring on the 28th minute before completing his double one minute from the break to push his goal tally this season to three.
The Eastern Giants dominated much of the game and should have scored a few more. Esenu got close to scoring more for several times and Hilary Onek missed by an inch from range.
SC Villa’s Oscar Mawa was sent off for an intentional heavy foul on Aggrey Madoi, but despite the Jogoos going down to ten men on the stroke of half time, BUL were unable to fashion more clear cut chances in the second period.
Richard Ayiko replaced Madoi because he was unwell and this set tone for more substitutions.
Ivan Wani and Richard Wandyaka entered the fray seven minutes off the hour mark as did Simon Peter Oketch and Dickson Niwamanya for Ibrahim Mugulusi and Ibrahim Nsimbe a quarter hour to the final whistle, but instead, it was the hosts who found the net.
Isaac Ogwanga pulled one back for the Jogoos but they couldn’t complete the comeback as the Eastern Giants secured their fourth win of the season to move to third on the table with 13 points.
BUL’s next showdown will be a Jinja derby with Gaddafi FC on Sunday
BUL FC Starting XI
Saidi Keni, Aggrey Madoi (Richard Ayiko), Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora, George Kasonko, Jerome Kirya, Hilary Onek, Joseph Semujju (Ivan Wani), Ibrahim Mugulusi (Simon Oketch), Ibrahim Nsimbe (Dickson Niwamanya), Musa Esenu
Emmanuel Kalyowa, Umar Mukobe, Simon Peter Oketch, Richard Ayiko, Richard Wandyaka, Dickson Nuwamanya, Ivan Wani
BUL Football Club scored a 85th minute equaliser to earn a point against URA FC, after it looked like the hosts would walk away with all the three points.
The tax collectors led 1-0 at the break thanks to Steven Mukwala’s early strike three minutes into the game. They then added a second immediately after the the interval through Shafik Kagimu but the Eastern Giants responded henceforth with Musa Esenu slotting home in the 58th minute to reduce the deficit.
It looked like URA would hold on and claim the win but Joseph Ssemujju who was in his first game this season after taking up Ibrahim Nsimbe’s place on the hour mark stepped up and dispatched a penalty to level the game with five minutes left on the clock.
“I am happy that we made a come back and earned a point. We could have won this game but we missed a lot of opportunities,” team manager Alex Isabirye said after the game.
“We conceded those two goals out of our own mistakes, therefore, we are going to re organise to see that we get better results in our next game.”
With this result, the Eastern Giants retained their fourth place on the log with 10 points, six behind pacesetters KCCA FC after five matches, and play SC Villa next in another trip on Tuesday.
BUL FC Starting XI
Saidi Keni (G.K), Aggrey Madoi, Douglas Muganga, Richard Ayiko, George Kasonko, Jerome Kirya, Hilary Onek, Fredson Gwoto, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Ibrahim Nsimbe, Martin Aprem,
Emmanuel Kalyowa, Umar Mukobe, Joseph Ssemujju, Walter Ochora, Richard Wandyaka, Dickson Niwamanya, Musa Esenu