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MATCH PREVIEW: BUL FC HOST BUSOGA UNITED IN JINJA DERBY

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Head coach Arthur Kyesimira speaks to players during a league game

MATCH: BUL FC VS BUSOGA UNITED

LEAGUE: UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE

DATE: APPRIL 24, 2021

VENUE: KYABAZINGA STADIUM BUGEMBE

KICK OFF TIME: 4:00PM

Arthur Kyesimira’s Eastern Giants will look to continue their much improved form  at home when they take on cross city rivals Busoga United at Kyabazinga Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

BUL FC have been clinical in recent home wins against Blacks Power and UPDF FC, netting seven goals over two dominant displays. And Kyesimira’s attackers will be determined to cause problems for United’s backline when they meet in the return leg of this season’s Jinja derby.

BUL and Busoga come into this mouthwatering clash on the back of  differing results during last time out.

While the Eastern Giants battled to a brilliant win over UPDF, thanks to Deogracious Ojok and Simon Oketch’s brace goals on Tuesday, Busoga United suffered heartbreak as Richard Matovu struck a cracker in the second half to condemn them to defeat against Kyetume at Nakisunga playground.

They are now three games without a win on the road.

Four points separate both sides. BUL FC sit 9th on the UPL table with 24 points. While for Busoga United, who are fighting for their lives, are in 13th place with 20 points, just four off the drop zone.

This will be the 10th league meeting between the two teams.

TEAM NEWS

Forward Joseph Semujju will miss the derby game tomorrow

Attacker Joseph Semujju and forward Hamis Tibita are ruled out of this tie with knock and knee injuries respectively. Striker Anwar Ntege and defender Bithum Douglas are also out of this contention.

Aggrey Madoi and Ambrose Kirya are still short of match fitness. The rest are available for selection

Coach’s comments

Head coach Arthur Kyesimira (M) stresses a point

“We are playing Busoga United a derby that we know we are the giants of football in Eastern Uganda and we want to be giants of football in Uganda. it’s for games like this that fans look for.”

“The first game we won 3-1, there were no fans in the stadium, tomorrow, some fans will be allowed in so its games like this that we want to play for our fans.”

“We are coming all out to win the game. We know Busoga have been on the run, they lost their last game but it doesn’t deny any other options. We have trained well, we are motivated and passionate and we hope for tomorrow’s win. Arthur Kyesimira Head coach

OUR LAST MEETING

Busoga United 1-3 BUL FC

The Eastern Giants majestically came away from FUFA Technical Center with a 3-1 win back in December 2020.

Joseph Semujju netted a hat trick on that day as Jerome Kirya scored a consolation, while Anthony Mayanja missed a penalty for the hosts.

KEY PLAYERS

BUL FC: Simon Peter Oketch

Simon Peter Oketch celebrating after scoring against UPDF in our last home game

Oketch is proving his worth in the attacking department while playing some of the best football of his career.

The fleet footed youngster has been a key element of  BUL’s presence in the final-third this season with a couple of vital assists and seven goals to his name.

KEY STATS

  • BUL FC have won four, drawn two and lost three league games at home (P9 W4 D2 L3)
  • The Eastern Giants have won three of their last four home games in all competitions and scored eleven goals in the run (W3 D1)
  • Kyesimira’s team has failed to score in only three home games – against Express, URA and Wakiso Giants.
  • BUL haven’t yet kept a clean sheet at home

HEAD TO HEAD

P9 W2 D5 L2

27-09-2016

Busoga United 0-0 BUL FC

07-03-2017

BUL FC 0-0 Busoga United

23-09-2017

Busoga United 1-1 BUL FC

21-04-2018

BUL FC 1-1 Busoga United

16-12-2018

Busoga United 2-2. BUL FC

10-04-2019

BUL FC 1-0 Busoga United

11-09-2019

BUL FC 0-3 Busoga United

01-02-2020

Busoga United 2-1 BUL FC

08-12-2020

Busoga United 1-3 BUL FC

LAST THREE HOME GAMES

  • BUL FC 3-1 Blacks Power
  • BUL FC 1-1 Kyetume
  • BUL FC 4-3 UPDF FC

BUSOGA’S LAST THREE AWAY GAMES

  • Vipers SC 3-0 Busoga United (UG Cup)
  • Vipers SC 4-0 Busoga United
  • Kyetume 1-0 Busoga United

OVERALL FORM

BUL FC                          Busoga United

19.                Games.          19

7.                   Won.                5

3.                   Drawn.            5

9.                   Lost.                9

25.                G. F.                 16

31.                G.A                   31

2.                  Clean sheets.  4

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