Friday February 10, 2023
Uganda Premier League
FUFA Technical Center
The Eastern Giants begin the second round of the Startimes Uganda premier league action on Friday with a clash against Blacks Power at the Fufa Technical Center in Njeru.
BUL opened our 2022/23 league campaign at the Aki Bua stadium in October last year against the same opponents, and a rampant Alex Isabirye side swept Blacks Power aside with a clinical 5-0 win thanks to goals from Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka and Jerome Kirya.
The victory set tone for the Eastern Giants’ fantastic run in the opening half of the season as we went on to win seven more games and registered three draws to sit second on the table with 27 points despite losing three matches in the process.
But we are set to meet a new looking side as per the fact that Blacks Power have since changed the man in charge and also called changes in the playing staff. Former BUL coach Peter Onen was replaced by Hussein Mbalangu shortly after that hard fall in October, and their new man was backed in the midseason transfer window with ten new signings with former Eastern Giant Abdul Malik Vitalis Tabu also joining them.
Out of the eleven matches in charge, Mbalangu’s side has been victorious just twice and lost five times with four stalemates, meaning they still face hardships in collecting points and have since failed to steer far away from the red zone because their eleven (11) points can only lift them to 12th place on the 15-team log. Their record against the Eastern Giants is awful too.
Striker Karim Ndugwa quit BUL in January. Nevertheless, viable replacements flew in and they will be encouraged by our 100% flashy record against the visitors.
The sides come into this match on the back of 1-0 wins which allowed them to progress to the round of 32 in the Uganda cup at the expense of their opponents. Friday’s clash is going to be the fourth meeting between the two teams across all competitions.
Goalkeeper Emmanuel Kalyowa will sit out this one because of an injury, and remains the only absentee for tomorrow’s game.
Blacks Power under Mbalangu has been a hard nut to cruck however Alex Isabirye said he expects some bit of a challenge but he has prepared his men well and he is also leaning on the home advantage to get the job done.
“Despite beating them 5-0 in our first meeting in October, this time we are playing against a team that has a new coach and many new players, therefore, the game will not be the same,” he said on Thursday.
“But we are at home and we need to get those three points.”
“There are some points we lost in the first round but we need to see that we don’t repeat the same. The weaknesses we had in the first round have been worked on and I think we are now ready to deliver, and I think the players know what is required to stay in the second position on the table.”
Ronald Otti Said;
“Tomorrow’s game is quite a difficult one and it is going to be a hard task since we beat them in the first game. They will come with revenge on their minds.”
“We haven’t lost at home this season, with the 1-1 draw against KCCA the only time we have dropped points in our yard. So, maintaining our winning home record is another task we have tomorrow.”
“But we have had enough time since we broke off in December and everyone is now ready for the second round.”
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In the three games the two team have played before, BUL won all of them.
Last three encounters
Blacks Power 0-2 BUL FC (Uganda Cup)
BUL FC 3-1 Blacks Power (Uganda Cup)
October 1, 2022
Blacks Power 0-5 BUL FC
BUL have the second-best home record in the league after winning six and drawing one to gather 19 points from a possible 21 in seven home matches.
The Eastern Giants have also scored fifteen goals at home and conceded only three, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
The run has stretched our unbeaten home record to 14 league matches, producing eleven wins since early February last year.
Of the 11 goals in the last three games between the two teams, BUL have ten (10) to their account.
Blacks Power have lost all their last three games against BUL, scoring one goal – 2-0 (2021), 3-1 (2021), and 5-0 (2022).
They are one of the worst travelers this campaign, having collected only five points from a possible 21 in seven away engagements.
They have not won in their last five league games, with their last victory coming against UPDF in November.
Kasalirwe Lucky has been trusted to oversee this clash from the center. He will be assisted by Okello Lee and Osire Juma as the first and second assistant referees respectively. Naigaga Habiba will be the fourth official while Kubingi Margaret will serve as the referee’s assessor. Serwanga Lwanga Isaa will be the match coordinator.
There will be a live coverage of the match on television as well as text commentary of the action via our social media channels.
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