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MATCH PREVIEW: BUL FC VS BRIGHT STARS

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BUL FC celebrating after scoring a goal

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.

Team News

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

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There have been 16 matches between the two teams, BUL has won three games to Bright Stars’ eight while five games have been draws.

Previous Meeting

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

Match Facts

  • 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.

Match Officials

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

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