Uganda Premier League
Kick off: 4PM
It’s the Eastern Giants versus the Tax collectors on Monday evening as fourth placed BUL football club host second placed URA FC in a mouth watering clash at Kyabazinga stadium.
BUL FC go into the game looking to build on the recent back to back draws over Busoga United and Mbarara City, and with just seven matches remaining, it’s an important three points up for grabs as the Eastern Giants look to cement a top four finish this season.
Alex Isabirye’s men have recorded ten victories, eight draws and five losses from 23 matches to date, with 38 points there to be shown for that feat.
URA come into the game with a seven game unbeaten streak, while their last defeat can only be traced two months back when they lost 1-0 away to KCCA FC in early February.
Both sides settled for a two all draw on their first meeting in November. Steven Mukwala opened the deadlock for URA, Shagik Kagimu extended their advantage after the interval but BUL FC responded with a resilient show as Musa Esenu and Joseph Semujju struck in the second half to draw the game level.
This will be the 22 meeting between the two teams.
Pascal Ngobi will miss this encounter because of suspension but there is some good news. Goal keeper Saidi Keni is working on his way to recovery and will be subjected to a late fitness test to see if he can feature tomorrow.
What they said:
Team Manager – Alex Isabirye:
This is another tough game. URA is ahead of us with five points clear. Therefore, we need to work hard and try to reduce that gap. We have gone two matches without a win but this time we are at home and well prepared. So, I believe we shall win the game.
Richard Wandyaka said that, ” we expect to win the game because we are so much prepared,” and asked the fans to turn up in big numbers.
Last time out
March 28, 2022
Mbarara City 1-1 BUL FC – Kakyeka Stadium
BUL FC played out a one all draw with Mbarara City at Kakyeka Stadium last Monday.
Solomon Okwalinga put the Ankole Lions in front with a first half strike but Ibrahim Nsimbe scored late on 79 minutes to deny them maximum points.
Henry Kitegenyi should have put Mbarara City ahead in the early moments of the contest but put his effort from inside the box over the bar.
Okwalinga finally headed the hosts into the lead off Steven Othieno’s cross on the stroke of half time.
Five minutes after the break, Seiri Arigumaho failed to convert his chance as he shot straight at Emmanuel Kalyowa while through on goal.
And Nsimbe showed him how to score with a well-deserved equalizer for BUL FC eleven minutes from time.
Head to Head
There have been 21 league meetings between BUL FC and URA since November 2011, resulting in two BUL FC wins, 10 URA victories and nine draws
November 20, 2021
URA FC 2-2 BUL FC – Arena of visions
Joseph Ssemujju scored a late penalty to equalise for the Eastern Giants in the 2-2 draw with URA at the Arena of Visions.
Steven Mukwala scored as early as the third minute for the tax collectors and Shafik Kagimu put them 2-0 up just two minutes after the break.
But Musa Esenu halved the deficit with a fine goal in the 58th minute and with the game looking like URA’s, Viane Ssekajugo handled in the box and Ssemujju struck from the penalty spot to win a point for the Eastern Giants.
Last four meetings
January 15, 2020
BUL FC 1-3 URA FC
December 15, 2020
BUL FC 0-2 URA FC
April 16, 2021
URA FC 3-1 BUL FC
November 20, 2021
URA 2-2 BUL FC
BUL FC have won seven, drawn two and lost two games from their 11 home league matches this season.
In their last nine matches at Kyabazinga stadium, the Eastern Giants have won six, drawn twice and lost once.
Isabirye’s men have also kept eight clean sheets from 25 outings across all competitions this campaign.
The 25 matches have borne 47 goals while 29 have been conceded.
BUL have two wins only against URA in the league and all the victories were identical scores of 1-0, the first occurred in April of 2016, whilst the second happened in February 2018
Of the nine stalemates in this fixture, five were one all draws. two were goalless, while the other two were two all draws.
URA FC have the second best away record in the league after winning four, drawing five and losing two games to collect 17 points from their 11 trips.
And they have won three times against BUL from their last four meetings.
But the Tax collectors have won once in their last four away matches this season.
How to follow the game
The clash will be live on Sanyuka television but our fans can follow our social media channels as well for minute by minute updates.
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