Friday November 25
Uganda Premier League
BUL Vs Busoga United
FUFA Technical Center
Kick off: 2PM
BUL are back at the Fufa Technical Center for the fourth home game as Alex Isabirye’s side prepares to face Busoga United in our latest Jinja derby challenge. Last time out, both sides lost 1-0 to Express individually with Allan Kayiwa scoring for the Red Eagles in all the contests.
And after the defeat, BUL now turn the attention to Friday’s clash, where Isabirye will be looking to get the better of his former club, who he managed in 2016/17 season.
It was a one all draw on the sides’ last face off but this match has found them in contrasting form.
Going back to early February, BUL are unbeaten in their last ten home games in the Uganda premier league, and they will be looking to continue their impressive performances.
With four wins and two draws from seven rounds, and sitting second on 14 points, just four behind leaders Wakiso Giants who have played two games more, tells how colorful the Eastern Giants are – this term.
Busoga United are only dreaming of winning their third game this season after registering six losses from eight.
Three points is all they can show because they were recently docked three points and three goals from their tally, leaving them second from the bottom.
Therefore, their need for wanting to win could be over their heads but in BUL, they meet a side seeking to return to winning ways. This will be the 14th meeting.
BUL will have defender – Walter Ochora return from suspension, and this makes the squad full house with everyone available for selection.
Team manager Alex Isabirye spoke about the need to return to winning ways and the unease that came along with leading the pack, ahead of the game.
“This is going to be a difficult game but we want to win and I believe we shall win,” he said.
“We are going to give our level best not because we want to go back to the top of the table but because we need to get the three points.”
“There was some pressure when we were on top because many players didn’t know how to behave while there.”
“But we have got some experience and if we go top again, I think we now know what to do and I believe they will manage the pressure this time.”
Captain George Kasonko warned not to undermine harm that Busoga can cause and promised to get the job well done.
“This is the game that takes us back to the summit and if we are to achieve something, we have to win tomorrow’s game,” he said.
“Although Busoga is down on the table, this doesn’t mean they’re weak but we are prepared for them.”
“They’re my former employers but I am now at BUL, it’s where I get what I eat and a job is a job. I am going to do my job.”
Head to Head
P13 W4 D6 L3
This fixture has produced 13 meetings between the two teams in all competitions, resulting into four wins for BUL, three victories for Busoga and six draws.
Last four encounters
April 24, 2021
BUL FC 0-1 Busoga United
December 07, 2021
BUL FC 5-0 Busoga United
February 25, 2022
Busoga United 0-3 BUL FC
March 25, 2022
Busoga United 1-1 BUL FC
BUL FC have won four times, drawn two and lost one game in seven (7) matches.
The Eastern Giants lost their first game of the season 16 days ago but have won all their three home matches this season, keeping two clean sheets and stretching the unbeaten run at home to ten (10) matches since early February.
Their 12 goals in seven games is the joint highest this season, sharing the record with table leaders Wakiso Giants.
BUL have won two of their last three meetings with Busoga United, winning 5-0 in December last year and 3-0 in February 2022 before drawing 1-1 in March.
This derby has produced 30 goals since 2016, 18 of them scored by BUL FC.
The ties between the sides have produced at least a goal except on two occasions – the barren stalemates of September 2016 and March 2017.
Busoga United have won two and lost six games, and is the only side yet to make a draw this campaign.
They have scored five goals only across the run but they had three chopped off because of hooligansim.
The game will be live on television but you can also follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the game, followed by a match report.
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