Tuesday 5th December 2023
Uganda Premier League
Express FC Vs BUL FC
The Eastern Giants are on the road again this Tuesday for a second away match in succession, making the trip to face Express FC at Mutesa II stadium – Wankulukuku in an intriguing Uganda premier league encounter.
BUL FC is coming into this soon after an exciting 3-0 away win over Wakiso Giants.
A second half double from Martin Aprem and another strike from Alex Kitata sealed BUL’s victory last Friday and stretched our grip at the top.
At present, we sit pretty well at the top of the pile with 24 points after nine games.
Express lie in 8th position, seven places and 12 points behind the Eastern Giants. They fell to a 2-1 defeat at Mehta sports stadium last time out against URA.
Now they come up against Abbey Kikomeko’s men who are apparently unforgiving and taking no prisoners.
But clashes between the sides are never easy, with the immediate last ending in a 2-1 triumph for the Red Eagles in April at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Tuesday presents the 22nd meeting between the two teams in all competitions.
Midfielder Ibrahim Kazindula missed the Wakiso Giants trip and will continue to sit out even this one due to suspension. Fellow midfielder Pascal Ngobi is also out because of an injury while Joel Madondo is still continuing with rehabilitation.
Forward Lawrence Tezikya has fully recovered from Malaria, and he will be in contention with the rest of the squad for a place against Express.
Coach Abbey Kikomeko spoke about the encounter with optimism but warned that it might be a tough and challenging match.
“Express beat us last season home and away, and we are finding them this time when they are wounded after losing their last game against URA,” he said.
“So, this is going to be a tough game but we are prepared, the boys are in a high gear and ready for the game.”
“Even though Express is at home, we shall put in whatever is needed to get the maximum points from Wankulukuku.”
Striker Samuel Kayongo Ssekamatte said;
“We are not looking at the results we had against Express last season. What we are focusing on is how we are going to approach this game.”
“There is so much at stake but we as players agreed to take every game at a time. With the training we have had in preparation for this match, we are going for maximum points.”
Head to Head
P21 W8 D5 L8
This fixture has provided us with 21 meetings in all competitions, producing eight BUL FC wins, eight Express FC victories and five draws.
Last four meetings
April 08, 2023
BUL FC 1-2 Express
November 9, 2022
Express 1-0 BUL
May 7, 2022
Express 2-1 BUL
October 26, 2021
BUL FC 0-1 Express
- BUL FC’s 24 points are the most in the division having won eight games and lost one in nine matches.
- During the run, BUL have kept five clean sheets.
- They are also the most inform side in rival territory, with their four wins in five trips producing 12 points.
- The Eastern Giants have also scored eight goals and conceded four on the road.
- But in their last six visits to Express, BUL have won one game and scored two goals only.
- Akin to the above, they have won three league games only in nine trips to the Red Eagles since 2012, drawn two and lost four.
- Their last league win away at Express was seven years ago when the Eastern Giants won 1-0 in mid-September of 2016.
- It’s also four years since BUL last beat their hosts in a league action – the 1-0 victory in August of 2019 courtesy of Deogracious Ojok’s first half strike in Njeru.
- But they have lost one game only this season.
- Express to this day have won and drawn three games apiece, and lost two in eight matches.
- They have kept four clean sheets in the process.
- At Wankulukuku, the Red Eagles have won, drawn and lost one in equal shares.
- They have conceded one goal and kept two clean sheets in three home matches.
- James Odoch’s men have won the past five league games against BUL.
- They have also won three of their last four home games against the Eastern Giants.
- They have however lost their last two games – against Maroons (1-0) and URA FC (2-1).
The referee will be Ssemere Asaduh. He will be assisted by Okudra Emmanuel and Zziwa Charles as the assistant referee number one and two. The fourth official is Kavuma Vicent.
The game will be live on TV but our social media channels will as well provide a good account of the action with full text coverage during the game, followed by a match report and match highlights.
Facebook: Bul Football Club – Jinja
You Tube: BUL FC TV