Friday February 2, 2024
Uganda Premier League
KCCA FC Vs BUL FC
MTN Omondi Stadium
Uganda premier league football resumes after nearly a month break. Our second round fixtures get underway on Friday with BUL visiting a resurgent KCCA FC at Lugogo in a late kickoff (6pm).
BUL left the first round with 33 points and ultimately on top of the log as a result of ten wins, three draws and two defeats. Fatigue looked like had crept into the squad however as the first round wore on, with the team picking only one point from their last two games but the break came at perhaps the exact time coach Abbey Kikomeko and his men seemingly needed a rest.
They now resume the campaign in a more fine form with all their eyes set on scooping all three points from KCCA on Friday.
The hosts endured a difficult start to the season where they hit the base of the standings and even struggled from there for a while but they have become one of the most resolute teams, proving naysayers wrong by winning four of their last five games, although they remain in the 9th place with 19 points despite the upturn in form.
The reverse fixture saw the Eastern Giants eke out a narrow 1-0 win over KCCA at FUFA technical centre, with Nicholas Mwere scoring the match winner.
This is going to be the 23rd league clash between the sides since 2011.
Abbey Kikomeko almost has a full squad to choose from as Pascal Ngobi is the only player still on sidelines with an injury.
Winning matches in the second has been a big ask for BUL in the past seasons but Kikomeko said that now is the time to run over the jinx and also hurl the ill omen to the bin where it deserves to be.
“It is not going to be an easy game for us because KCCA bounced back from the poor run they had at the start of the first round but we are also determined, we want to keep ourselves on top of the table by getting all the three points from them,” he said.
“The boys are determined and in good shape, and with the training we have had, we shall get all the maximum points from Lugogo.”
“People always say that BUL performs poorly in the second round but that topic is not meant to last forever. As much as we are playing away from home, it may not be easy but this time we shall win.”
“It has not been a common thing here but with the kind of attitude and character we are putting in, we shall win very many games in the second round.”
Captain George Kasonko said;
‘This is my third season here and the talk of BUL not winning games in the second round has been loud enough but my view is that this un-fancied norm here has been hell bent on the character of the players in the previous seasons.”
“But this time we have much bigger aims than in the past times. This time we need the league title and the only way to achieve that is by having a strong character and winning games from the start of the second round.”
“We are well prepared; the boys are very excited and ready to do the job tomorrow. We want victory and this is what is on every player’s mind.”
Head to Head
P22 W5 D7 L10
It’s 22 league meetings between the two teams, resulting into five wins for BUL, ten for KCCA and seven draws.
Last four encounters
September 23, 2023
BUL FC 1-0 KCCA FC
May 16, 2023
KCCA FC 1-0 BUL FC
December 13, 2022
BUL FC 1-1 KCCA
April 20, 2022
BUL FC 1-1 KCCA
- From eight away matches, BUL has won five games, drawn one and lost two – picking up 16 points from a possible 24 on the road.
- In the recent times, BUL has lost only one game to KCCA, won one in September last year and drew 1-1 in April and December 2022 in the previous four meetings between the sides.
- The Eastern Giants won the reverse fixture but the last time BUL completed a double against the Kasasiro boys was in the 2015/16 season.
- Among the top ten teams on the table, BUL has won the biggest number of games so far (10) while KCCA has lost the highest number of matches (8) but the latter is among the division’s highest goal scorers with 26.
- After losing the first three home matches, KCCA has now won their last four home games on the bounce – beating Vipers, Gaddafi, Bright Stars and URA at Lugogo.
- They have also scored 15 goals in them and conceded just four in the process.
Ssali Mashood will take charge of the match from the center. Mulindwa Hakim and Musisi Brianson will run the lines as the first and second assistant referees respectively. Tuge Tumusiime will be the fourth official while the referee assessor is Miiro Nsubuga Brian.
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