Sunday 18th February 2024

Uganda Cup R32

Kyambura Rastas Vs BUL FC

Kyambura playgrounds

Kick-off: 3pm

BUL FC are back in the Uganda cup action on Sunday, visiting third division Kyambura Rastas in the round of 32 at Kyambura play grounds in Rubirizi district, Western Uganda.

The Eastern Giants reached this stage of the competition following a 3-0 triumph over Simba FC on Wednesday in Namulonge, Gayaza with Ibrahim Kazindula, Walter Ochora and Alex Kitata scoring the goals.

BUL have impressed this season, with Abbey Kikomeko’s men currently on top of the pile in the UPL, and very keen on progressing to the last sixteen as well as keeping an eye on the next league bout against Maroons four days later.

After dispatching Simba, they come up against another regional league team but this time featuring in the western league.

The opposition

Sunday’s cup tie is Kyambura Rastas’ first game in the competition this season, and their first at this stage in their life time.

They reached here without putting in an effort at the round of 64, not that they were too good but because their opponents – Onduparaka FC failed to make the trip, thus qualifying by default.

Their efforts to come out of the preliminary round Uganda cup qualifiers for western region hit a rock last campaign as they fell short against Bunyaruguru Tigers and Bunyaruguru United.

But they did their homework well and came back this season with a bang, beating Six O’clock, Bwizibwera United and Bunyaruguru United in the qualifiers.

Kyambura Rastas’s form has been pleasing for a new side in the western region league. They sit fourth on the log with 17 points after winning five, drawing two and losing four in 11 games. However, their last home fixture was a 2-1 loss to leaders Bunyaruguru United last Sunday.

Team News

BUL will have to do without Reagan Kalyowa and Douglas Muganga who didn’t travel with team because of injuries but the rest of the players are available for selection.

Coach Abbey Kikomeko’s remarks ahead of the game.

“We shall not take Kyambura Rastas for granted; we shall approach the game like we did against Simba. The boys and the coaching staff are all ready and I think we shall get the victory tomorrow,” he said.

Midfielder Ibrahim Kazindula said;

“Our mentality this season is all about winning every game we play no matter the size of the team, whether big or small, we play like we are playing defending champions. Therefore, we shall not take Kyambura Rastas for granted, we shall respect them but all in all, we want to win that game.”