Saturday May 14
MTN Omondi stadium
Kick off: 4PM
Fresh from an exciting Uganda cup win, BUL FC continue their top-four hunt with their final away league match against Police FC on Saturday.
The Eastern Giants mauled Booma FC 5-1 on Tuesday to put one foot into this year’s Uganda cup final, while the Cops won 3-1 against Wakiso Giants last time out
The top two dream may be over for BUL and Alex Isabirye, but the Eastern Giants boss witnessed his side respond to the loss against Express in perfect fashion during their trip to Masindi.
And It’s the kind of performance BUL will seek to replicate at Lugogo if a place in the first four is to be regained.
The reverse fixture saw BUL come out on top with a 2-1 victory in a fascinating game at Kyabazinga stadium. Then, the Cops were in 14th place, and coincidentally, this fixture has come when the hosts are occupying the same rank on the table, fighting for survival and one point from safety.
From their 28 matches, Police have gathered 28 points, 18 behind their visitors who sit in 5th position.
Saturday’s clash is set to be the 18th meeting between these sides.
Two players – Saidi Keni and Lawrence Kasadha are out of this clash due to knee injuries, but, the of the rest players are available for selection.
What they said
Team manager – Alex Isabirye:
It is going to be a tough one. Police is fighting to survive and we expect them to fight for the three points but we greatly need them as well because we want to finish in the top four.
It’s a crucial game against a tough opponent who are in a relegation battle. It’s going to be a tough game for us but we know how we shall handle it. We won the first leg 2-1 but we won’t be taken away by that, so, we have to come out strong.
Last time out
May 10, 2022
Booma 1-5 BUL FC
It was a goal fest at Masindi stadium as BUL smashed Booma FC 5-1 in the first leg of the Uganda cup semi final.
In the opening twelve minutes, the Eastern Giants scored three goals.
Simon Peter Oketch fired BUL in front just six minutes after kick off, Richard Wandyaka doubled our lead on the tenth minute before Oketch scored again two minutes later.
Leonard Mujuwa reduced that deficit to two goals when he scored for the hosts on the 21st minute but Ibrahim Kazindula popped up with the fourth goal for BUL FC before the end of the first half.
Karim Ndugwa then sealed the win with a penalty after the break to give Isabirye’s side a first leg advantage.
Head to head
Seventeen (17) league games have been played between these two sides since 2012, producing nine BUL FC wins, five Police FC victories and three draws.
Friday October 22, 2021.
BUL FC 2-1 Police
Both sides convened at Kyabazinga Stadium for the league match in October last year and BUL came out 2-1 winners.
Goals from Ibrahim Mugulusi and Richard Wandyaka earned the Eastern Giants a bright start to the new season, with Brian Muluuli Mayanja scoring the consolation for the Cops.
Mugulusi drove BUL ahead with a stunning free kick seven minutes off the half an hour before Muluuli drew the game even with an equaliser for Police on the stroke of halftime.
But just three minutes into the second half, Wandyaka restored our lead that the Eastern Giants held on to gain all the three points.
Last four encounters
October 22, 2021
BUL FC 2-1 Police
February 16, 2021
Police 2-0 BUL FC
September 04, 2019
Police 0-2 BUL FC
March 06, 2019
BUL FC 2-1 Police.
BUL FC have won four, drawn six and lost four games to collect 18 points from 14 away matches in this campaign.
The Eastern Giants have lost just once in their past eight league matches but have equally won just once in their last nine league trips.
Isabirye’s side has however dominated this fixture in recent times, recording seven wins off the Cops from their immediate last eight meetings.
Of the 39 goals scored in this fixture, BUL have emphatically scored 21 goals, with Police managing 18 only.
Police have the second worst home record in the division after winning just three times in 14 home league matches.
And they have also not won in their last four matches at Lugogo, scoring two goals and conceding 7 across them.
The hosts meanwhile are unbeaten in their past two matches but have won once in their last six games.
Nabadda Shamirah has been appointed to officiate this crucial match. She will be on duty with Katenya Ronald and Sekayuba Fahad as the first and second assistant referee respectively. Nkurunziza George will be the fourth official while Kizito Rehma will be the referee assessor.
How can I follow the game?
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