Friday 1st December 2023
Uganda Premier League
Wakiso Giants Vs BUL FC
Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium
Following a return to winning ways four days ago, BUL FC is excited to begin the new month with a trip to Kabaka Kyabaggu to face Wakiso Giants in the battle of the giants on Friday.
Sunday’s win over Kitara re-ignited the ebullience around the team and fortified BUL’s place at the summit of the table – now counting 21 points, four better of Vipers SC in second place.
We boast with an impressive record of seven wins in eight rounds of play, and the glitch in our last appearance on the road notwithstanding, coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere and his men are longing to shoot on sight in Wakiso.
The Purple Sharks are precisely two points high up the red area following their recent two draws against Express and NEC. Prior to that, they had lost three games on the trot.
They come into the fixture on the back of a one all draw at NEC. Their last home game was also a draw, and a tally of six points is all they can show for their one loss, three draws and four defeats in eight matches.
Similarly, the last encounter between BUL and Wakiso Giants also ended in a 0-0 stalemate in May. This will be their ninth meeting.
Only Pascal Ngobi is out with an injury. Meaning the coach has almost a full squad at his disposal to choose from.
Speaking ahead of the match, Coach James Magala said the players have been filed to the level required to win the game.
“We have prepared our boys technically well. Everyone is good, everyone is okay and everyone is in good conditions.”
“We are going to Wakiso to perform well. But we have to do things at the right time to see that we comeback with the win.”
Captain George Kasonko said;
“Away matches often have many different things. We don’t expect the game to be a walk in the park, and as players, we have to double our efforts.”
“If it means dying a little, we have to do so in double digits. If it means doing right things at the right time, we have to follow the same script of doubling our efforts. So, we have to prepare in time and do the things we want to do in time. We need to win tomorrow’s game.”
Head to Head
P8 W3 D2 L3
It is three wins for each side, and they have drawn two times in eight matches since 2019.
Last four encounters
January 04, 2022
Wakiso Giants 4-3 BUL FC
February 12, 2022
BUL FC 2-0 Wakiso Giants
December 02, 2022
BUL FC 2-1 Wakiso Giants
May 01, 2023
Wakiso Giants 0-0 BUL FC
- BUL have won seven games and lost one, with 21 points collected in eight matches.
- Along the run, Kikomeko’s side has scored 12 goals, conceded five, and kept four clean sheets.
- It is also three wins and a loss for the Eastern Giants in four away matches, representing nine (9) points from a possible 12 on the road.
- In their four trips, they have scored five goals, leaked four, and kept one clean sheet (1-0 win over Bright Stars in mid-September).
- BUL’s away loss was against UPDF FC (2-0) at the beginning of this month and it is the only time they have failed to score this term.
- Out of the four visits to the Purple Sharks, BUL have won one game, drawn one and lost two. The 1-0 victory came in September 2019 courtesy of Ibrahim Kiyemba’s own goal on the stroke of halftime.
- The Eastern Giants are however unbeaten in their previous three meetings with Wakiso Giants, actually they won two of them; 2-0 in February and 2-1 in December of 2022, while they drew 0-0 in May 2023.
- The goalless draws of January 2020 and May 2023 stand to this day as the only games between the sides not to have a goal scored.
- This fixture has also produced 17 goals altogether, with BUL scoring nine times against the Purple Sharks.
- It has also produced a winner in six games of the eight they have played.
- Wakiso Giants have won one game, drawn three and lost four of their eight matches, tallying six points from a possible 25.
- They are yet to win a game at home. They lost 3-0 at Maroons, 3-1 against Kitara and drew against Bright Stars (1-1) and Express (0-0).
- Their goal return at Kabaka Kyabaggu stands at two goals, and seven conceded.
- After losing three consecutive games, Wakiso Giants are unbeaten in their past two matches – drew against Express (0-0) and NEC (1-1).
- All that said however, they have failed to score in two of their four home games – at Maroons (they lost 3-0) and Express.
Kavuma Vicent has been selected to take charge of this clash as the center referee. He will be assisted by Ijaga Muamiru and Magoola Ashraf. Kimayo Stephen will be the fourth official while Tomusange Ali will serve as the referee assessor.
It’s not a TV game but the proceedings will be shared across all our social media channels throughout.
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