BUL returned to the top of the Uganda premier league standings as Ibra Nsimbe’s close-range header gave us victory away to Arua Hill SC at Barifa grounds.
Nsimbe leaped to glance in the ball for his first goal this campaign after the hosts failed to deal with Aggrey Madoi’s well weighted cross from the left wing, to earn the Eastern a deserved lead.
Alex Isabirye made three changes to the Starting XI that was at the end of a 2-1 home win against Wakiso Giants, with Saidi Keni featuring for the first time in place of Emmanuel Kalyowa in goal, and Douglas Muganga coming in for the injured Ronald Otti at the heart of our defense. For his fabulous turn up last time, Vincent Zziwa was also rewarded with his first start of the season, as a replacement for the injured Ibrahim Mugulusi.
It was a bright start for both sides although it was the hosts who drew the first goal mouth action in the first half with Jacob Kamwesiga, Allan Mugalu and Rashid Toha getting efforts away that missed the target.
But their evening became nightmarish after the interval as the Eastern Giants hit the lead at the hour mark.
Just before BUL’s opener, Mugalu declined two chances to score for his side, and even when they went behind, Kamwesiga couldn’t navigate beyond Keni in BUL’s goal as the goalkeeper comfortably stopped his shot from inside the box on 76 minutes.
Going forward, the Eastern Giants played cautiously and held on for their seventh win. BUL host KCCA the coming week at Fufa Technical Center in our next fixture.
Saidi Keni (GK), Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora (Ivan Wani 46′), Aggrey Madoi, George Kasonko, Jerome Kirya, Vicent Ziwa (Anthony Mayanja 59′), Ibrahim Nsimbe, Richard Wandyaka (Ibrahim Kazindula 77′), Martin Aprem (Benon Tahomera 90+), Hillary Onek.
Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Pascal Ngobi, Emmanuel Obua.