Vincent Zziwa’s first-half goal was cancelled out in the second half by Julius Poloto as we had to settle for a draw against KCCA at FUFA Technical Center.
The stylish midfielder netted his second goal of the season, sweetly connecting with a deflection off Brian Majwega, to give us an early lead in the eleventh minute.
But we failed to build on the advantage going forward and the away side forced the game level when Allan Okello slotted in a teasing ball for Poloto to head in barely a minute after the break.
It ended our five-game home winning run and was also our third stalemate in twelve matches, leaving us third on the table with 24 points and only behind Vipers on goal difference.
BUL to say the least enjoyed early attacking pressure against the Kasasiro Boys and went close inside only seven minutes through Zziwa’s curling freekick which caused havoc in KCCA’s defense before Jerome Kirya tested Benjamin Ochan.
And even after falling behind, Morley Byekwaso’s side continued to be a subject of untold threats from Zziwa’s deliveries from set pieces, calling Ochan to action quite often.
The Eastern Giants almost doubled their lead on twenty minutes played when the goalkeeper’s poor clearance following a Zziwa corner fell in the path of Kirya but the midfielder couldn’t keep his effort below the bar.
KCCA’s first genuine chance of the afternoon fell to Kagawa Ssenoga when he met Brian Majwega’s pass through the middle, however, his shot from inside the box was easily held by Emmanuel Kalyowa in BUL’s goal.
Kasasiro Boys were starting to enjoy a share of the possession although there was little in the way of end product.
They again came close to scoring the equalizer three minutes to halftime as Majwega swerved a cross into the box and onto the head of Poloto before the Eastern Giants cleared their lines.
Finally their efforts paid off just seconds into the second half when they got BUL off guard after a quick restart.
Following a fast break, Okello burst on the right wing and his boot found Poloto who fired in a header past Kalyowa to restore parity for his side
BUL then geared up to seek a winner; Martin Aprem cut into box and freed Karim Ndugwa who lost his balance for the ball to roll out with the goal at his mercy.
Shortly, Kirya flipped to beat Filbert Obenchan on his slide to lay for the unmarked Richard Wandyaka whose attempt from range sailed wide before KCCA’s Rogers Mato clipped the upright although Kalyowa was already beaten.
There were some nervy moments but not enough to worry Alex Isabirye’s men as the visitors surged forward and BUL had Douglas Muganga to thank in the 77th minute when he cleared substitute Tshisungu Kankode’s effort off the line to deny KCCA a second goal.
KCCA endured a difficult ending to the game as BUL threatened with an onslaught, but the Eastern Giants could not find a late winner, and both sides were forced to settle for a point.
BUL are back in the league action on Saturday when they travel to St. Mary’s stadium for a meeting with Vipers.
Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Hillary Onek, Douglas Muganga, Aggrey Madoi, Jerome Kirya (Reagan Kalyowa 82′),George Kasonko, Martin Aprem, Vicent Zziwa (Richard Wandyaka 59′), Ivan Wani (Frank Kalanda 82′), Karim Ndugwa, Ibrahim Nsimbe.
Saidi Keni (GK), Benon Tahomera, Emmanuel Obua, Ibrahim Kazindula,