Richard Wandyaka scored a pearler as BUL remained atop of the Uganda premier league with a narrow win over SC Villa at the Fufa Technical Center.
After a goalless first half, the winner came in the second period after Walter Ochora combined with substitute Ibrahim Kazindula from a throw in on the left side and the midfielder picked out Ibrahim Nsimbe whose chested effort at the edge of the box found Wandyaka in space, and the forward struck a volley well past the time wasting Martin Elungati in SC Villa’s goal.
It was BUL’s third win from four games and the result leaves Alex Isabirye’s side three points clear at the top of the log.
SC Villa came into the game unbleached from their previous three matches and they approached the match with resilient defending with the first half ending all square.
But instead of taking the game to the Eastern Giants in the second half, the visitors seemed to be content with a point, fronting time wasting antics and attempting to kill the flow of the game.
Aprem Martin, Karim Ndugwa, Jerome Kirya and Wandyaka had a bit of BUL’s opportunities in the first half but their scoring boots seemed not tightened enough and the performance of Gift Fred and Kenneth Ssemakula in the Jogoos defence snuffed out any chance of a way through.
Wandyaka saw two efforts superbly cleared while his volley on the stroke of halftime from inside the box narrowly missed on the right post.
Kirya then picked up a rebound when Wandyaka’s shot off a goal ward header from Ochora was repelled but his attempt was tamed by Ssemakula.
On the 38th minute, Ndugwa thought he had put BUL in the lead with a low drive from inside the box but the flag had already gone up for offside in the build up.
BUL’s impressive performance continued after the break, with the coming of Nsimbe and Kazindula coloring it even more.
Elungati denied Nsimbe at two minutes to the hour mark before the energetic Wandyaka had another header slightly over the bar.
But he finally met the target with a moment of magic in the 88th minute to grant BUL a precious win. This means the Eastern Giants continue to dominate the standings with 10 points. The next task is against Gaddafi FC on Tuesday next week at Kakindu.
Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Ronald Otti, Walter Ochora, Douglas Muganga (Ibrahim Kazindula 66′), George Kasonko, Jerome Kirya, Owen Mukisa (Ibrahim Nsimbe 46′), Hillary Onek, Martin Aprem (Frank Kalanda 85′), Richard Wandyaka, Karim Ndugwa (Pascal Ngobi 90+3′)
Tom Ikara (GK), Benon Tahomera, Emmanuel Obua.