MWERE, WELCOME TO BUL FC

BUL Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of defender Nicholas Mwere.

The 22-year-old left back joins from Busoga United and has signed a three year contract with the Eastern Giants.

Nicholas Mwere (left} has re united with coach Abbey Kikomeko

One of the highly rated young defenders in Uganda, Mwere played for JIPRA in the secondary schools competitions and Kakira Town Council in the lower divisions of Jinja district at a tender age before he moved to Busoga United in 2021 where he played for the last two seasons in the Uganda premier league.

He is bully and a rock solid young player who often frightens strikers.

 BUL FC head coach, Abbey Kikomeko Bogere, said:

“When you look at the backline of our team, we had a loophole on the left side. So, I opted for Mwere.”

“I looked at his height, and his work rate. He is a young player and a promising defender.”

“I expect him to become a better defender now that he has joined BUL.”

Nicholas Mwere said:

“I am excited to join BUL FC, the Eastern Giants.”

“BUL is a winning team, they recently won the Uganda cup and I expect to win with them more titles.”

“I will try to defend better as well as attack at the same time to help the team achieve its targets. We are going to work together and win together.”

BUL COMPLETE SIGNING OF TEZIKYA

BUL FC has completed the signing of Lawrence Tezikya from Vipers SC, with the striker penning a two year contract with the Eastern Giants.

Tezikya’s career in first-team football started at Busoga United, having risen through the youth ranks at Jinja SS.

Coach Abbey Kikomeko and Lawrence Tezikya have re united at BUL

The 22 year old striker made his senior club debut in the 2018/19 season when he came on as substitute during the Uganda premier league barren draw against Maroons FC at the Mighty Arena in Jinja city. He scored five goals in eight appearances that campaign.

He then earned a move to Vipers in 2020 before he secured a loan transfer to Maroons last season.

“Tezikya is one of the strikers I have looked at. He is still young, has passion for the game and he is promising,” head coach Abbey Kikomeko said.

“He is a kind of a player who wants to prove that he can be one of the best top strikers in the country.”

“I expect so much from him and I believe he will deliver.”

“He performed well in the previous schools tournaments and he has been gradually developing and improving. So I saw that when I bring him at BUL to compete with his former teammates like Joel Madondo, the club will benefit.”

“I expect to see good goals and fantastic performances from their partnership. They have been together, they have worked together before and they know each other very well.”

Nicknamed ‘Enzo,’ Tezikya helped Jinja SS win the Copa Coca-Cola schools championship in 2017, and emerged as the competition’s top scorer in 2018 and 2019. He is also a product of the FUFA juniors league.

JOEL MADONDO IS AN EASTERN GIANT

BUL FC has completed the signing of Joel Madondo from Gaddafi FC.

The forward has signed a one year renewable contract with the Eastern Giants.

Coach Abbey Kikomeko (left) with new signing Joel Madondo (right)

Madondo arrives at BUL with a lot of experience in the Uganda premier league after featuring for Busoga United and Gaddafi where he played over two stints. He scored one goal last season.

Following extraordinally performances and excellent goal poaching prowess at Busoga United, Madondo moved to Wydad Casablanca in January 2020 but mutually left the Morocco giants seven months later to return home, before he had another short trade across the borders with Tanzania second division club Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) in January 2022.

He guided Uganda Cranes to the CECAFA senior challenge cup title in 2019 when he scored an important goal in the 3-0 win over Eritrea at Lugogo.

He is also a Copa Coca Cola winner with Jinja SS in 2017.

Welcome to BUL FC, Madondo.

BUL SIGN JOEL MUTAKUBWA

BUL Football Club is proud to announce the signing of Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa from Gaddafi FC.

Head coach Abbey Kikomeko (left) with Joel Mutakubwa alias Varma (Right)

The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who lifted the CECAFA Kagame Cup with Express FC in 2021, has signed a two year contract with the club.

For his eye catching performances at the local scene, Mutakubwa was summoned for the Uganda Cranes duty at the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) early this year in Algeria.

He has previously played for Busoga United (Kirinya Jinja SS), Kyetume, Tooro United and Express in the Uganda Premier League.

Welcome to the Eastern Giants Mutakubwa.

HILLARY ONEK EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH BUL

BUL FC is delighted to announce that Hillary Onek has signed a 3 years contract extension with the Eastern Giants which will keep him at the club until 2027.

The 21-year-old all round defender, who is a graduate of the BUL Junior Team, has enjoyed a meteoric rise at the football scene and has established himself as a key figure at the senior team since breaking into the side in 2021, helping BUL win the Uganda cup in the 2021/22 season.

He also won the Juniors league with our junior team in 2019.

Pleased to have signed a new deal, Onek expressed his happiness at extending his stay at the Eastern Giants.

l am excited to extend my stay here,” Onek said after signing the new deal.

I came here as a kid and BUL has made me the player I am today.”

We have shared some fantastic moments over the past years, and I have grown so much in every sense of the word and my passion for this team has been on an upward trajectory since the day I joined.”

I can assure you that I will commit myself to helping this club to achieve our goals and make the fans proud of this great team.”

BUL is my home, and a home sweet home that I feel proud of being part.

It’s now time for the hard work to continue and I am looking forward to returning to training and the new season ahead.”

THREE PLAYERS RELEASED

Three players have been given the green light to leave the Eastern Giants after their employment contracts with the club expired.

They include; Richard Wandyaka, Ivan Wani and goalkeeper Emmanuel Kalyowa.

Wandyaka has been one of the longest serving players at the club, playing six seasons for the Eastern Giants since joining in 2017 from URA. Last season, he scored four goals and made a couple of assists.

Goalkeeper Kalyowa first played for the club between 2015 and 2017 before he returned in 2021.

Wani also joined us two years ago, scoring one goal in the just concluded campaign.

The three played a key role in our fantastic run in the 2021/22 season, leading the club to the famous Uganda cup title and a fourth place league finish.

We thank them for their efforts and commitment to club and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

MATCH REPORT: MAROONS 0-0 BUL FC

It finished goalless between Maroons and BUL FC at the prisons grounds, with the point guiding the Eastern Giants to a seventh place finish in the league as the curtain fell on the 2022-23 season on Saturday. 

Coming into the game on the back of an impressive show against Vipers in the previous outing, BUL put up a spirited fight against the prison warders in Luzira. They dominated the proceedings throughout the game although they couldn’t find a winner.

Amends were made to the side on the eve of the second half, with the coach introducing Hillary Onek and Richard Okello before Richard Wandyaka, Innocent Rwothomio and Ivan Wani also came in.

After the alterations, BUL found the right gear – pitching camp in Maroons area for large spells of the game but the hosts remained watertight in the back.

From the 28 matches played this season, BUL won eight, drew 12 and lost eight in the process to tally 36 points.

Starting XI

Tom Ikara (GK), Douglas Muganga (Hillary Onek 46′), Ronald Otti, Richard Ayiko, George Kasonko (Richard Okello 46′),Pascal Ngobi, Jerome Kirya, Reagan Kalyowa (Innocent Rwothomio 78′), Emmanuel Obua (Ivan Wani 87′), Martin Aprem (Richard Wandyaka 62′), Samuel Ssekamatte.

Unused substitutes

Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Ibrahim Mugulusi

MATCH REPORT: BUL FC 1-1 VIPERS SC

BUL FC battled to a point at Vipers SC in our ultimate home game of the season, with goalkeeper Tom Ikara earning the man of the match accolade following his classic showings between the sticks.

Outstanding: Goalkeeper Tom Ikara was named man of the match

After a goalless first half, BUL took the lead on sixty five minutes  through Samuel Ssekamatte but Karim Watambala’s injury time penalty ensured both teams took a point from the game at FUFA technical centre.

Following a lively start, the game settled down somewhat and despite plenty of competitiveness from both sides, chances were limited at either end in the early exchanges of the first half.

The visitors had a glorious chance to open the scores with 15 minutes on the clock. Yunus Sentamu got in behind the BUL backline as a result of Douglas Muganga missing the ball, and after facing the goal, his low shot played out into the gloves of Tom Ikara.

They went close again when Ashraf Mandela whipped in a teasing cross a few moments later, but his effort too was claimed by the goalkeeper.

At the other end, BUL was in ascendancy mid way the half, as Ssekamatte’s bursting run in the middle led to Reagan Kalyowa shooting into a defender for a corner.

Our good spell continued with our second chance in two minutes, but like the first, there was no yellow shirt to connect with Ssekamatte’s ground effort across the face of the goal.

Ikara was then forced to clear his line using his feet following a goal melee from inside the box as the away side tried to re-establish the foothold on the game.

Ssekamatte gave Mukundane a run for his money throughout the game

Vipers’ goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora however needed to be at full stretch to brilliantly push away Ssekamatte’s free kick that left him requiring medical attention, before Sentamu aimed his corner direct at Ikara on the stroke of halftime.

The Eastern Giants had a dream start to the second half though when, just two minutes in, Ssekamatte underused an open chance with his shot sailing over the bar.

And with five minutes after the hour, the forward made amends, gliding home the opener off a Reagan Kalyowa cross, giving Mutumbora no chance as the ball nestled into the bottom left corner. 

Reagan Kalyowa swung in the cross that Ssekamatte headed in for the opener

BUL had to ride some spells of pressure from the away side onwards, but Simeon Masaba’s men produced a resolute defensive display until a goal deep into added time from the penalty spot from Abdul Karim Watambala earned the visitors a point.

It’s now 35 points for the Eastern Giants who currently sit in the eighth place on the table. Our season will end with a trip to Maroons on Saturday.

Starting XI:

Tom Ikara (GK), Douglas Muganga, Richard Ayiko, Ronald Otti, George Kasonko, Pascal Ngobi, Jerome Kirya (Richard Wandyaka 76′), Reagan Kalyowa, Emmanuel Obua, Martin Aprem

(Innocent Rwothomio 90+4′), Samuel Sekamatte (Ibrah Nsimbe 82′)

Unused substitutes:

Emmanuel Kalyowa(GK), Aggrey Madoi, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Ivan Wani.

MATCH PREVIEW: BUL FC VS VIPERS SC

MATCH PREVIEW: BUL FC VS VIPERS SC

Tuesday May 23, 2023.

Uganda Premier League

BUL FC Vs Vipers SC

FTC.

Kick-off: 4pm

Our penultimate game of the Uganda premier league season sees us host Vipers SC at FUFA Technical Centre.

Tuesday will be one of the season’s biggest tests for the Eastern Giants, the match is following a long spell of dry results and it’s the last kick infront of our fans this season.

A win is therefore needed to put a smile on their faces but it’s against one of the title hopefuls who need maximum points in every game they play to keep their dream of a sixth league crown alive.

Coach Alex Isabirye wept during his farewell to the club in march

Fans will also have fond memories for coach Alex Isabirye who return to FUFA technical centre for the first time but in the opposite dug out.

In his two and half years at the club, Isabirye led BUL to a historic fourth place league finish and  two Uganda cup finals (winning one – which was the first silverware ever for the club in its entire history), as well as leading the club to its maiden appearance in the CAF confederations cup before leaving for Vipers in March this year.

And the clash comes at a time when the Eastern Giants are yet to find their stepping stones in the second round, not winning 12 matches in a row since the second half of the season began.

Along that run, Simeon Masaba and his men have drawn seven games and lost five, leaving us ninth with 34 points on the league table.

Our previous meeting ended in defeat for BUL, as Vipers mounted a comeback through Milton Karisa and Cromwell Rwothomio to subdue us at Kitende in December despite Karim Ndugwa giving us an early lead.

The Venoms’ 49 points put them on top of the pile but only because of a superior goal difference over KCCA and SC Villa in second and third respectively after 26 rounds.

Team News

According to assistant coach Dan Kabbale, BUL is not concerned about Vipers’ title aspirations but only concerned about beating the snake out of the visitors.

“Vipers is a big team that is even fighting for the trophy but we don’t want to know, we only want to win the game,” he said.

“BUL is improving every day as a team, and we expect to put up the best performance such that we can get the result we want.”

“To this day in the second round, we are yet to win a game but because the improvement is coming every day, we hope to get the results tomorrow.”

“However, and besides the improvement and progress we are registering, scoring still remains our challenge but we have tried our level best to see that we can score, and we hope for the best.”

Samuel Ssekamatte said;

“It is a big game but we have made so much corrections as strikers. We have tried as much as we can to improve on our shooting skills and the finishing, and I believe heading into tomorrow’s game, the shortcomings will be behind our backs.”

“We believe we shall take up the opportunities and the chances we create so that we can get the goals to win the game.”

“It has been long since we last won but there is still room to correct the wrongs.”

“Fans have been disappointed but tomorrow is our turn to do what we are required of and with their support, we are going to give our best and deliver the best results.”

Striker Samuel Ssekamatte

Head to head

The teams have faced off on 24 occasions in all competitions since 2011, producing three wins for BUL, fifteen for Vipers and six draws.

Last four encounters

January 08, 2022

Vipers SC 1-1 BUL FC

February 09, 2022

BUL FC 1-3 Vipers SC

June 12, 2022 (Uganda cup final)

Vipers SC 1-3 BUL FC

December 17, 2023

Vipers SC 2-1 BUL FC

Match Facts

From a possible 36 points in the second round, BUL have picked seven as a result of seven draws and five defeats in the last 12 games.

After stringing together five consecutive home victories, the Eastern Giants have since won once in their past eight home matches, thrashing Maroons 5-0 in mid December.

However, it’s just one loss for Simeon Masaba’s men in the last five outings, drawing the remainder of the games and keeping clean sheets in two.

BUL’s three victories against the Venoms were far in between as the first was in February 2014 (BUL 2-1 Vipers SC), the second arrived two years later in April 2016 (Vipers SC 0-1 BUL FC) before the unforgettable triumph in Uganda cup followed six years on ( Vipers 1-3 BUL).

It’s therefore nine years since the Eastern Giants won a home league fixture against Vipers, winning 2-1 in February of 2014 at Kakindu stadium.

This fixture has produced a total of 57 goals and BUL have 18 to their name since 2011.

Only six stalemates have come in the games involving the sides, and four were goalless.

Vipers have not lost in their past seven league visits to BUL, winning five and drawing two.

But they have won only four, and lost five times on the road this campaign, collecting 16 points from 13 away matches, with the run producing seven goals and eight leaked.

Their last three away matches have also ended in two defeats and one draw (against relegated Onduparaka), and all that happening without scoring a goal.

Nevertheless, they have the best defensive record in the division so far, as they have conceded 12 goals only in 26 matches.

They have also kept around 16 clean sheets.

Match Coverage

This mouthwatering meeting is live on television and all our social media channels will relay minute to minute text commentary concurrently.

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MATCH REPORT: KCCA 1-0 BUL FC

BUL’s four game unbeaten run has ended with a 1-0 defeat at KCCA FC on Tuesday in a Uganda premier league clash at Philip Omondi stadium.

The only goal of the game for the hosts came on thirty five minutes from the spot.

Allan Okello picked himself up after being fouled in the box to slot past Tom Ikara to gift the Kasasiro boys the lead which they zealously held on untill the end.

It was a day to forget for BUL as second half substitute – Anthony Mayanja left the pitch on a stretcher, thirty four minutes after coming on and was replaced by Richard Wandyaka.

Barely four minutes after coming on, Emmanuel Obua missed the chance to equalize for the Eastern Giants when all through and clear at goal with his shot traveling wide.

Goalkeeper Ikara was then called to action by Charles Lwanga from a free kick following a foul from Douglas Muganga late in the game.

Consequently, the result has stretched BUL’s winless run to twelve league games, dropping to ninth in the table standings and on 34 points with two matches remaining.

Vipers SC are the visitors on Tuesday next week at FUFA technical centre before we end the season with a trip to Maroons four days later.

Starting XI:

Tom Ikara (GK), Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora, George Kasonko, Ibrahim Kazindula (Ibrahim Mugulusi 63′),Jerome Kirya (Emmanuel Obua 85′), Hillary Onek, Reagan Kalyowa (Anthony Mayanja 46′ Richard Wandyaka 79′), Ibrahim Nsimbe (Innocent Rwothomio 63′), Martin Aprem, Ronald Otti. 

Unused substitute:

Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK)