Bul Fc to Test The Saints FC’s Basena Again

A victory over Maroons will secure Saints safety

After close to a two-month break, drugs local fans have a reason to smile with the return of the ever-entertaining Uganda Premier League.

Six matches will be running from 4:00pm on Tuesday and one such fixture to wait for will be played in Mwererwe when Bright Stars welcome Maroons FC.

The two teams failed to produce a goal in their last fixture on Boxing Day.

Maroons start life without Coach Asaph Tumwebaze who is said to be out on leave but coach Paddy Kintu believes the team has all it takes to save the team from the chop this season.

About five additions have been made to the team with four others released. Maroons will miss services of midfield king pin Ronald Orombi who broke his leg while in preseason training.

Among the five new faces in the team include Eddy Muyingo(from Baza), web Johnstone Kamoga (from Kakapich S.A), ailment Ibrahim Kongo, Peter Otai (from SCVU), Ronald Mugabi (promoted from academy) and Eddy Kampampa from KIira young.

“It’s really a tough condition we are in, coming into the league as the best team and now we are sitting on the bottom. Nevertheless we shall fight for a better second leg and with my new additions,” Kintu told ChimpSport on Monday morning.

“I believe we can finish top ten. I know it’s a tough call but when you critically look at the table, you will realize there is nothing extraordinary about other teams.”

His counterpart in Bright Stars, coach Kajoba observed: “We have learnt this season that the League is tricky and we play at home in front of our crowd where we feel that we can get a very  decent result, but we also learnt in the tie of the first round that Maroons are very solid defensively. We found it very hard to break them down in Luzira even with the much possession and pressing all in our favour.”

Bright Stars led by Cranes keeper Mathias Kigonya and centre back Bernard Muwanga are the meanest side in the division – conceding only seven goals, with only three at home at the champions stadium in Mwererwe.

Meanwhile Maroons sit in the bottom with only nine points. The prisons side have also been labelled one of ‘the Kings of draws’. They have squared out in six games with four coming away from home, no other team has more.

Bright stars are tenth on the log but the beauty of all is that they are just eight points away from the log leaders KCCA FC and Kajoba doesn’t rule out the chances of his side taking the ultimate prize.

“The league is the greatest football brand we have in the country. We play with a lot care in this league like everybody does. Everybody dreams of winning the League but our priority will be on taking on game by game and see how far we can push.”
Jinja Giants, click Bul FC resume the Uganda Premier League campaign with a tricky journey to Mandela National Stadium to face a newly revamped, The Saints Fc.

The hosts, who are struggling in an unfamiliar zone on the table, made numerous changes during the midseason break – bringing in a new technical bench headed by Cranes assistant coach Moses Basena together with goalkeeping tactician Moses Oloya.

The changes were evident when both sides met in the Uganda cup round of 32 at Kakindu where Bul FC could only manage to eliminate the newcomers after a controversial penalty shootout.

This followed a barren draw after normal time.

Coach Basena has only one injury puzzle to solve in winger Vianne Ssekajugo who recently hurt his ankle but will remain hopeful that Kitatta and Tangawuzi will propel the attacking force.

For Bul FC, last season team best player Militon Kalisa together with John Wakalaita and penalty hero Salim Wekiya are out over injuries.

Long time absentee Nkolo Blaize will continue watching from the stands.

Coach Isabirye and his technical bench believe their team should be a title contender and these are kinds of games to pick maximum results despite his ‘blunt’ attacking force.

“I know our problem is not scoring many goals which is something different from the other top teams in the league. You can’t compete if you cannot win situational games both home and away,” he narrated.

“We have to avoid the start like we had too often this season. Our season fortune starts now with this match and to show that we need to be well and positive in mind that we shall achieve an away victory,” said Isabirye, adding, “we need to be focused right from the start of the match till the end because they will want to put up that fight.”

Sidelined custodian, Franco Oringa is likely to return to the starting team to replace Emma Kalyowa who has been shaky of late.


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