Bul open their 2017/18 Uganda Premier League campaign against league debutants Mbarara City on Tuesday at Kakindu Stadium, Jinja looking to kick start the season positively.
The Jinja outfit endured a woeful campaign last term. The side had to wait for the final day of the season to clinch survival following that famous goal from Robert Achema who came off the bench to restore parity against Onduparaka.
Bul spent the entire season last term battling relegation. It was therefore no surprise that they barely scrapped survival. Onto the new season and with the new coach, Kefa Kisala who rejoined the club two months ago, the soap makers will be hopeful for a good start to the new campaign
The side added to their system sixteen players including fans’ favorite Patrick ‘Crespo’ Asiku, Richard Wandyaka, Musa Walangarira [both from neighbors JMC], and James Otim from Kirinya-Jinja SSS who were officially unveiled on Friday at the BIDCO head offices in Masese, Jinja.
With only nine old players left at the club, it is a different team for the BIDCO side. Fans will be hopeful it comes along with good luck and results.
Kisala and his new team enjoyed a good preseason. The side registered seven wins, drew once and lost just a couple of games. They will head into the game looking to emulate their preseason form but the newcomers will also be out to impress on their maiden appearance in top flight.
The Western side earned promotion to UPL following their promotional playoff victory against Synergy back in May.
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Not an easy trip for Richard Makumbi’s side but the tactician is optimistic a positive result will be recorded tomorrow and has called upon fans to go support their team.
He said: “In tomorrow’s game, we expect to give the best; we have prepared our team very well. People think it will be hard for us because it’s our first time, but it’s not my first time. I’ve been in the Super League as a player and as a coach, and I know what it means. You see, football is a philosophy of the team. We are moving with our philosophy that we have to play to win, not to lose. So we are telling all our supporters that you come expecting us to do what you expect us to do.”
Makumbi confirmed his side will miss the services of midfielder Barssey Methodius and defender Asuman Buyinza.