Bul line-up vs. Express Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Uganda Premier League (Saturday, 21st April 2018):

  • BUL Vs Kirinya-Jinja S.S
  • At Kakindu Stadium, Jinja (4 pm)
[/media-credit] Action when BUL visited Proline at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Every time BUL and Kirinya-Jinja S.S face off, it is always too close a contest to predict.

The two clubs come from the same locality – Jinja and their respective players share a lot in common.

There is a lot of unfinished business between these two clubs which lock horns once again on Saturday afternoon at the Kakindu Stadium.

Kirinya-Jinja S.S has had a sensational season thus far, winning 11 of the 24 games played, losing 8 and drawing 5 which put them in a more comfortable 5th position.

BUL has struggled of late, posting inconsistent displays that has witnessed them win 8, draw 8 and loss 11 matches, to settle in 9th position.

From the immediate past results, either sides lost their previous matches.

[/media-credit] Charles Ayiekho Lukula is a good tactical coach. He comes face to face with BUL in the derby Credit: Kirinya-Jinja SS Media

Charles Ayiekho Lukula’s  Kirinya – Jinja S.S lost 2-0 away to Uganda Revenue Authority and BUL, under care taker coach David Kiwanuka fell 2-1 away to Mbarara City.

The match will also be a clash of egos given the fact that the first round encounter ended goal-less at the Kyabazinga stadium in Bugembe.

Expected clashes:

It is a blessing in disguise for BUL that there on-form forward Hamis Tibita did not make the traveling list for the Uganda U-20 team away to South Sudan.

[/media-credit] BUL’s Douglas Owori (left) shields the ball away from Express’ Ayubu Kisaliita. Owori returns to the BUL fold after a two match suspension Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Tibita, alongside the returning Douglas Owori (returns from two match suspension), veteran Patrick Crespo Asiku and Pierre Muhindo are expected to give the Kirinya-Jinja S.S backline a good run of their money.

In the same vein, the on form Fred Amaku, Faizal Muwawu, Musa Esenu and Anthony Mayanja are forwards that Kirinya-Jinja S.S will dwell upon to trouble Willis Otongo, Hakim Magombe (or Faizal Muledhu), Umar Mukobe and Yusuf Mukisa’s led back line.

In the middle of the pack, Yunus Sibira, Patrick Sembuya, Daniel Shabena and Fred Agandu of BUL F.C will come under close scrutiny against skipper Emmanuel Akol, Bashir Mutanda, Willey Macro, Isaac Ntege and Mark Bamukyaaye (if named).

Muhammed Didi will start in the goal posts for Kirinya-Jinja S.S ahead of Emmanuel Rubangkene.

Hannigton Ssebwalunyo, on the other hand is expected to pip Paul Mujwapani in goal for BUL.

When fielded BUL left back, Faizal Muledhu will be facing his former club.

[/media-credit] BUL left back, Faizo Muledhu flies high to control a high ball. If fielded, he comes face to face against his former club, Kirinya-Jinja S.S Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] Faisal Muwawu (middle) of Kirinya-Jinja S.S in action against Police at Namboole. His pace will be key Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Once again, former URA and Umeme center forward, David ‘Tilika’ Kiwanuka will handle the team in absence of Kefa Kisala (suspension) and Peter Onen (with Uganda U-17 national team in Burundi for the 2018 CECAFA U-17).

Kiwanuka first took full authority in the one all home draw against Vipers before falling 2-1 on the road in Mbarara to debutants, Mbarara City at the Kakyeeka stadium.

[/media-credit] BUL Technical bench prior to the game with Vipers at Kakindu stadium. David Kiwanuka (left) is acting head coach Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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