Results for 2nd February
- BUL FC 0-0 KCCA FC
- Gaddafi FC 0-1 URA FC
- Mbarara City 3-1 Express FC
The clash between BUL and KCCA unfolded in a hard-fought goalless draw at Philp Omondi Stadium, where both teams struggled to find the back of the net.
The initial minutes showcased a balanced game, with both sides tactfully maneuvering the ball in each other’s halves.
KCCA demonstrated composure and control, especially evident in the calm ball handling observed during the opening stages.
However, BUL faced an early setback in the tenth minute as Martin Aprem was fouled and injured, prompting an early substitution with Amos Kirya stepping in.
In the 13th minute, Shaban Mohammad’s header missed the mark, denying KCCA the opportunity to take the lead.
Ronald Otti and Ochora Walter successfully contested many aerial battles against Shaban, while Emmanuel Alex Wasswa’s close-range attempt went astray.
Recognizing the need for strategic changes, Carlos da Silva entered the game for Ashraf Mugume, addressing concerns about the latter’s apparent struggle.
The physicality of KCCA’s play was evident in numerous fouls, leading to BUL’s second forced substitution in the thirty-fifth minute, with Douglas Muganga making way for Isma Mugulusi.
Tensions escalated as assistant coach Simeone Masaba of BUL FC received a booking in the 37th minute due to his aggressive demeanor towards the referee.
Shaban’s powerful shot hitting the side net added to the intense first-half action, resulting in a goalless statement at halftime.
The second half witnessed shifts in personnel, with Kazindul Ibrahim replacing Jeremy Kirya due to injury.
Emmanuel Peter Loki’s injury forced a substitution, bringing in Joao Gabriel. Ibrahim Kazindula’s long-range attempt sailed above the post, while a prime chance for KCCA was squandered at the near post by Openga Katenga.
As the match sailed on, injuries too persisted with Lawrence Tezikya making way for Gerald Ogweti.
Despite the stalemate, this draw kept BUL FC at the top with 34 points, a four-point lead over second-placed Vipers at 30 points, who are yet to play in the second round.
For KCCA FC, the Lugogo based side remain in 9th position with 20 points.
Looking ahead, KCCA is set to face Express FC at Wankulukuku on 10th February, while BUL FC will host Solitiro Bright Stars at the FUFA Technical Center Njeru on 7th February.
The post-match analysis paints a dynamic picture of strategic adjustments, missed opportunities, and the evolving league standings.