BUL FC are braced for the 7th consecutive league appearence.
By: Gladys Zawedde
BUL FC is a Jinja based club which hosts its league games at Kakindu Stadium. Despite being one of the best funded teams in the league, BUL spent the entire part of last season in the bottom fighting for survival.
BUL is one of the teams that survived relegation at the expense of Lweza on the last match of the season. They finished 11th on the table with 33 points after drawing with Onduparaka 1-1 at Kakindu.
BUL fc is fond of hauling its squad every transfer window bringing very many new faces. This time round, the club let go of 3/4 of the squad it used in the second half of last season.
THE TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT
Kefa Kisala will be coaching BUL for his second stint
Kefa Kisala returns to BUL as the head coach after being sacked in early 2015. He has also previously coached Masaka LC, Express and URA fc where he was last season until February this year. He will be assisted by Peter Onen, Kiwanuka David ‘Tirika’ (Fitness coach) and Bright Dhaira (goalkeeping coach)
BUL FC released close to 20 players of which some had contracts expired and not renewed. Players released included Bwete Brian ‘Ziggi’, Walulya Derrick, Oromchan Villa, Isaac Sserunkuma, Buni Godfrey, Asuman Halishe Kihogo, Mukisa Junior, Luzige Edgar, Nsumba Augustine, Yeseri Waibi, Lubega Titus, Sempiira Phillip, Yuda Mugalu Luyima, Katende Jonathan and Serumira Bronson. Achema Robert and Kawooya Farouk who were on loan were also let go after their spells expired.
Hakim Magombe will lead BUL FC as Captain in the 2017/18 season
BUL fc has made a number of signings and these are Martin Kivumbi from Bright Stars, Abdul Mayanja from KCB, Patrick Asiku Crespo and Didi Muhammed both from Soana, Mike Ndera from SC Villa, Daniel Shabena and Musa Walangarira from JMC Hippos, Yusuf Mukisa from Proline, William Otong from Mbeya City, Joshua Masene from Busia Fisheries, Hannington Ssebwalunyo from Ndejje University, James Otim from Kirinya Jinja SS, Wandyaka Richard from URA, Muhindo Jean Pierre from AS Bwendere and Lawrence Nduga.
On loan Patrick Sembuya has also extended his spell at BUL from Vipers. Midfielder Brian Kakaire is a late inclusion to the squad after completing a loan move from Vipers.
THE MEN TO WATCH
Patrick Crespo Asiku
Veteran striker Patrick Asiku Crespo is a former BUL captain who returns to the Jinja based club after spending last season at Soana fc. He is also the club’s highest scorer in the league since its promotion in 2011.
Winger Mike Ndera is also on a return at BUL fc having spent part of the 2015-16 season at the club on loan from SC Villa. However, he has signed for BUL on a permanent basis and provided with sufficient playing time, he can pay dividends.
Daniel Shabena is a new signing from relegated JMC Hippos FC
Shabena was by far JMC Hippos’ best player last season and has now switched to BUL fc following the relegation of JMC. Formerly at KJT Rwenshama, Shabena has already proved as a dependable player especially when facing big sides.
Following an overhaul, BUL fc managed to retain some of the senior players like Fred
Agandu, Hassan Musana, Hamis Tibita , Shaka Ssozi, David Bagoole, Yunus Sibira, Umar Mukobe, Paul Mujampani and Magombe Hakim.
The full squad
Mujampani Paul, Hannington Sebwalunnyo, Didi Muhammad Kasule.
Umaru Mukobe, Fred Agandu, Hakim Magombe, Hassan Musana, William Otong, Mayanja Abdul, Musa Walangalira, Yusuf Mukisa.
Martin Kivumbi, James, Otim, Daniel Shabena, Richard Wandyaka, Masene Joshua, Brian Kakaire, Muhindo Jean Pierre, Patrick, Sembuya, Yunus Sibira.
Mike Ndera, Patrick Crespo Asiku, Lawrence Nduga, Shaka Ssozzi, Tibita Hamisi.
This will be BUL FC’s 7th consecutive season in the league, they need to do away with the perennial mid table team tag and fight for bigger things, they are fairly financed and they need to find some consistency in squad retention.