After the release of most of the senior players at BUL FC during the recently concluded transfer window, head coach Alex Isabirye assembled a more youthful team and promised faith in the younger generation.
They started well by edging Uganda Premier League defending champions Express FC 2-0 in the Stanbic Uganda Cup semifinals before they were humiliated 8-1 by Vipers SC in the final.
That humiliating loss to the Venoms left many unconvinced on whether Isabirye’s youthful side would manage the competition in the UPL ahead of the new 2021/22 season.
However, to the surprise of many, the BUL kids are proving a strong team, winning four of their six games with the most recent being a 2-1 win over SC Villa on Tuesday, November 23 at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.
“I am becoming more confident that these players are learning how to compete,” Isabirye told the media after the game before adding.
“Despite them being young, they are so hungry and dedicated and I am optimistic that gradually, we are going to have a very strong team.”
“I am glad that we have registered three points because it was not an easy game against Villa” he added.
Musa Esenu was on target twice while Isaac Ogwang scored Villa’s consolation in a game where the hosts also received a red card. It was shown to youngster Oscar Mawa for a high boot and an elbow on Aggrey Madoi.
The oil manufacturers have lost only one game this campaign, 1-0 to Express while they fought back to draw 2-2 with URA FC, having gone down 2-0 at one moment in the game.
The Jinja based side is positioned third on the UPL 16 team log with 13 points, level with second placed Vipers who have a better goal difference and a game in hand.