BUL FC head coach Alex Isabirye believes that his side’s Uganda Cup semifinal shock win against the reigning Uganda Premier League champions Express FC will provide confidence to the boys going forward.
The Jinja side earned an unforeseen 1-0 hard fought victory against Red Eagles in a game played at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Thursday, September 23.
Owen Mukisa scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute to grant the home side an advantage. One that the mastery of the Wankulukuku side was unable to challenge.
“We are still building a team but I strongly believe that the win will give the lads the required confidence going forward,” Isabirye confidently said after the game.
“I am extremely happy about such a performance. When you look at our team we only had eleven players and one substitute, Ambrose Kirya, who had spent a full year out with an injury.”
“I would love to thank all the players and the coaching staff who did all it took to achieve this. I had earlier warned that we had the right blend of young and experienced players.”
“So I expected complacency from them and once it showed, hurt them that much was the game’s story.” He revealed.
Isabirye needed no invitation to speak highly about the goalscorer and the mentality that made him tick.
“Owen Mukisa is a talented player. He is always yearning to learn and even get better. He is always the first to turn up for training and I personally love his working ethics. The goal was a reward for his hard work,” he mentioned.
“We are building a team of strong belief and character. Giving Owen the armband was a statement to show how much I believe in him even though he was the youngest boy in the team.”
He would continue to talk about the team: “I am so excited about the plan being laid. I am sure that we are building a strong team that will be able to compete and perform in the league next season.”
This being BUL FC’s first final in the competition, Isabirye gives the glory to God for their luck but also highlights the importance of going back to assess the game with the players.
“We shall review the game in preparation for the final against Vipers. I believe our mentality is right and the team will be ready,” he concluded.
BUL FC are set to face Vipers SC in the finals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup at the same venue this Sunday, September 26 as both sides battle for this golden chance for silverware.