Kyesimira confident BUL can challenge KCCA, Vipers next season

BUL Bidco Football Club head coach Arthur Kyesimira has said that the club can challenge the balance of power at the top of the Uganda Premier League in the coming seasons.

The UPL has been dominated by rivals Vipers and KCCA for the better part of the last decade with both clubs winning nine out of 10 trophies since 2010.

But Kyesimira has expressed the belief that BUL can topple both clubs in the future with a new squad ready to fight hard in order to deliver the first major piece of silverware for the club.

BUL surprised many at the start of last season, going toe-to-toe with the front runners especially in the first round, but lost steam midway through the season going on to finish sixth, on 36 points, winning just two of their final 10 games of the season.

But the former Edgars Youth team coach has backed his team to go all the way this time and challenge for the title.

“The British say, don’t blow your own trumpet, but the Americans add that if you believe enough, please do. So, I believe that the clubs who have been on top like Vipers and KCCA are strong teams but we can push them,” Kyesimira told Sanyuka TV.

“Yes, there is a difference between a good team and a great team. Great teams are successful for a long time. We are a good team, but am sure after some years we shall be described as a great team.”

“We cannot get the next season underway without having that goal. Of course, different teams have different agendas at the start of the season, but we cannot be proud of fighting for survival as a club.”

Kyesimira believes that the current situation around the COVID-19 pandemic presents a whole new different game for many of the clubs, and while he expects arrivals, he does not expect to have many exits.

The coach and his bosses look to initiate a new philosophy at the club, but Kyesimira is twitchy that the outbreak of the global pandemic makes it hard for them to have all their targets because the scouting system has been affected by the lack of action.

“I believe in having a project which can foster the ground for winning, and it is something that we have agreed on with my bosses, because they want to instigate a new identity with the club.”

“The challenge now is that with the coronavirus pandemic in play, a lot has changed and we cannot get many of the options we want,” he said.

“We also don’t know when we can return and with the licensing process going on, it means we have to move as fast to get a lot of stuff on board and that makes the whole situation tricky.”

“We have a couple of players whose contracts have lapsed, but we have started talks over renewal for some of them while others the club will make an official statement soon, we have to wait and see.”

“We are also looking at having more battle-hardened players to come in, but they need to fit into the profile of what we want. We have already had arrivals and am confident that they bring something different to the squad and improve the quality of the squad,” Kyesimira stated.

BUL has already announced the additions of seven players including left back Aggrey Maddoi who joins the club from Wakiso Giants on a two-year contract.

Midfielder Ibrahim Mugulusi crosses over from cross-town rivals Busoga United while Davis Mutebi comes in from Police FC to bolster the goalkeeping department.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Kibaale Elvis, Douglas Bithum, Paul Mbaziira and Peter Onzima join from Kyesimira’s former side Edgars Youth Club.

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