Fear of facing a Uganda Premier League side was visible given how trembling Booma FC was at the start of their Uganda Cup semifinal against BUL FC on Tuesday.
In Masindi, Booma lost 5-1 but conceded three goals in the opening quarter of an hour, and, according to head coach Fred Alianitwe, the visitors took advantage of their shaky start.
“The fear was there which resulted in our sloppy beginning to the game, much to the advantage of BUL,” Alainitwe admitted while speaking to Football256..
“We were looking so disorganized, lost concentration early in the game and the away team scored three quick goals.”
“Injuries also disorganized us because three key players were absent, goalkeeper Francis Anguzu, defender Latif Biira, and the top scorer Adrian Kambale,” he added.
BUL scored through Simon Peter Oketch and Ibrahim Kazindula who both bagged a brace apiece while the other goal was netted by Karim Ndugwa from a penalty spot.
On the other hand, Booma’s only goal of the game was scored by Lenard Matuwa and that seems to be the end of the third division side’s fairytale unless they can pull off a rare miracle In Bugembe next week.
“Besides the poor start, I think we played well and what I am looking forward to is how we can have a good game in the second leg.”
“I am hopeful that all the players will be available for me to stage my best lineup and ensure that we play a good game no matter the results,” Alianitwe noted.
The two sides will meet again for the return leg of this two-legged affair at Kyabazinga Stadium on Thursday, May 19 and the winner on aggregate will storm the final.