BUL football club finished in the top four when their 1-0 win over SC Villa on Saturday pushed the points count to 52 after the final match day (30) of the Uganda premier league.
A top-quality performance from the Eastern Giants at Kyabazinga stadium did the job with a single Simon Peter Oketch goal deciding the contest and sealing the fourth place finish for BUL for the first time in history of the club.
Oketch scored the winner six minutes after the interval.
Before that, Ibrahim Mugulusi and Karim Ndugwa had a couple of opportunities as BUL were the better side before the break, and when our opponents had threatened, some classy defending by Douglas Muganga and Walter Ochora prevented Emmanuel Kalyowa from being tested during the first half.
In the second half, the Eastern Giants of course, were still dangerous, and the Jogoos were thankful that the boys did not carry enough of their scoring boots.
But on 51 minutes, Oketch took a superb pass from the exceptional Martin Aprem, utilized the space ahead of him, spun to his right before curling the ball beyond Meddie Kibirige in SC Villa’s goal to send a live Kyabazinga stadium into wild celebrations.
As the game reached its hour mark, Aprem had two goal scoring opportunities in the space of few minutes. The first, after good work and a string of neat line breaking passes amongst Oketch, Ndugwa and him was at first blocked before Kibirige sprung up quickly to grab the rebound.
And the second, after taking on SC Villa defenders by himself, fell into the hands of the goal keeper again.
The Eastern Giants, as hoped, were finding areas from which to threaten the Jogoos.
Ndugwa was at the receiving end of a fine Hillary Onek delivery into the box but the forward headed the ball across, and a few moments later, he saw another effort of his fly wide.
The visitors thought they had equalised on the 55th minute but it was ruled out for offside.
Later, Muganga channeled Sadam Juma’s dangerous free kick from the edge of the area into the corner, while Kalyowa made an easy catch of Travis Mutyaba’s shot twelve minutes from time to deny the visitors a point
With the Uganda premier league over now, BUL switch focus to Uganda cup business, with the final of the competition coming on June 12 in Masindi against Vipers SC.
Emmanuel Kalyowa, Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, Douglas Muganga, Pascal Ngobi, Jerome Kirya, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Hillary Onek, Ivan Wani, Karim Ndugwa, Simon Peter Oketch.
John Okurut, Umar Mukobe, Ibrahim Kazindula, Owen Mukisa, Martin Aprem, George Kasonko, Reagan Kalyowa