Mbarara City’s assistant coach Viani Bainomugisha branded their barren draw against Bul on the opening day of the season a ‘massive result’.
The western side had a slow start on their maiden appearance in the Uganda Premier league, with the side kept on the back foot in the first half, but turned out a different outfit in the second half when Boniface Oman and Brian Ahebwa were introduced at the start of the half.
“I’m extremely happy for this result,” Bainomugisha said. “Bul had the ball more in the first half but we held on and did a tactical change in the second half. We brought in Boniface [Oman] and Brian [Ahebwa] to run down their defense and they could have actually got us all the three points.
“We are happy to go back home with a point. It’s our first game in the Uganda Premier League, away from home and we draw; this is a massive result for us. It’s a good beginning for us. Now we shall try to do better in our next game which will be our first home game.”
Mbarara City who didn’t have head coach Richard Makumbi on the bench for reasons unknown missed five of their starters including Maqueth Worr, Santos Hakizimana, Junior Aineamani, Jasper Ahabwe and Clinton Kamugisha due to licensing issues, but Bainomugisha insisted their absence didn’t quite affect the team.
“We play as a team. We don’t rely on one or two individuals. We obviously missed them, but not greatly because we play as team.”