Bul were left to rue their missed chances on the opening day of the season as Kefa Kisala’s men settled for a barren draw against debutants Mbarara City at Kakindu Stadium.
The Jinja side needed only eight minutes to make their first shot on goal after Yunus Sibira did the donkey work to feed new addition Richard Wandyaka, but the latter sent his shot over the bar.
Bul continued to create chances and should have broken the deadlock in the thirteenth minute, but Wandyaka who again was fed by Sibira fluffed the opportunity.
The former URA striker’s scoring instincts were once again in question when he failed to tap in James Otim’s lovely cross from the left in the 38th minute and the hosts ended the first half disappointingly.
The second half saw a frustrated Kisala make a double change in the opening minute as he introduced Martin Kivumbi for James Otim and Daniel Shabena for a wasteful Wandyaka, but none of the substitutes really made an impact.
Like their hosts, Mbarara City made two changes at the start of the second half, with assistant coach Viani Bainomugisha introducing Boniface Aman and Brian Ahebwa for Nigerian Elieza Okorie and Sam Kansime respectively and their changes, unlike Bul’s, made an impact.
Although no goals were scored, the duo changed the game and the visitors dominated possession. While clear-cut chances weren’t frequent, Bul were kept at the back, with both Aman and Ahebwa constantly threatening to score.
The visitors who started the game on the back foot ended on a high, much to the joy of the traveling fans and the technical bench that didn’t have head coach Richard Makumbi for reasons unknown.