Saturday, October 1
*Blacks Power 0-5 BUL
BUL ruined Blacks Power’s top flight debut with a humiliating 5-0 defeat as league football returned in Lira for the first time in more than a decade.
Karim Ndugwa and Richard Wandyaka scored a double each and Jerome Kirya was also on target for the Visitors as Blacks Power failed to combart a frenetic start from BUL at Akibua Stadium.
Ndugwa opened proceedings with an opener in the 10th minute when he sent a volley from outside the area far beyond Keeper Emmanuel Odong’s reach for the first goal of the 2022/23 UPL season.
Kirya doubled the lead with a sweeping finish after Blacks Power failed to defend a low assist from Hilary Onek.
And it went from bad to worse when Wandyaka scored two quick fire goals before halftime to silence a sizeable crowd.
His first was off poor defending from Blacks Power to score in an unguarded net after the goalkeeper had come out to deny Ndugwa.
While his second was a rebound after Goalkeeper had spilled Reagan Kalyowa’s header to bundle in from close range.
Ndugwa got his brace just at restart, planting in an header past substitute goalkeeper Ibrahim Ssekeba after a well weighed in corner.
It’s a false and miserable start for Blacks Power who failed to find a consolation in what turned out to be a one-sided game.
Bronson Nsubuga twice came close but denied by goalkeeper Emmanuel Kalyowa who also kept out an effort from Dickens Okwir as the hosts tried to give their fans something to at least smile about.
The result may be shocking for Blacks Power but expected against a BUL side that finished fourth and won the Uganda Cup last season.
And it’s back to drawing board for Coach Peter Onen and his charges who start the season at the foot of the table.
Maximum points for Alex Isabirye’s BUL who bundled out of the CAF Confederation Cup at the first hurdle after falling to Future FC on a 1-0 aggregate defeat.
What next – Blacks Power visit Busoga United on Wednesday while BUL host UPDF next Saturday
*Blacks Power – Emmanuel Odong, Franco Onen, Paul Acire, Ahmed Amayo, Ivan Okello, Simon Misaki Opio, Bronson Nsubuga, Dickens Okwir, Francis Onekalit, Michael Siwu, Mujahid Baden
*BUL – Emmanuel Kalyowa, Ronald Otti, Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, George Kasonko, Pascal Ngobi, Jerome Kirya, Reagan Kalyowa, Hilary Onek, Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka,