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UPL: Epic Jinja Derby Ends All Square


StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Kirinya Jinja SS 2-2 BUL FC
Mighty Arena

The Jinja derby between Kirinya Jinja SS and BUL FC clearly brought out the true depiction of a football derby. From pre-match talk to the drama on pitch, it lived the billing.

The game played on Sunday at the Mighty Arena ended in a two all draw with hosts Kirinya Jinja SS needing to come from two goals down to salvage a point.

BUL FC led 2-0 at halftime through Farouk Banga and Deogratius Ojok but the school side rallied back in the second stanza with Fred Amaku and Joel Madondo scoring.

The game started with a lot of mind games especially from the visitors who initially denied to attend a pre match joint press briefing that was organised on Friday morning.

Come match day, BUL FC had refused to enter the dressing rooms but were ordered to do so by the match officials.

This seemed to have played in their favour by psychologically tormenting Kirinya Jinja SS. No wonder BUL FC took the lead inside the opening minute.


Banga formerly at Bright Stars jumped high to head home from Joshua Lubwama’s corner kick.

Moments later Wandyaka nearly doubled the lead but Kirinya Jinja SS had Allan Drajua to think for clearing a goal bound ball.

Midway through the first half, Joel Madondo had a twist and turn effort but his effort went just inches wide.

Ojok scored the second for the visitors at the half hour mark following a defence lapse by Isaac Isinde. This was his third goal in the last four games.

Kirinya made two changes after the break introducing Vincent Zziwa and Anthony Mayanja for Jerome Kirya and Faisal Muwawu.

Amaku halved the deficit in the 56th minute to give the school side hopes of a comeback.Ten minutes later, Madondo levelled matters with his 8th goal of the season.

This was the 5th draw between the two teams in as many meetings.

The result means both BUL FC and Kirinya Jinja SS remained unmoved in sixth and 8th position respectively. BUL FC have 20 points while Kirinya have 18.

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