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Victorious BUL coach already looking ahead

Stanbic Uganda Cup final result

BUL 3-1 Vipers SC

BUL’s most successful season in the club’s history climaxed with their first ever major silverware following their commanding 3-1 victory over national champions, Vipers SC, in the Stanbic Uganda Cup final on Sunday.

The domestic Cup was also BUL coach Alex Isabirye’s third as coach, the first coming in 2012 with URA and the other a year later with the defunct Victoria University.

Interestingly, Isabirye beat the same opponent in the final, Vipers.

A brace by striker Karim Ndugwa and a goal from Simon Peter Oketch made this latest one possible.

“Nobody gave us a chance having finished 22 points behind Vipers in the league,” said Isabirye after Sunday’s final in Masindi.

“Luckily, we built our team around the virtue of competing for all the trophies before us and I guess Vipers were shocked with what hit them in the first 50 minutes.”

The victory means BUL will represent Uganda in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup, their first time ever on the continent.

“The club president (Ronald Barente) has given me his word on the transfer budget and soon we will be renegotiating my contract because it is left with one year,” Isabirye explained about their continental possibilities.

Isabirye returned to BUL for the third time in April last year on a two-year contract and has since transformed the club to serious competitors.

He has been involved with CAF club football before with URA and is eager to establish another memorable journey with BUL.

“I believe if we plan well and beef up we can give Uganda a respectable performance in the CAF Confederation Cup.

“However, we are mindful of the baggage that comes with balancing Caf duties and domestic action and we wouldn’t want to be relegated while at it.”

 

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