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Postby Banija » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:27 pm

The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Basic Information Part II


List of BSL champions
Season 1- Jinja City FC
Season 2- Hoima Warriors
Season 3- Herzegovina City FC
Season 4- Herzegovina City FC
Season 5- Istria City FC
Season 6- Herzegovina City FC(undefeated)
Season 7- Busukuma AC
Season 8- Herzegovina CIty FC

List of Kabaka's Cup Champions
Season 2- Jinja City FC
Season 3- Hoima Warriors
Season 4- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Istria City FC
Season 7- Herzegovina City FC
Season 8- Busukuma AC

List of RBSA Cup Champions
Season 1- Hoima Warriors
Season 2- Askatasuna FC
Season 3- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 4- Jinja City FC
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Busembe Timberwolves
Season 7- Istria City FC
Season 8- Jaribga Soccer Club

List of teams by UICA Group Stage Appearances
UICA Champions Cup 71- Herzegovina City FC
UICA Globe Cup 69- Istria City FC
UICA Champions Cup 73- Herzegovina City FC

Golden Boot
Season 5- Lin Moon(CMT), Jinja City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Silver Boot
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Alanso Tamba(BNJ), Busukuma AC
League MVP
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Manager of the Year
Season 6- Brian Emerson(COS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Flip Kollias(BNJ), Kitara AA
Season 8- Adam Jeffreys(VLZ), Bunyoro RSC
Newcomer of the Year
Season 7- Orion Etzebeth(NPH), Herzegovina Phoenix
Golden Glove
Season 5- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC

List of BSL records- For this, records only count from a 38 game season, so stats from Season 1 are not considered. Records count from league games only.
Most Individual Goals in a season: 29. Lin Moon(CMT), Jinja City FC in Season 5 & Assefa Yitebarke, Istria City FC in Season 7
Most Individual Assists in a season: 19. Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC in Season 5.
Most wins in a season: 31. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most points in a season: 100. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most Team Goals For in a season: 108. Herzegovina City FC, Season 4.
Most Draws in a season: 18. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, Season 4.
Best Goal Difference in a season: +67. Herzegovina City FC, Season 4.
Fewest Losses in a season: 0. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Fewest Team Goals Allowed in a season: 19. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6 & Busukuma AC, Season 7.
Fewest Team Goals For in a season: 22. Lakiska SC, Season 7.
Fewest wins in a season: 2. Dukuma SC, Season 2 & Dukuma SC, Season 8.
Fewest points in a season: 14. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Team Goals Allowed in a season: 111. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Losses in a season: 28. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Worst Goal Difference in a Season: -60. Dukuma SC, Season 2.

Major Rivalries

Istria City Derby between Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC

This is a derby within Banija's biggest city, and it is the country's oldest rivalry- Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC both having played each other a number of times, well before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League. There is no love lost between these pair of crosstown rivals. Istria City FC is the bigger side, the fancier and glitzier side, with a league title under its belt, an appearance in the UICA Globe Cup knockout stages under its belt, and competing every season to be the best. It has prime real estate on the coastline, and one of the newer stadiums in Banija, in Kabonero III Field. As for Rukunbi FC, they play in the Rukunbi District, which is the Eastern part of town, and the lower income part of the city. Their fans are known for making an intimidating home atmosphere, and are certainly considered Banija's most violent fanbase. So it's always a fun one when these two meet.

The high point of this rivalry came in Season 6, when Rukunbi FC beat Istria City FC 2-0 in a massive upset at home, and the fans, excited over the major victory, stormed the field. They had to, after that, play a game behind closed doors on their home field. The two clubs also tangled, of course, when both put their stadiums forward to host matches in World Cup 81, though it was Kabonero III Field that won out over Eastern Stadium, whcih is an older stadium. Expect fireworks every time these two play, cause you'll never know what you'll get.

Battle for Hangaza's Soul between Jinja City FC and Aissa United Football Club

This is a hot blooded rivalry between the two BSL sides from the Hangaza region. Jinja City FC, the region's big and historically dominant side, from the region's largest city and one of Banija's largest city's in general, and the team from Aissa United FC, the regional capital, and a much smaller city. The rivalry, as one might imagine, is usually dominated by Jinja City FC, but arguably the rivalry's most famous moment came courtesy of Aissa United.

In Season 5, the title race was coming down to Jinja City FC and Istria CIty FC. On the second to final matchday, Istria City FC had 82 points, while Jinja City FC had 83. Istria City FC had a draw- so entering the nightcap, a Jinja City FC victory would leave them needing only a draw on Matchday 38 to win the league. However, Aissa United, away from home, stunned the league leaders 1-0, who then finished in second place on goal difference. A mere point in this game, then, would have won them the league- and that's the closest they've come to their second BSL title since, which is a considerable point of pride for Aissa United. Their matches, since then, have always been high intensity.

The Southern Rumble between Busukuma Athletic Club and the Hoima Warriors

The Southern Rumble is a rivalry between the two Super 5 clubs in the southern part of the country- Busukuma AC and the Hoima Warriors. With Hoima really bereft of a local derby, and Busukuma AC not paying much attention to their local rivals in the Busukuma Force, this one has emerged as the chief rivalry for both teams. They compete on and off the fields, especially in the SOuthern Ankole region, for fans, for players, for all kinds of ways to demonstrate their supremacy.

Busukuma AC, of course, at least has won a title in the past five seasons- the Warriors cannot say the same. There's not really a defining moment in this rivalry, as they've never really competed for trophies at the same time, nor has one side derailed the other in a title race, or anything of that sort, but we know that all this rivalry needs is a spark. Once you lit the match, it can really come off here between two of Banija's Super 5 clubs.

Herzegovina City Derby between Herzegovina City FC and Herzegovina Phoenix

The Phoenix were one of the four expansion sides in Season 2,and they immediately developed a rivalry with the other local club side, Herzegovina City FC. Since, over the course of the last 6 seasons, Herzegovina City FC have almost certainly been Banija's most dominant side, with 4 league titles and a pair of UICA Champions Cup group stage appearances in that era, the Phoenix have been chasing. They've played in numerous high profile matches, especially in Seasons 6 and 7, when the Phoenix were in regular contention for the top four.

The most famous moment on the Herzegovina City side, is when they clinched the league title against the Phoenix in Season 6, with a stunning victory on Matchday 33 over their archrivals, en route to the BSL's only ever undefeated season. For the Phoenix, it probably had to be a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Kabaka's Cup that kicked off Season 4, to earn a trophy for the 2nd season in a row, but this one at the expense of their city archrivals.

North v. South Battle between Istria City FC and Herzegovina City FC

This is part of the larger rivalry between the cities of Istria and Herzegovina City, the two largest cities, and two epicenters, of the Moravica region. Istria, Banija's largest city, and Herzegovina is the oldest city- and the regional capital. The rivalry is perhaps best expressed in the college sports edition of the rivalry, when Northern Moravica, from Herzegovina City, and Loyola-Istria, from Istria, play against each other. But that rivalry is part of the rivalry between the two cities in general, and how can it ever be expressed better than on the pitch?

The high point of this rivalry is probably Season 5, when Istria City FC ended Herzegovina City's quest for a three-peat in the league, by winning their first, and to date, only BSL title. In the RBSA Cup Final that same season, they met in the Final, with Istria City FC looking to become the first ever BSL side to complete a league/cup double. This was not going to happen, however, as the two played a 4-4 thriller, with then Herzegovina City manager Kolt Freegan lifting the trophy high after winning on penalties. Their rematch in the Kabaka's Cup to open the next season saw Istria City FC take its revenge, with the rivalry being solidified between two of the league's top sides.

Battle of the Islands between Dukuma SC and Lakiska SC

This is the rivalry between the two sides from the Busoga Islands- Dukuma SC, and Lakiska SC. Historically, these were the only two sides from the islands to be in the Banijan Soccer League, and even with the addition of the pyramid, and the independence of the Busoga Islands as their own country, this remained to be true. However, these two teams usually hovered towards the bottom of the league table, and therefore ,the rivalry, while fierce locally, has never had any real national implication.

Of course, things are going to change. While in Season 7, they both survived, they took wildly divergent paths in Season 8. While Lakiska SC rose a stunning 12 spots up the table, into 5th, it was Dukuma SC who descended, once again, and only won 2 games out of 38 on the season. Earning only 15 points, they finished last, and were the sole team relegated. The path up is brutal, as only one of the 68 get promoted on annual basis. And, of course, Dukuma SC is an utter and absolute mess, as was seen last season. Who knows when Dukuma will get promoted again to renew the rivalry? That is unknown, but Lakiska is now primed to be the lone Islander side in the top flight for a number of years, and we'll see what that means the next time this rivalry is renewed, at whatever point that might be.
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Postby Banija » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:28 pm


Banija's Regional Soccer Leagues - Season 5 Basic Information

The Royal Banijan Soccer Association is proud to present the second layer of Banija's soccer pyramid in both Banija and the Busoga Islands- the Regional League system. The Northwestern League, the Lower Coastal League, the Northern League, and the Southern League, combine to criss-cross the two nations. Each league is fully professional, and each team, besides Capitol City Football Club and now Bwubanza City Soccer Club, is fan owned- as opposed to the BSL, which is a franchise based league.

This will be the fifth season of full integration of the Regional League System into the Banijan soccer pyramid. These are the leagues where RBSA participants in the UICA Serie B Champions Cup come from. One team is promoted from the regional leagues to the BSL each and every season. ALl four league champions enter a promotion playoff, where they are randomly drawn against each other for two-legged ties. The two winners play a one-off final at the Stadium of the Restoration, and the winner is the sole team promoted to the Banijan Soccer League. The three regional league champions who do not get promoted qualify directly to the Serie B Champions Cup.

The Northwestern League
Regions- Moravica & Busoga Islands
1. AFC Kosactus. AFCK. Location: Kosactus, Moravica. Color: Red.
Kosactus Stadium
Capacity of 11,000.

2. Taramazna United. TMU. Location: Taramazna, Moravica. Color: Blue.
Abeselome Field
Capacity of 5,500.

3. Eastern Moravica Football Club. EMFC. Location: Iziarad, Moravica. Color: Scarlet.
University of Moravica Multi-Purpose Field
Capacity of 16,500. Rents the facility from the University of Moravica.

4. Jaribga Soccer Club. JSC. Location: Jaribga, Busoga. Color: Blue.
Jarigba Soccer Stadium
Capacity of 4,000.

5. Tezirbu Foxes. TZF. Location: Tezirbu, Busoga. Color: Green.
Southern Busoga Soccer Park
Capacity of 3,700.

6. Slobochia Bears. SBB. Location: Slobochia, Moravica. Color: Purple.
Slobochia City Field.
Capacity of 6,600.

7. Koszagard City. KZC. Location: Koszagard, Moravica. Color: Orange.
Koszagard City Stadium.
Capacity of 4,400.

8. Barmos United. BU. Loction: Barmos, Moravica. Color: Green.
Lilley Road
Capacity of 7,700.

9. Dukuma Sporting Club. DSC. Location: Dukuma, Busoga. Colors: Purple & white.
Orange Field, capacity of 17,000.

10. Suwawa FC. SFC. Location: Suwawa, Moravica. Color: Green.
Crystal Road.
Capacity of 11,110.

11. Tripoli Foresters. TRI. Location: Tripoli, Busoga. Color: Green.
Forest Stadium
Capacity of 10,300.

12. Nezrouch Rovers. NR. Location: Nezrouch, Busoga. Color: Blue.
Rovers Arena
Capacity of 5,400.

THe Lower Coastal League
Regions: Ankole, Kitara, National Capitol Region
1. Kwadama Dojo. KWD. Location: Kwadama, Ankole. Colors: Red.
Kwadama City Field.
Capacity of 11,300.

2. Kabakono City. KBC. Location: Kabakona, Kitara. Colors: Blue.
Kilebe Road.
Capacity of 12,000.

3. Nsade United. NDU. Location: Nsade, Ankole. Colors: Blue.
Nsade United City Stadium
Capacity of 17,800[/url].

4. AFC Akwadua. AKW. Location: Akwadua, Kitara. Colors: Blue.
St.Matthew Park
Capacity of 7,600.
5. Dimbogourou Sporting Club. DSC. Location: Dimbogourou, Ankole. Colors: Purple.
Commonwealth Stadium
Capacity of 10,400.
6. Kiala Athletic Society. KAS. Location: Kiala, Kitara. Colors: Pink.
The Valley
Capacity of 6,800.

7. Zakuta City. ZKC. Location: Zakuta, Ankole. Colors: Green.
Forest Stadium
Capacity of 8,600.

8. Dioro Athletic. DJA. Location: Djoro, Kitara. Colors: Green.
Recreation Ground
Capacity of 6,700.

9. Baleweye Football Club. BFC. Location: Baleweye, Ankole. Colors: Turquoise.
Mamela Road
Capacity of 9,700.

10. Mamari City. MMC. Loction: Mamari, Kitara. Colors: Blue.
Mamari Valley Stadium
Capacity of 4,800.

11. Ogbordu Diamond Football Club. ODFC. Location: Hoima, Ankole. Colors: Orange.
Hoima City Park
Capacity of 18,600.

12. Capitol City Football Club. CCFC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol region(coterminous borders). Colors: Blue.
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Capacity of 29,400.

Northern League
Regions: Hangaza & Aksum
1. Igulu City Football Club. ICFC. Location: Igulu, Hangaza. Colors: Blue.
Igulu City Field.
Capacity of 18,600.

2. Luguyala Patriots. LGY. Location: Luguyala, Aksum. Colors: Red.
Patriot Stadium
Capacity of 8,600.

3. Nanami Dragons. NNI. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Colors: Orange.
The Dragon's Nest
Capacity of 12,300. Shares stadium with archrival Selekawe Knights. Stadium located where Nanami and Selekawe neighborhoods meet.

4. Selekawe Knights. KNT. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Colors: Blue.
The Dragon's Nest
Capacity of 12,300. Shares stadium with archrival Nanami Dragons. Stadium located where Nanami and Selekawe neighborhoods mmet.

5. Garixas City. GXC. Location: Garixas, Hangaza. Colors: Blue.
Union Stadium
Capacity of 7,400.

6. Thayaferu United. TYF. Location: Thayaferu, Aksum. Colors: Pink.
The Queen's PlayGround
Capacity: 6,500.

7. Okakameb City. OKB. Location: Okakameb, Hangaza. Colors: Orange.
Okakameb City Field
Capacity of 12,400.

8. AFC Okahavi. OKH. Location: Okahavi, Aksum. Colors: Red.
Hills Stadium
Capacity of 8,700.

9. Duntho Sporting Club. DSC. Loction: Duntho, Hangaza. Colors: Green.
Duntho Public Sporting Facility
Capacity of 6,500. Owned by the city. Rented by DSC, Also used by local high school teams.

10. Cerenus United. CNU. Location: Cerenus, Aksum. Colors: Pink.
The Lion's DenCapacity of 5,400.

11. Gadive City. GDC. Location: Gadive City, Hangaza. Colors: Red.
Hampton Roads
Capacity of 15,400.

12. Koksho City. KSH. Location: Koksho, Aksum. Colors: Green.
Koksho City Arena..
Capacity of 17,000.

Southern League
Regions: Buganda & Bunyoro
1. Umbazi Footballers Association. UFA. Location: Umbazi, Buganda. Colors: Red.
NightWatch Stadium
Capacity of 8,900. Their main rivals were Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club before UMFC was chosen for the BSL as opposed to UFA.

2. Dodoma City Sporting Club. DCSC. Location: Dodoma, Bunyoro. Colors: Green.
Dodomo City Stadium.
Dodomo City Stadium, Capacity of 33,000. Used to share stadium with Bunyoro RSC. Dodoma City SC v. Bunyoro RSC was the most played fixture in Banijan history before the advent of the BSL.

3. Bwubanza City Soccer Club. BCSC. Location: Bwubanza, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue
Bwubanza City Park, capacity of 40,000.

4. Kigagana Mountaineers. KGG. Location: Kigagana, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue.
Mountain Stadium
Capacity of 3,900.

5. Busemlu Park Sporting Club. BSM. Location: Busemlu Park, Buganda. Colors: Orange.
Allopu II Stadium
Capacity: 8,600. Named after the only Banijan monarch to ever be born in the Buganda region.

6. Mukegara Warriors. MKG. Location: Mukegara, Bunyoro. Colors: Green.
Stade Jacques IX
Capacity of 3,400. Only stadium in Banija named after a foreigner. It takes on the name of the head of the Quebecois Commonwealth, which Banija is a member of. The Head of the Commonwealth is invested in the role of the Head of State of the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, who is currently Jacques IX

7. Pumbasa Boars. PUM. Location: Pumbasa, Buganda. Colors: Orange.
Pumbasa City Park
Capacity of 6,800.
8. Byakado City. BYK. Location: Byakado, Bunyoro. Colors: Orange.
Byakado City Park
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9. Boufaya Ravens. BFY. Location: Boufaya, Buganda. Colors: Blue.
The Bird's Nest
Capacity of 9,100.

10. Sororo City. SOR. Location: Sororo, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue.
Sororo City Park
Capacity of 10,300

11. Abomfa United. ABM. Location: Abomfa, Buganda. Colors: Red.
Abomfa Field
Capacity of 9,700.

12. Amaku City Football Club. ACFC. Location: Amaku, Bunyoro. Colors: Red.
Amaku Football Arena
Capacity of 8,800.
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Postby Banija » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:13 pm

Banijan Regional League System - Season 5 Rosters

Underlined players are Banijan internationals.
Nationality is listed if they are not Banijan.
Italicized players are internationals for a foreign country.

The Northwestern League
1. Dukuma Sporting Club.
Manager: Yaser Karimi(Al Qurija). 65 years old, 4th season at club(member of Karimi family, owners of Dukuma SC)
Starters: 4-4-2 diamond.
GK #1 Ayman Jawdat Sultan. Age 25(Al Qurija)
RB #14 Haresh Kekade. Age 21(Busoga Islands)
CB #5 Demba Kinteh. Age 18.
CB #6 Bunama Hairte. Age 21.
LB #23 Baslios Fisseha. Age 37(Busoga Islands). Captain.
CDM #21 Vyomaang Yuval. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
LM #7 Kinuthia Warari. Age 21(Busoga Islands)
RM #18 Kekoto Hairte. Age 22.
CAM #10 Jay Khano. Age 23(Busoga Islands).
RS #19 Girum Mikias. Age 35(Busoga Islands).
LS #9 Kurtis Southwell. Age 29(Brenecia).

2. Barmos United.
Manager: Felipe Bergoglio(Amazonesta). Age 57. 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Anti Kandeh. 24 years old (Female).
RB #20 Nirav Sopar. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
CB #4 Nhamo Rugeje. Age 29.
CB #5 Nassim Samir Nejem. Age 25(Al Qurija).
LB #3 Tarirai Towungana. Age 34. Captain.
RM #14 Tateguru Chikwava. Age 32.
CM #23 Chenjerai Mugabe. Age 34.
CM #10 Burama Jawo. Age 22.
LM #12 Bassirou Jarju. Age 19.
RS #15 Yaya Kama. Age 23.
LS #7 Fara Sey. Age 21.

3. AFC Kosactus.
Manager: Elijah Bryan. Age 53. 8th year at club.
Formation: 3-5-2.
GK #1 Jacob Yusai. Age 27. Captain.
RB #2 Thabo Tsholofelo. Age 30.
CB #5 Chukwudi Oby. Age 26.
LB #4 Ayele Gizaw. Age 23.
RDM #18 Ebrahima Kandeh. Age 19.
LDM #14 Ismaela Guissé. Age 21.
LM #17 Rebatho Magosi. Age 32.
RM #8 Lama Diouf. Age 20.
CAM #8 Baaitse Sesupo. Age 31. Captain.
RS #10 Olebogeng Bakang. Age 31.
LS #9 Moagisi Morongwa. Age 30.

4. Suwawa FC.
Manager: Estève Palomer. Age 59(Nuovo Juvencus). 4th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1.
GK #1 Ohlud Venzi. Age 26.
LWB #13 Busang Diphetogo. Age 31.
LCB #4 Fanding Jobateh. Age 22.
CB #5 Jabril Faye. Age 21.
RCB #16 Uchechee Agu. Age 22.
RWB #19 Ookeditse Theofilo. Age 32.
LM #17 Babaja Mansaré. Age 19.
CM #8 Kun Kuya. Age 22.
CM #15 Reginius Kunst. Age 20(Cosumar).
RM #14 Seako Mothibi. Age 31. Captain.
ST #12 Thomas Bishop. Age 30(Velestria).

5. Tezirbu Foxes
Manager: Mohammed Al-Jeafar. Age 64. 7th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond.
GK #1 Abadar Al-Jeafar. Age 42(first son of the manager). (Busoga Islands)
RB #2 Qaasin Hussein. Age 29. (Busoga Islands)
CB #4 Fihr Muhammed Bousaid. Age 28(Al Qurija)
CB #5 Qaaje Nassar. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
LB #3 Makang Jallow. Age 18.
CDM #18 Abbas Behdad. Age 20(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Mashhur Al-Jeafar. Age 23(first son of Abadar Al-Jeafar and grandson of manager Mohammed Al-Jeafar). (Busoga Islands)
RM #8 Freydoun Rezghi. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Shakeel el-Salih. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
RS #11 Hamad el-Ghazi. Age 36(Busoga Islands). Captain.
LS #9 Kabeer al-Sadri. Age 29(Busoga Islands).

6. Eastern Moravica FC
Manager: Oscar Boateng.. 5th season at club. 59 years old.
Formation: 4-2-3-1.
GK #1 Rohey Bajo. 24 years old (Female).
RB #2 Madoda Hani. Age 30.
CB #5 Ebrima Kabba. Age 18.
CB #4 Yakube Kinte. Age 19.
LB #3 Phakamile Vavi. Age 32.
RDM #8 Ebrahima Kandeh. Age 20.
LDM #14 Cyper Touray. Age 21.
RAM #11 Hlomela Ntini. Age 33.
CAM #10 Onke Ntlokwana. Age 30. Captain.
LAM #7 Silumko Ngubenani. Age 29.
CF #9 Khuzani Nzo. Age 28.

7. Jaribga Soccer Club
Manager: Ermacora Dinapoli. Age 64(Juvencus). 4th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 diamond.
GK #1 Hibbaan al-Shareef. Age 27(Busoga Islands). Captain.
RB #2 Jamaal Khalid Tawfiq. Age 26(Al Qurija)
CB #5 Behzad Bina. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
LB #35 Naaji al-Azam. Age 26(Busoga Islands).
CDM #14 Gotay Ajaay. Age 30(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Davoud Qasemi. Age 21.
RM #8 Suhail el-Shams. Age 36(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Ismaela Sohna. Age 19.
LW #11 Tareef el-Salik. Age 33(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Asmar al-Alli. Age 30(Busoga Islands).
RW #7 Hamza el-Abu. Age 31(Busoga Islands).

8. Slobochia Bears.
Manager: Travis Yeste. Age 55. 7th season at club.
Formation: 3-1-3-2-1
GK #1 Trae Borga. Age 38.
RB #2 Sigqibo Holomisa. Age 35. Triplet brother of other two defenders on the Bears.
CB #5 Bonani Holomisa. Age 35. Triplet brother of other two defenders on the Bears.
LB #3 Sonwabile Biko. Age 35. Triplet brother of other two defenders on the Bears.
CDM #6 Ebrah Corr. Age 29.
LM #17 Buzwe Ntshona. Age 25.
CM #8 Carl Stieber. Age 30(Equestrian States). Captain.
RM #7 Karamba Tityana. Age 22.
LAM #10 Mangaliso Mandela. Age 32.
RAM #14 Ermias Dibaba. Age 25.
ST #9 Dingindawo Pokwana. Age 31.

9. Koszagard City
Manager: Karafa Dibba. Age 40. First season at club.
Formation; 4-2-4.
GK #1 Mantek Ranwa. Age 25(Busoga Islands).
RB #2 Abdoulaye Condé. Age 19.
CB #5 Diliza Nqakula. Age 32.
CB #4 Velile Makwetu. Age 32.
LB #3 Wendimu Retta. Age 26.
CM #8 Thamsanqa Pukwana. Age 30. Captain.
CM #14 Sizamile Siganeko. Age 29.
LW #11 Mzwakhe Siwani. Age 26.
RS #9 Reza Freydooni. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
LS #10 Victor Frost. Age 31(Ethane).
RW #7 Manlafi Singhateh. Age 29.

10. Nezrouch Rovers
Manager: Alberto Cuandro(Age 60). Amazonesta. Fourth season as manager at the club.
Formation: 4-3-3
GK #1 Zigar Singh. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
RB #2 Jamaal el-Akhtar. Age 32(Busoga Islands).
CB #15 Sirvan Rahnema. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
CB #29 Aziz Dehghan. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
LB #3 Ala al-Din Mahomet El-Hashem. Age 23(Al Qurija)
CM #8 Jallal Abbasi. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
CM #18 Rajab al-Ben. Age 32(Busoga Islands). Captain.
CAM #10 Logan Mabiala. Age 21.
LW #11 Dileep Fulzele. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
ST #12 Arjun Singh. Age 18(Busoga Islands).
RW #7 Masud Latif. Age 27(Busoga Islands).

11. Taramazna United.
Manager: Yasser Qadir. Age 65(Al-Qurija). Fourth season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Njongo Jabavu. Age 26.
RB #2 Yekile Nzo. Age 30.
CB #5 Fezile Ntsokwana. Age 34.
CB #4 Fanding Jobateh. Age 20.
LB #3 Parviz Blourian. Age 18(Busoga Islands).
RM #7 Senzile Rubusana. Age 36. Captain.
CM #14 Mzwandile Tyali. Age 32
CM #8 Viwe Sobukwe. Age 39.
LM #23 Phumlani Ngcaba. Age 30.
LS #9 Lelethu Jongilanga. Age 36.
RS #12 Qondile Gomay. Age 26.

12. Tripoli Foresters
Manager: Josiah Buba(Busoga Islands). 43 years old. Former Banijan men's national team player. Fourth season as coach. Born & raised in Tripoli.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Kylian Jawara. Age 20(Busoga Islands).
RB #2 Karim Shahi. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Gul Dall. Age 25(twin brother of Sahar Dall). (Busoga Islands)
CB #4 Sahar Dall. Age 25(twin brother of Gul Dall). (Busoga Islands)
LB #13 Raj Potrick. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Kiran Sapar. Age 19(Busoga Islands).
CM #8 Fateen al-Tabet. Age 32(Busoga Islands).
CM #10 Qusay Binyamin Ajam. Age 23(Al Qurija)
RM #7 Yoosuf al-Zakaria. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
RS #9 Darmal Chughtai. Age 33(Busoga Islands). Captain.
LS #11 Samsor Lanjwani. Age 26(Busoga Islands).

Lower Coastal League
1. Kabakono City
Manager: Juma Ouattara. 41 years old. 2nd season at the club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Karafa Touray. Age 26.
RB #12 Juma Jammeh. Age 35.
CB #4 Fumnanya Chukwuma. Age 23.
CB #5 Paboy Mansaré. Age 19.
LB #2 John Balong. Age 23.
RM #11 Senay Dejene. Age 26.
CM #10 Oby Uchee. Age 21.
CM #8 Bahij Wafi Saab. Age 29(Al Qurija). Captain.
LM #7 George Walters. Age 29.
RS #10 Sajo Dieye. Age 23.
LS #9 Ebele Ndulu. Age 21.

2. Capitol City Football Club.
Manager: Akhona Joyi. 46 years old, 2nd season as manager.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Aman Melku. Age 25.
RB #2 Malik Secka. Age 31.
CB #5 Makang Darboe. Age 19.
CB #4 Faraba Coote. Age 20.
LB #3 Sulayman Bajo. Age 22.
RM #17 Jabr Afzal Abdullah. Age 25(Al Qurija)
CM #18 Yankubah Daramy. Age 36. Captain.
CM #14 Landing Biri. Age 35.
LM #7 Jabril Guissé. Age 21.
RS #9 Fakebba Kolley. Age 30.
LS #10 Solomon Devonte. Age 37(Devonta).

3. Baleweye Football Club
Manager: Lukas Bornas. 65 years old. 9th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3 false nine
GK #1 Bassam Harith Boulos. Age 23(Al Qurija).
RB #2 Paboy Saidykhan. Age 28.
CB #5 Daba Mansaré. Age 31.
CB #4 Kamara Njie. Age 32.
LB #3 Jombo Ogoo. Age 21.
CDM #14 Bouba Ceesay. Age 25.
RCM #18 Momodou Marong. Age 32. Captain.
LCM #8 Nirav Pat. Age 23(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Kebaneilwe Omolemo. Age 21.
LW #7 Yaya Kayode. Age 31.
RW #11 Mohammed Beatar. Age 23.

4. Zakuta City
Manager: Al Thompson. 65 years old. 11th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3.
GK #1 Isaac Ngulu. Age 19.
RB #2 Malik Ndaw. Age 28.
CB #4 Sidibeh Condé. Age 33. Captain.
LB #3 Yaya Condeh. Age 31.
RM #17 Baturou Jawara. Age 34.
CM #18 Yohannes Asmelash. Age 25.
CM #14 Ugonna Uche. Age 23.
LM #11 Idris Nur ad-Din Naaji. Age 24(Al Qurija)
RW #7 Omar Coote. Age 32.
ST #9 Madu Okparra. Age 21.
LW #19 Ablie Sanneh. Age 32.

5. Djoru Athletic
Manager: Pilate Esters. 55 years old. 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-5-1 Diamond.
GK #1 Aron Hassan. Age 24.
RB #2 Hatabu Manneh. Age 30.
CB #5 Kemo Savaneh. Age 31.
CB #4 Addo Soley. Age 35.
LB #3 Orjea Agu. Age 21.
RM #17 Karafa Ngum. Age 32.
RCM #14 Tairu Jobe. Age 35. Captain.
CM #8 Musa Gaye, Age 17.
LCM #18 Robert Kabuja. Age 18.
LM #19 Ediresa Biri. Age 32.
CF#9 Rasheed Munir Al-Mufti. Age 30(Al Qurija)

6. Ogbordu Diamond Football Club
Manager: Lionel Bosta. Age 49, 1st season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Yankubah Colley. Age 27.
RWB #2 Chinwe Akabueze. Age 22.
RCB #5 Chijioke Okorie. Age 22.
CB #4 Izuchukwu Zebenjo. Age 23.
LCB #3 Sama Mboob. Age 29.
LWB #20 Orji Mazzi. Age 21.
RM #7 Kabiru Mendy. Age 20.
CM #10 Bassi Kayode. Age 21.
CM #8 Obasey Jideofor. Age 22.
LM #11 Wassa Kairaba. Age 31. Captain.
CF#9 Umar Thamir Nagi. Age 25(Al Qurija)

7. Nsade United.
Manager: Mbasi Niang. Age 45. Female. 1st season at club. 1st ever female manager in the RBSA on a co-ed team.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Aviwe Mankayi. Age 35.
RB #2 Chydea Ijeawele. Age 21.
CB #5 Chima Ekenedilichukwu. Age 20.
CB #4 Dalumzi Ntsokwana. Age 35. Captain.
LB #3 Mesuli Nahola. Age 31.
LM #7 Lwazi Kolisi. Age 37.
CM #10 Thembalethu Mthobeni. Age 31.
CM #8 Sonwabo Najeke. Age 31.
RM #17 Gcobani Dumalisile. Age 30.
RS #11 Maduabuchim Ndulu. Age 20.
LS #9 Finnr Beckert. Age 21(Equestrian States)

8. AFC Akwadua
Manager: Kidane Chirkos. 51 years old. 4th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Sutay Sowe. Age 23.
RB #2 Laity Corr. Age 22.
CB #5 Chidie Obyke. Age 22.
LB #3 Sajo Marong. Age 19.
CDM #4 Ya Kambi. Age 25.
RM #8 Bataru Dabo. Age 29.
LM #7 Alanso Jallow. Age 31.
CAM #10 Mzwakhe Makepula. Age 31. Captain.
RW #11 Mohammed Ogunsola. Age 23(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Wandi Jagne. Age 23.
LW #19 Masakhane Sikali. Age 34.

9. Kitara Athletic Society
Manager: Harold Lisle. 55 years old. 10th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3
GK #1 Luzuko Botile. Age 32.
RB #2 Mangaliso Ndungane. Age 35.
CB #5 Mnyamezeli Ntlokwana. Age 31.
CB #4 Mncedisi Jezile. Age 33. Captain.
LB #3 Idirissa Guiss. Age 19.
RM #17 Obasi Chinasa. Age 18.
CM #10 Lifa Tyali. Age 31.
LM #19 Fundani Mabandla. Age 31.
LW #11 Sidima Pityana. Age 30.
ST #12 Daba Kuta. Age 17.
RW #7 Madu Okparra. Age 21.

10. Kwadama Dojo
Manager: Kiggwe Spanos. 37 years old. Son of Rukunbi FC manager Teague Spanos. 1st season at club.
Formation: 4-4-1-1
GK #1. Frederick Beech. Age 33.
RB #21 Mũtiga Wachira. Age 37. Captain.
CB #3 Chizoba Madukaife. Age 22.
CB #4 Xolani Ntini. Age 22.
LB #22 Mũgo Wamahiũ. Age 31.
RM #17 Ejigu Meekhbeb. Age 25.
CM #14 Mũrĩranja Nyoike. Age 32
CM #15 Gĩtari Kamande. Age 34.
LM #11 Mũhũri Wachira. Age 31.
CF #12 Gĩthaiga Gĩchikũ. Age 29.
ST #9 Gĩkonyo Wawerũ. Age 29.

11. Mamari City
Manager: Alengae Workneh. Age 57. 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Phumlani Sontonga. Age 38.
RB #2 Ilman Savaneh. Age 22.
CB #5 Bulelani Komani. Age 31. Captain.
CB #4 Wonga Stofile. Age 32.
LB #3 Sawan Zantye. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
RM #17 Melumzi Kolisi. Age 28.
CM #18 Ndothusile Mandela. Age 29.
CM #14 Andile Sandile. Age 29.
LM #11 Mthuthuzeli Mbeki. Age 28.
RS #9 Anil Sakar. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
LS #11 Menas Bara. Age 34.

12. Dimbogourou Sporting Club
Manager: Andrew Less. 60 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Hank Llordan. 32 years old.
RB #2 Ifean Chikwu. Age 20.
CB #5 Uchechi Ijea. Age 21.
LB #3 Chuks Okparra. Age 19.
CDM #4 Ibezi Mako. Age 25.
RM #17 Mxolisi Thovela. Age 29.
LM #11 Bantu Qoboza. Age 30.
CAM #10 Luxolo Mankayi. Age 31. Captain.
RW #7 Amazu Jelaney. Age 19.
ST #9 Sabelo Ngxanga. Age 31.
LW #19 Chibueze Yobachukwu. Age 21.

Northern League
1. Cerenus United
Manager: Teoflyos Asres. 63 years old. 7th season at club.
Formation: 3-5-2.
GK #1 Azah Ewale. Age 22.
RB #2 Bantu Ndodana. Age 38.
CB #5 Naseer Ashfaq Alfarsi. Age 27(Al Qurija)
LB #3 Nkechi Ogbonnia. Age 19.
RM #17 Mandilakhe Tyibilika. Age 33.
CDM #15 Lindani Qoboza. Age 35. Captain.
CM #14 Madou Okella. Age 19.
CM #18 Awa Ekoto. Age 31.
LM #11 Xolile Kani. Age 31.
RS #9 Lonwabo Dikana. Age 32.
LS #7 Ifeatu Chika. Age 24.

2. Garixas City
Manager: Thembinkosi Siwani. Age 44. 6th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Luzuko Ngcuka. Age 31.
RWB #2 Halim Obea. Age 20.
RCB #21 Bantu Mvovo. Age 30.
CB #5 Sani Jameel Hussain. Age 22(Al Qurija)
LCB #17 Dikgakgamatso Mosweni. Age 19.
LWB #3 Anathi Mhlambiso. Age 39.Captain.
RM #11 Phumlani Ngxanga. Age 31.
CM #14 Tapiwa Lenthabetse. Age 23.
CM #18 Masibulele Jadezweni. Age 30.
LM #7 Galeage Omphile. Age 22.
CF #9 Mxolisi Gobodo. Age 32.

3. Koksho City
Manager: Adamu Demessie. Age 51. 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1
RB #2 Rizwan Sulaiman Ahmad. Age 26(Al Qurija)
CB #5 Menzi Mtoto. Age 34. Captain.
CB #4 Emeka Jelan. Age 21.
LB #3 Obasee Uchechi. Age 22.
RM #11 Nwankwo Chukwu. Age 25.
CM #14 Ziko Akuchi. Age 20.
CM #18 Constantin Mouktar. Age 23.
LM #7 Roberto Tsothe. Age 27.
RS #9 Chuks Uzochi. Age 21.
LS #11 Tirelo Tiiso. Age 24.

4. Nanami Dragons
Manager: Nyaniso Mazwai. 57 years old. 8th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Madoda Jabavu. Age 33
RB #2 Mzwakhe Tyibilika. Age 29.
CB #5 Mabhuti Makwetu. Age 30.
CB #4 Sizamile Ngonyama. Age 36.
LB #3 Boutros Hussain Kader. Age 21(Al Qurija)
LM #8 Chinasa Munachiso. Age 25.
CM #6 Amazu Udeg. Age 23.
CM #10 Isago Pusoetsile. Age 21.
LM #11 Lwandle Maqoma. Age 34. Captain.
RS #11 Thukile Qoboza. Age 31.
LS #9 Beca Menas. Age 30.

5. Duntho Sporting Club
Manager: Chydey Obasey. 41 years old. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 François Tantoh. Age 22.
RB #2 Kenosi Moreri. Age 20.
CB #5 Chinese Chi. Age 23.
CB #6 Njaũ Waita. Age 32. Captain.
LB #3 Morwadi Tsholofe. Age 21.
RM #11 Lekgotla Mofhenyi. Age 21.
CM #13 Thaddeus Mutebi. Age 20.
CM #10 Rasim Murtaza El-Amin. Age 25(Al Qurija)
LM #7 Kimaru Njoroge. Age 29.
RS #9 Radek Lawniczak. Age 19(Soute).
LS #12 Kamande Muriũki. Age 29.

6. Okakameb City
Manager: Ekene Chee. 42 years old, 1st season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3 attacking.
GK #1 Retta Paulos. Age 29.
RB #2 Sabelo Mbeki. Age 28.
CB#4 Obasey Ogbonna. Age 20.
CB #5 Matanzima Ndodana. Age 32.
LB #3 Thembinkosi Kolisi. Age 30.
CM #8 Mnyamezeli Sikali. Age 36.
CM #6 Malusi Nkuhlu. Age 31.
CAM #10 Ndothusile Kani. Age 39. Captain.
RW #7 Mthandeni Holomisa. Age 32.
ST #9 Ontlametse Motheo. Age 21.
LW #11 Mabhuti Komani. Age 31.

7. Igulu City FC
Manager: Abraham Akampurira. 42 years old. Former Men's National Team Player. 4th season as manager.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Eba Salam. Age 43. Captain.
RB #2 Ijeawele Chi. Age 18.
CB #5 Adinew Bullo. Age 19.
CB #4 Belai Mulu. Age 22.
LB #3 Gachanja Mwai. Age 30.
RM #11 Kóri Vacík. Age 25(Equestrian States)
CM #14 Chyke Obasie. Age 23.
CM #18 Enyinnaya Jideofor. Age 22.
LM #7 Udo Obasie. Age 26.
RS #11 Gĩtukũ Kinũthia. Age 31.
LS #9 Kenyatta Mũraya. Age 30.

8. AFC Okahavi
Manager: Markos Yideg. 67 years old. 6th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Nebiyou Alemayehu. Age 31.
RB #2 Mzukisi Xingwana. Age 29.
CB #5 Yessuf Hailu. Age 31.
LB #3 Nenge Kabange. Age 21.
CDM #8 Mthuthuzeli Dana. Age 30.
LM #6 Siyaya Dandala. Age 25.
RM #19 Zukisani Mtoto. Age 26.
CAM #10 Ed Maestri. Age 26(Equestrian States).
LW #11 Thembani Dlulane. Age 36. Captain.
ST #9 Madoda Kwenkwe. Age 24.
RW #7 Lifa Sontonga. Age 33.

9. Luguyala Patriots
Manager: Kidane Einku. Age 62. 9th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Beluchi Obasey. Age 21.
RWB #2 Mbingeleli Makwetu. Age 30.
RCB #3 Zere Tedros. Age 22.
CB #5 Lemuel Kebede. Age 23.
LCB #4 Nqabisile Mda. Age 31.
LWB #6 Jacob Asres. Age 21.
RM #17 Amazu Chikelu. Age 21.
CM #8 Abdullahi Abanda. Age 22.
CM #14 Paulos Mulugeta. Age 21.
LM #11 Dumile Siwani. Age 30. Captain.
ST #9 Mathéo Dika. Age 22.

10. Gadive City
Manager: Ngozi Okafo. 43 years old. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3.
GK #1 Obi Frayzer. 40 years old.
RB #2 Matos Chernebereck. 21 years old.
CB #21 Abdel Selassie. 24 years old.
CB #29 Motuma Abdella. 22 years old.
LB #3 Vile Thovela. Age 30.
RM #7 Aphiwe Mtoto. Age 33. Captain.
CM #6 Melesse Tesfahun. Age 20.
LM #8 Ibea Buch. Age 22.
LW #11 Jamie Nde. Age 19.
ST #9 Senzile Hani. Age 30.
RW #12 Grégory Mvondo. Age 23.

11. Thayaferu United
Manager: Liben Dessalegne. 57 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond.
GK #1 Lebna Werkneh. Age 20.
RB #2 Fikre Nahum. Age 24.
CB #5 Kiros Yieshak. Age 21. Twin brother of Tedros Yieshak.
CB #4 Tedros Yieshak. Age 21. Twin brother of Kiros Yieshak.
LB #3 Emeka Ndidi. Age 22.
CDM #6 Jelan Okparo. Age 23.
RM #7 Mzwakhe Ntini. 33 years old. Captain.
LM #11 Siphelele Xingwana. 19 years old.
CAM #10 Zandisile Siganeko. 26 years old. Son of Xolisa Siganeko.
RS #8 Luyolo Makinana. 31 years old.
LS #9 Mnyamezeli Mazwai. 36 years old.

12. Selekawe Knights.
Manager: Kiros Etefu. 73 years old. 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Thokgamo Gaolathe. Age 25.
RB #2 Fungile Calata. Age 25.
CB #5 Maikutlo Tumelano. Age 22.
CB #4 Asrat Atatafi. Age 25.
LB #3 Thusego Tshenolo. Age 26.
RM #17 Goitseone Sebaga. Age 25.
CM #14 Emerta Sito. Age 23.
CM #18 Bakang Kutlwano. Age 31. Captain.
LM #7 Ookeditse Mothudi. Age 31.
RS #9 Theofilo Loeto. Age 24.
LS #00 Sesupo Kenanao. Age 23.

Southern League
1. Bwubanza City Soccer Club.
Manager: Chika Oluchi. 43 years old. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 3-1-3-3
GK #1 Bobby MIkelson. Age 23(Mercedini).
RB #14 Belaye Asres. Age 24.
CB #4 Wasif Chraïbi. Age 20(Busoga Islands).
LB #18 Uchea Chuks. Age 26.
CDM #21 Mazi Chinweuba. Age 24.
RM #17 Assi Fassil. Age 20.
CM #18 Odion Obasea. Age 27.
LM #12 Chika Akachi. Age 26.
RW #7 Jelani Orjey. Age 25.
ST #9 Manasses Teshome. Age 32. Captain.
LW #11 Torrey Mugabe. Age 24.

2. Sororo City
Manager: Italo Cola. Age 55(Juvencus). 4th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Seedy Dabo. Age 39.
RB #2 Wassa Kabba. Age 35.
CB #5 Laity Dieye. Age 33.
LB #3 Jerold Ferguson. Age 31(Equestrian States). Captain.
CDM #6 Sutay Camara. Age 22.
RM #17 Badara Jarju, Age 31.
LM #11 Mus'ad Asad Abdulrashid. Age 26(Al Qurija)
CAM #10 Assan Thiaw. Age 37.
RW #7 Bailo Camara. Age 30.
ST #9 Wandy Kujabi. Age 31.
LW #20 Boubacar Kinte. Age 35.

3. Umbazi FA
Manager: Isa Guissé. 46 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Eric Tarbowza. Age 23.
RWB #2 Sirif Njie. Age 21.
RB #4 Paoboy Sesay. Age 22.
CB #5 Gisbert Irving. Age 32(Equestrian States). Captain.
LB #6 Wandi Singhateh. Age 21.
LWB #3 Bubacar Kah. Age 20.
RM #17 Alifa Mboge. Age 31.
CM #14 Kamara Dabo. Age 36.
CM #18 Ekwueme Obasie. Age 25.
LM #11 Samba Diawara. Age 37.
CF #9 Zaki Hameed Karimi. Age 22(Al Qurija)

4. Pumbasa Bears
Manager: Edrissa Condeh. 62 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Pateh Sidibeh. Age 37.
RB #2 Onuchukwu Chydie. Age 24.
CB #5 Thorley Ralston. Age 24(Equestrian States).
CB #4 Kabiru Ngum. Age 32. Captain.
LB #3 Ermias Aregawi. Age 21.
RM #11 Narciso Campo. Age 24(Al Qurija)
CM #10 Anwar Trefe. Age 22.
CM #14 Jalal Idrissi. Age 18(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Fabba Fadika. Age 27.
RS #9 Kunta Ogoo. Age 28.
LS #12 Lafi Mansaré. Age 34.

5. Dodoma City SC
Manager: Yohannes Wagaye. Age 44. 1st season at club.
Formation: 4-2-3-1
GK #1 Selam Lemma. Age 20.
RB #2 Alemu Mebreatu. Age 18.
CB #5 Nfansu Sidibeh. Age 28.
CB #4 Hatabu Mboob. Age 35.
LB #3 Yankubah Thiaw. Age 21.
RDM #6 Alfred Cooper. Age 31(Equestrian States). Captain.
LDM #13 Sirak Hailu. Age 19.
LAM #8 Raphael Senay. Age 23.
CAM #10 Boro Kabba. Age 22.
RAM #11 Luthando Gaika. Age 23.
CF #9 Botros Hanif Saqqaf. Age 30(Al Qurija)

6. Busemlu Park SC
Manager: Jonathan Hamilton. Age 44. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3 Defensive.
GK #1 Luthando Gaika. Age 23.
RB #2 Jibou Ndour. Age 38. Captain.
CB #5 Gizaw Negasi. Age 23. Twin Brother of Lema Negasi.
CB #4 Lema Negasi. Age 23. Twin Brother of Gizaw Negasi.
LB #3 Bamba Ndiaye. Age 35.
CDM #6 Malamin Mboge. Age 31.
RCM #14 Fion Fiedler. Age 27(New Cloudsdale)
LCM #18 Bai Sanyang. Age 29.
RW #11 Cristiano Mazza. Age 37(Osarius).
ST #10 Pateh Coulibaly. Age 23.
LW #7 Mengistu Kebede. Age 22.

7. Boufaya Ravens
Manager: Esra Tamrat. Age 52. First season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Foday Kuyateh. Age 30.
RB #2 Zakhele Nokwe. Age 26.
CB #5 Sonwabile Botile. Age 27.
CB #4 Fezekile Goniwe. Age 33. Captain.
LB #3 Dumisani Vavi. Age 24.
RM #11 Jebel Kouyaté. Age 29.
CM #8 Jato Kolley. Age 23.
CM #14 Iyoas Aman. Age 21.
LM #7 Pa Mansaré. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
RS #9 Elesbaan Tesfaye. Age 24.
LS #12 Abebe Gebre. Age 20.

8. Mukegara Warriors
Manager: Lwazi Feza. 41 years old. 1st season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
Warriors only draw from the Mukegara tribe, a small tribe with an estimated population of between 40,000 and 50,000 that worships the Quebecois monarch, who they believe is the reincarnated God.
GK #1 Cebo Bhekizizwe. Age 20.
RB #2 Leonard Thulasizwe. Age 23.
CB #5 Sarah S'kulekile. Age 21(Female).
CB #4 Janet Mgwazeni. Age 23(Female).
LB #6 Fokazi Dundu. Age 31.
RM #11 Iwe Samkange. Age 30.
CM #14 Tashongedzwa Nengomasha. Age 33. Captain.
CM #18 Impi Zishwezi. Age 22.
LM #7 Chidawo Mwaruwari. Age 33.
RS #9 Vala Mkhumbuleni. Age 25(Female).
LS #10 Itai Taremekedzwa. Age 31.

9. Abomfa United.
Manager: Jongwe Diindingwe. Age 62. 5th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Mbingeleli Mhlaba. Age 22.
RB #21 Lemuel Elshaday. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
CB #30 Uchy Obie. Age 29.
LB #25 Nyaniso Thovela. Age 20.
CDM #24 Jongikhaya Nqakula. Age 24.
RM #17 Baturou Danso. Age 22.
LM #31 Hardy Pedersen. Age 28(Equestrian States).
CAM #34 Oby Okorie. Age 30. Captain.
RW #39 Mpumelelo Najeke. Age 24,
ST #29 Uziel Gal Tza'eer. Age 37(Sultanate of Oontaz).
LW #45 Sidima Ngubenani. Age 21.

10. Amaku City FC
Manager: Kirabo Besigye. 50 years old. 6th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-1-2
GK #1 Chydy Chinwendu. Age 31.
RB #2 Matanzima Ntsokwana. Age 20.
CB #5 Koofrey Orjie. Age 29.
LB #3 Jelan Chijindum. Age 31.
RM #11 Kagwa Wachiuri. Age 33.
CM #14 Bouba Ngum. Age 20.
CM #18 Barnabas Negus. Age 23.
LM #17 Mazi Nkechi. Age 31. Captain.
CAM #10 Chukwuma Akubundu. Age 25.
RS #9 Somayina Chidee. Age 31.
LS #12 Saihou Jammeh. Age 21.

11. Byakado City
Manager: Mesuli Sontonga. 41 years old. 1st season at club.
Formation: 5-1-2-1-1
GK #1 Chioke Okafo. Age 30.
RWB #2 Chibuzo Chydy. Age 32.
RCB #5 Orjea Mazi. Age 36.
CB #4 Karamba Kayode. Age 21.
LCB #3 Yonas Dula. Age 22.
LWB #6 Obi Ozioma. Age 31. Captain.
CDM #8 Oluchi Jelan. Age 37.
RM #11 Jelanee Chinelo. Age 31.
LM #7 Obea Ndidi. Age 29.
CAM #10 Bekele Dawit. Age 23.
CF #9 Ilman Sowe. Age 21.

12. Kigagana Mountaineers
Manager: Ekene Afamefula Jr. 44 years old. Son of previous manager. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Randall Kabunka. Age 23.
RB #2 Masane Touray. Age 22.
CB #5 Jaja Chijioke. Age 36.
CB #4 Jelanie Chinedu. Age 37. Captain.
LB #3 Obee Uchechea. Age 31.
RM #7 Bassirou Kandeh. Age 23.
CM #18 Mzukisi Yoyo. Age 20.
CM #14 Dalumzi Jabavu. Age 21.
LM #11 Samba Kaba. Age 23.
RS #10 Jelanee Chinuah. Age 31.
LS #9 Addo Ndiaye. Age 23.
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Postby Banija » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:40 pm

The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Rosters


Teams in the BSL-
Underlined players are Banijan internationals.
Nationality is listed if they are not Banijan.
Italicized players are internationals for a foreign country.
All players are male unless otherwise specified.
1. Herzegovina City Football Club.
Manager: Brian Emerson(Cosumar). 78 years old, 4th year at club.
Formation: 4-2-3-1.
GK #16 Delbin Kasekende. Age 38(Busoga Islands). Captain.
LB #3 Felix Millar. Age 26(Brenecia).
CB #5 Lazlo Kearney. Age 33(Nephara)
CB #4 Abate Brehanu. Age 33.
RB #2 Zinnah Atieno. Age 34.
LCM #14 Harald Fireblade. Age 24(Cosumar).
RCM #7 Dennis Brotzmann. Age 29(Siovanija & Teusland).
RAM #22 Lucas Lucius Vit. Age 31(Natanians & Nosts).
CAM #10 Rosie Tyler. Age 27(Equestrian States). Female.
LAM #17 Marcel Roux. Age 23(Eshan).
ST #9 Christos Tsiavis. Age 27(Nephara).

2. Jinja City Football Club.
Manager: Alexander Bumba. Age 52, 9th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Corren Dankworth. Age 34(Nephara).
LB #2 Matthias Prudenzio. Age 28(Eshan).
CB #15 Jio Eyawanifamni. Age 30(Abaja).
CB #13 Jalang Ba. Age 29. Captain.
RB #18 Jinkzta Ulcviecel. Age 27(Squornshelan Remnant States).
LM #7 Nikolay Menshikov. Age 32(Arioslavia).
CM #24 DeAndre James. Age 33(Eshan).
CM #10 Malachi Gallagher. Age 34(Nephara)
RM #23 Sia Fall. Age 31.
RS #9 Lin Moon. Age 33(Chromatika).
LS #11 Xilit-Zaxac Yol. Age 26(Qusmo).

3. Busukuma Athletic Club.
Manager: Ferran Rey(48 years old, 4th season at club, Juvencus) fired after Matchday 8. Brelk-Avarn Saf(59 years old, Qusmo) hired before Matchday 10.
Formation: 3-4-3 diamond.
GK #1. Ivan Ignatiev. Age 30(Arioslavia).
RB #2 Ingmar Linderood. Age 28(Ko-oren).
CB #15 Esther Vannatter. Age 26(Nephara).
LB #6 Celty O'Mercury. Age 27(Cosumar).
LM #7 Garvan Braehead. Age 29(Brenecia).
CDM #18 Phumelele Stofile. Age 29.
CAM #21 Girma Asmelash. Age 37.
RM #8 Ansu Cisse. Age 34. Captain.
LW #7 Baslios Temesgen. Age 32.
ST #9 Alex Sandoval. Age 28(Commonwealth of Baker Park)
RW #17 Ambram Salvai. Age 31(Eshan).

4. Hoima Warriors.
Manager: Mark Grayson(Nephara). 50 years old, 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-2-1-3
GK #1 Chase Rushden. Age 34(Nephara).
LB #3 Daluxolo Matshikiza. Age 29.
CB #2 Kawsu Kaba. Age 23.
CB #4 Wenceslaw. Age 29(Cosumar).
RB #19 Pablo Castroneves. Age 26(Marianne).
LCM #14 Samba Ndaw. Age 32.
RCM #13 Utpal Ishan. Age 25(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Marbue Owusu. Age 32. Captain.
LW #6 Ozolx-Mazur Guv. Age 30(Qusmo).
ST #7 Chizoba Emenanjo. Age 28(Cobrio).
RW #11 Josef Lawerenz. Age 20(Equestrian States).

5. Istria City Football Club.
Manager: Alvin Burnsides(Cosumar), Age 61. 2nd season at club.
Starters: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Joan Martinez Alpacia. Age 30(Eshan).
RB #2 Filije Condé. Age 22.
CB #5 Maximiliane Purcell(Nephara). Age 32.
CB #4 Filije Kolley. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
LB #18 Anwar Petata. Age 25.
RM #11 Jermaine Poole. Age 29(Equestrian States/Yttribia).
CM #19 Aaron Starkey. Age 24(Blaneu).
CM #15 Ablie Kah. Age 25.
LM #7 Atsushi Ryu. Age 29(Dunnes).
RS #9 Assefa Yitebarke. Age 30. Captain.
LS #8 Torvald Royle. Age 28(Freeport).

6. Herzegovina Phoenix.
Manager: Jehan Blair(Cosumar). 63 years old. Former Amazonesta National Team manager. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-1-3-2.
GK #1 Assefa Berhane. Age 34.
RB #2 Vastyn Tredillick. Age 35(Mareibat).
CB #3 Eindride Cleary. Age 31(Freeport).
CB #5 Mohan Thakshak. Age 25(Busoga Islands).
LB #4 Fekati Abdi. Age 25.
RDM #15 Orion Etzebeth. Age 33(Nephara). Captain.
RM #14 Vidyo Avramov. Age 20(Siovanija & Teusland).
CM #8 Lucia Silkemark. Age 27(Nephara)
LM #7 Julian Turner. Age 28(Dunnes).
RS #9 Corvid Alemane. Age 33(Nephara).
LS #11 Jery Bostun. Age 29(Qasden).

7. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club.
Manager: Adam Jeffreys(Razenthuria/Velestria), 61 years old. 3rd season at Bunyoro RSC.
Starters: 4-2-4.
GK #1 Ke Linkenhorne. Age 35(Bonesea).
RB #2 Obey Chidiebere. Age 28. Captain.
CB #3 Kuma Bultum. Age 22.
CB #5 Axel Fauler. Age 29(Nephara).
LB #14 Gugulethu Feza. Age 29.
RCM #12 Amadi Uche. Age 24.
LCM #11 Paula Farquhar. Age 29(Brenecia). Female.
RW #7 Reden Omar. Age 18(Razenthuria/Velestria).
ST #10 Guillame Fontanils. Age 22(Acronius).
ST #9 Andrey Soltykov. Age 29(Arioslavia).
LW #8 Davide Waguespack. Age 24(Gloriax).

8. The Lwanga Lions.
Manager: Simon Wanjala. Age 43. 4th season at club. Former starter on the Banijan National Team.
Starters: 4-2-1-3
GK #1 Eric Tarbowza. Age 23.
RB #2 Nweke Obasea. Age 27.
CB #4 Idirissa Dieye. Age 23.
CB #5 Negus Kebede. Age 34(Busoga Islands). Captain.
LB #6 Jato Ceesay. Age 23.
RCM #20 Basant Servaia. Age 33.
LCM #25 Karamba Fatty. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Xavier Melchoir. Age 21(Taeshan).
LW #7 Phineas Antwell. Age 24(Cosumar)
ST #9 Karamba Biri. Age 21.
RW #11 Samba Singateh. Age 24.

9. Askatasuna Football Club.
Manager: Al Iska, 56 years old. 2nd season at the club.
Starters: 5-3-2
GK #1 Hakim Gukssa. Age 33. Captain.
RWB #2 Sociga Ngolomingi. Age 22.
RCB #5 Ekwueme Ikenna. Age 24.
CB #6 Assan Sanneh. Age 26.
LCB #4 Akumjeli Chinua. Age 24.
LWB #18 Lama Nyang. Age 18.
LM #17 Mesuli Ncita. Age 19.
CM #15 Mzukisi Nzo. Age 18.
RM #12 Martin Lucey. Age 23(Dunnes).
RS #7 Alulawe Ju. Age 33(Abaja)
LS #11 Rada Ezera. Age 33.

10. Kitara Athletic Association.
Manager: Alan Bettles, 64 years old. 2nd season at club.
Starters: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Sodo Nagatomo. Age 27(Kita-Hinode)
RB #2 Yuri Poltoranin. Age 29(Arioslavia).
CB #15 Melech Gersem. Age 35. Captain.
LB #19 Abraham Godefai. Age 29.
CDM #14 Thomas Owen. Age 26(Audioslavia)
RM #8 Mekbib Asmelash. Age 37.
LM #11 Ahmad Abdullah. Age 25(Abaja)
CAM #10 Jackson Oglobelo. Age 25(Abaja).
LW #7 Nick Haller. Age 27(Commonwealth of Baker Park).
ST #9 Ikshu Amitabh. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
RW #8 Madu Okparra. Age 21.

11. Mynda Electra -
Manager: Jose Gonzalez(Amazonesta). Age 67, 7th year at the club.
Starters: 4-4-2
GK #1 Tore Delgado. Age 19(Darmen).
RB #2 Barry Horlock. Age 36(Nephara). Captain.
CB #4 Ousman Mansaré. Age 25.
CB #5 Saa Mensah. Age 38. Twin brother of Blama Mensah.
LB #3 Blama Mensah. Age 38. Twin brother of Saa Mensah.
RM #17 Ngũnjiri Wachiuru. Age 29.
CM #15 Abesalom Yitay. Age 26.
CM #12 Essa Kama. Age 26.
LM #8 Fakebba Ouattara. Age 25.
LS #11 Abdoulaye Ouattara. Age 30.
RS #9 Idi Singhateh. Age 30.

12. Aissa United Football Club.
Manager: Gregory Banis, Age 59. 8th year at club.
Starters: 5-4-1
GK #1 Mohammed Daramy Age 29.
RWB #2 Bwuma Ndaw. Age 22.
RCB #15 Gathu Wamiti. Age 36.
CB #15 Osmar Tavares da Silva. Age 35(Amazonesta).
LCB #17 Eduardo Val De La Salles. Age 30(Amazonesta)
LB #7 Oaitse Lekgotla. Age 25.
RM #18 Amde Melos. Age 37(Busoga Islands).
CM #8 Asanda Nombem. Age 21.
CM #10 Nweke Obasee. Age 25.
LM #23 Jajah Chee. Age 25.
ST #9 Kawsu Mamela. Age 22.

13. Isipongo Flash.
Manager: Forzu-Denir Ono(Qusmo). 49 years old. First year at club.
Starters: 3-4-3.
GK #1 Essa Kama. Age 26.
RB #2 Yashpal Gopaal. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
CB #4 Jayce Howard. Age 33(Brenecia). Captain.
LB #5 Malo Izijurim. Age 32(Abaja).
RM #7 Mandla Pukwana. Age 21.
CDM #18 Jared Clotterman. Age 34(Schottia).
CAM #10 Assan Sanneh. Age 23.
LM #17 Baluta Sonko. Age 21.
RW #8 Lelethu Pukwana, Age 23.
LW #11 Jelany Beluchi. Age 19.
ST #9 Noah Lamont Hill. Age 33(Devonta).

14. Corizova United
Manager: Samba Kouyaté. 44 years old. Second Year at club.
Formation: 5-3-2
GK #1 Bakary Sanyang. Age 22.
RWB #2 Idirissa Jagne. Age 34.
RCB #5 Dike Ikem. Age 29.
CB #3 Yoro Janneh. Age 29.
LCB #4 Kekoto Gassama. Age 23.
LWB #6 Zamile Nkuhlu. Age 23.
LM #17 Ogbonna Chioke. Age 26.
CM #10 Okparo Oluchi. Age 25.
RM #8 Gola Torsaray. Age 19(Nephara).
RS #11 Kody Hansen. Age 17(Equestrian States- Single Season Loan with non-relegation buy option).
LS #12 Bubacar Senghore. Age 31.

15. Rukunbi Football Club.
Manager: Teague Spanos. Age 66, 11th year at club.
Starters: 4-3-3
GK #1 Jelanee Jideofor. Age 25.
RB #2 Chizoba Uwaezuoke. Age 27.
CB #5 Nwabudike Uchechie. Age 22.
CB #3 Soli Souba. 23 years old.
LB #12 Ayele Zekalu. Age 26.
LM #13 Mutsuhito Barbarossa. Age 34(Busoga Islands).
CM #10 Addis Medr. Age 36. Captain.
RM #6 Upanshu Paramartha. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
LW #11 Kamu Jacobs. Age 23(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Amanuel Bsrat. Age 33.
RW #24 Robel Beselot. Age 34.

16. Lakiska Sporting Club.
Manager: Winad-Lenpi Xlo(Qusmo). 3rd season at club. Hired midseason in Season 7.
Starters: 4-5-1
GK #1 Zachariah Elmer. Age 35(Nephara).
RB #2 Uzoma Iruka. Age 21(Female).
CB #5 Bezerra Lemos. Age 30(Amazonesta)
CB #4 Gabriel Braga. Age 35(Amazonesta). Captain.
LB #19 Zeru Beryihun. Age 32.
LM #7 Talon Onions. Age 30(Bonesea).
CM #15 Mazzi Azubuike. Age 25.
CDM #18 Joseph Williamson. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
CM #14 Kizza Okafor. Age 24.
RM #8 Ibrahim Fatah. Age 23(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Ousman Babaja. Age 30(Busoga Islands).

17. Busukuma Force.
Manager: Brun Kissinger(Nephara), 52 years old. 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-1-4-1.
GK #1 Mazzi Azubuike. Age 24.
RB #13 Obi Newada. Age 27.
CB #5 Madu Chi. Age 26.
CB #4 Kemo Jobe. Age 20.
LB #14 Molefi Mompati. Age 34.
CDM #8 Alieu Mendy. Age 25.
RM #17 Vanza-Vlont Bel. Age 18(Qusmo).
CM #14 Uzochi Okparro. Age 21.
LCM #15 Fabio Hamamura. Age 30(Amazonesta)
LM #11 Kabiru Kouyaté. Age 24.
ST #9 Mateo Keepton. Age 34(Nephara)

18. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club.
Manager: Yafet Kahsai. Age 57, 8th year at club.
Starters: 5-3-2 w/ sweeper
GK #1 Amat Turay. 22 years old.
RWB #2 Siafa Diop. Age 35(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Araiy. Age 25(Dainer).
SW #3 Hatabu Ouattara. Age 30.
CB #4 Clarice Easter. Age 34(Chromatika)
LWB #12 Wasa Dibba. Age 27.
LM #25 Asa Sylla. Age 25.
CM #8 Gutinho. Age 38(Western Sunrise Islands). Captain.
RM #17 Ervin Jon-Mikel. Age 35(Abaja)
LS #7 Baboucar Biri. Age 22.
RS #11 Demetro Laterza. Age 30(Juvencus).

19. Busembe Timberwolves.
Manager: Zachary Sols(Qasden), Age 54. 2nd season at the club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Edgar Farsal-Smith. Age 23(Mercedini).
RB #2 Berihu Temesgen. Age 32.
CB #4 Nkemdilim Jel. Age 24.
CB #5 Emeka Jajah. Age 25.
LB #3 HIstero Golazo. Age 37(Amazonesta). Captain.
RM #7 Uchey Nwankwo. Age 23.
CM #19 Mazi Chidea. Age 25.
CM #12 Kiggwe Basamula. Age 22.
LM #8 Madhav Oojam. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
RS #11 Neil Richards. Age 30(Commonwealth of Baker Park).
LS #9 Boto Mboge. Age 21.

20. Hawabark Boulders
Manager: Alaji Senghore. 65 years old. 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Giovanni Falco. Age 23(Freeport/Equestrian States).
RB #2 Abdullah Guennoun. Age 19(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Chinou Chydey. Age 23.
CB #4 Jiba Nzuza. Age 26.
LB #3 Fyodor Khalturin. Age 31(Arioslavia). Captain.
RM #11 Kairaba Kujabi. Age 31.
CM #14 Chi Chibueze. Age 24.
CM #10 Suhayl Mostafa Ahmed. Age 27(Al Qurija)
LM #19 Madu Okparra. Age 21.
RS #7 Ilman Jawara. Age 21.
LS #12 Lafi Kabba. Age 29.
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Postby Banija » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:18 pm


Summer Roundup- Herzegovina City FC heads back to Champions Cup Group stages as Banijan sides make their mark on the international stage

Reden Omar of Bunyoro RSC celebrates goal in Globe Cup Qualifying

ISTRIA- What are the highlights for this summer? Well, in the summer, after the window, and with players returning from the World Cup and the regional tournaments, starts the international club competition cycle. The preliminary rounds of various international club competitions- from all the UICA competitions, to competitions like the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, and even the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, various competitions to see who the best clubs in the multiverse are. And, by the time leagues start to kick off all across the multiverse, we know who are in each competition proper- the limited number of lucrative spots that these clubs are competing for. Here is the authoritative guide of how the 7 Banijan sides participating in summer competition fared- who will be playing for glory on the global stage, and who will go home, missing a great opportunity to take their place on the world stage. And a good run for Banijan sides, as for the second straight season, each Banijan team participating in an international competition won at least 1 tie. Another solid, across the board showing for the RBSA.

And without further ado... Your summer roundup!

1. Herzegovina City FC
Champions Cup Qualifiers- Champions Path
Herzegovina City FC earned a Bye in Champions Cup Qualifying First and Second Preliminary Rounds.
Champions Cup Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Jraxville FC of Cobrio. First Leg: Herzegovina City 2-0 Jarxville FC Second Leg: Jraxville FC 2-2 Herzegovina City (Herzegovina City advances 4-2 on aggregate.)
Champions Cup Playoff Round
Opponent- Mordov Rogak of Baranil. First Leg: Mordov Rogak 0-4 Herzegovina City Second Leg: Herzegovina City 0-0 Mordov Rogak (Herzegovina City advances 4-0 on aggregate)
AOCL Qualifiers
Herzegovina City FC earned a bye in the AOCL Preliminary Round

And we start, of course, with the now four time winners of the BSL- Herzegovina City FC. Even the lack of games played, it is a wonder that, for the first time, a BSL side was able to get a bye from the first two rounds of qualifiers for the Champions Cup. The games are higher stakes later on, but as Brian Emerson, the manager, would say, 'a bye in a tournament like this is the equivalent of winning a tie'. And while that isn't true literally, he's not entirely wrong either, as that meant the Banijan champions advanced to the Third Preliminary Round. And when you have an aging back line, like they do, saving some travel is not a bad idea.

In the third preliminary round, they opened with Jraxville FC of Cobrio. Christos Tsiavis, the striker from Nephara, and Felix Millar, the left back from Brenecia, both made their competitive debuts. The first leg, at Star Field, ended up being a solid all-around performance in a 2-0 victory for the hosts, that put them in the drivers seat. It was Rosie Tyler who scored the opener, and Lucius Vit who scored the second goal, both in the second half. While Jraxville FC scored just before halftime in the second leg to make it 2-1 on aggregate, Christos Tsiavis opened his scoring account for Herzegovina City in Cobrio by scoring just after the break to land that crucial away goal to give them a large advantage. And it was Lazlo Kearney heading in a corner in the 75th minute of that tie to slam the door on Cobrio's league champions.

In the Playoff Round, they were drawn with Mordov Rogak, the champions of Baranil. The first leg away from home, Herzegovina City FC showed their class by absolutely dominating the side, winning 4-0 away from home in the first leg to essentially bury the tie. Rosie Tyler scored twice in that one, while Marcel Roux and Denis Brotzmann both put one away for the league champs. This made the second leg, of course, a formality, and Herzegovina City FC, for the second time in three seasons, booked themselves a berth in the group stage of the UICA Champions Cup. A testament, of course, to Brian Emerson, who remains the only BSL manager to date to participate in the group stages of the UICA Champions Cup.

2. Bunyoro RSC

Globe Cup Qualifiers
Bunyoro RSC earned a bye through the first and second preliminary rounds of Globe Cup Qualifiers
Globe Cup Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Langtree United of Mercedini. First Leg: Langtree United 3-3 Bunyoro RSC Second Leg: Bunyoro RSC 3-2 Langtree United. (Bunyoro RSC advance 6-5 on aggregate)
Globe Cup Playoff Round
Opponent- Iskara Daii of Starblaydia. First Leg: Iskara Daii 3-3 Bunyoro RSC Second Leg: Bunyoro RSC 0-0 Iskara Daii. (Bunyoro RSC advance 3-3(3-0) on away goals)
Globe Cup Qualifying Round
Opponent- Maal Angels of Mriin. First Leg: Bunyoro RSC 1-3 Maal Angels Second Leg: Maal Angels 2-0 Bunyoro RSC. (Maal Angels advance 5-1 on aggregate; Bunyoro RSC is eliminated from the UICA)

Bunyoro RSC, under Adam Jeffreys, the Velestrian manager, made an absolutely stunning run last season, defying all odds and expectations to not only finish in the top four, but to seriously compete for a league title. They fell just short of their goal, finishing a single point behind the pace set by Herzegovina City FC, but the shocking run has already had its ramifications. As a result of that stellar season, players like Amadi Uche and Gugulethu Feza are getting shots with the Kadongo Kamu, and their players are getting attention. Nobody, however, is getting attention like the teenage sensation, Reden Omar.

He came from the Moravica REgional Academy, the first, and to date, the only non-Banijan/Busogan to participate in the Banijan youth academy season. He played for six games after that youth season with the Herzegovina Phoenix, and last season, was his first season up full time in the big leagues, playing with Bunyoro RSC. Players across the squad blossomed, and he was one of them, showing his speed and raw skill. He's still very young, but Bunyoro RSC have managed to hold onto him for one more season, as they try to build on their shocking success of last season.

Regardless, they started in the Third Preliminary Round, also missing the first two rounds of qualifying for the Globe Cup. In their first ever UICA appearance, they played Langtree United of Mercedini. It was a thrilling game, with plenty of goals on both sides- a 2-0 Langtree United halftime lead vanished quickly after the break, and though Langtree scored again, Omar scored the final equalizer in the 1st minute of stoppage. The return leg was a thriller as well, the game being at 2-2 until the final moments, when dramatically, Brenecian midfielder Paula Farquhar struck home from distance in the 87th minute to give Bunyoro RSC their first ever UICA win, and most importantly, a spot in the next round.

The next round was an Atlantian Oceania affair, competing against Iskara Daii of Starblaydia. It was same kind of game you saw in the previous tie. Bunyoro RSC, however, took a big lead into this one, leading 3-1 after 70 minutes. Iskara Daii clawed their way back to level the match, when a foolish foul by Kuma Bultum gave Iskara Daii a penalty that they converted, and then the hosts had a stoppage time header to equalize. Bunyoro RSC, however, held it together at home, working out the 0-0 draw and advancing 3-3(3-0) on away goals.

And now, to the Qualifying round- the last tie to determine which teams would go to the group stages of the Globe Cup. Their opponent would be none other than the Maal Angels of win. And boy, what a fantastic crowd that was on hand. Adding a couple of extra standing room only seats, Albert III Stadium saw just over 50,000 people witness the first leg against Maal Angels. TO say they were excited, going in, was an understatement. Drums playing all day long, fans marching through the streets. And taking a 1-0 lead into halftime kept the fans going. However, three second half goals from the Angels dashed Bunyoro RSC's hopes, and for good measure, they won 2-0 at home as well to eliminate them, on aggregate, 5-1. But still- absolutely a good run by Bunyoro RSC, and quite the effort, in their first ever UICA appearance, to attempt to reach the group stages of the Globe Cup.

3. Istria City FC

Globe Cup Qualifiers
Istria City FC earned a bye from the Globe Cup First Preliminary Round
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- Sassari Trailblazers of Omerica. First Leg: Istria City 4-1 Sassari Trailblazers Second Leg: Sassari Trailblazers 1-1 Istria City (Istria City advances 5-2 on aggregate)
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Dalton Town FC of Baker Park. First Leg: Istria City 2-0 Dalton Town FC Second Leg: Dalton Town FC 3-0 Istria City (Dalton Town FC advances 3-2 on aggregate, Istria City is eliminated from the UICA)

Istria City FC- one of the Super 5. They, of course, actually navigated their way through the UICA qualifiers and into the Globe Cup last season, where they actually won their group before falling in the Round of 32. They had high ambitions this time around, in the second season of Alvin Burnsides at the helm. With the league's best strike pair at the front, leading this team, anything was certainly possible for this squad. But of course, could they replicate last season's summer success?

Their first oppponent was the Sassari Trailblazers, of Omerica. They were dominant in the first leg, at Kabonero III Field- winning by a stunning 4-1 score over the Trailblazers. They were too good at home, with Yitebarke, the captain and the Banijan international, scoring twice while Torvald Royle, the Freeport international, scored once himself. The game's last goal was scored by Jermaine Poole, the Equestrian winger. While the Omerican side had a technical chance in the second leg, especially having scored an away goal in the first leg, it was too big of a gap, and Istria City FC drew that second leg, 1-1, as they advanced 5-2 on aggregate.

Their next opponents, of course, would be none other than Dalton Town FC of the Commonwealth of Baker Park. Banijan slayers- of course, we'll come back to that. Dalton Town FC is a talented side, but at Kabonero III Field, it was more of the same from Istria City FC, as they had a complete performance in a 2-0 win over the Baker Park squad. With Atsushi Ryu adding to his scoring account, alongside Assefa Yitebarke, they looked set to progress. But then, it all went wrong in the away leg. A raucous crowd was at hand, and the Istria City side could not keep their heads. Their defense was always the team's weakness, and it let them down on this matchday. The hosts scored in the 14th minute, the 37th minute, and the 73rd minute. The Banijan side pushed furiously for what would be the winning away goal, but Royle hit the crossbar in the 3rd minute of stoppage time, and that was the final moments of the match.

The offense is absolutely deadly- it will be fixing the defense that will be Burnsides strongest challenge, as was shown by Dalton Town FC on this night.

4. Jinja City FC

Globe Cup Qualifiers
Jinja City FC earned a bye from the Globe Cup First Preliminary Round
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- USC of Baranil. First Leg: Jinja City 2-0 USC Second Leg: USC 1-2 Jinja City (Jinja City FC advances 4-1 on aggregate)
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Calvernia City of Seraxinbourgh. First Leg: Calvernia City 2-1 Jinja City Second Leg: Jinja City 4-1 Calvernia City (Jinja City advances 5-3 on aggregate)
Playoff Round
Opponent- Dalton Town FC of Baker Park. First Leg: Jinja City 1-0 Dalton Town Second Leg: Dalton Town 4-1 Jinja City (Dalton Town advances 4-2 on aggregate)

And now, for Alexander Bumba's side- Jinja City FC. They've also earned a bye from the first preliminary round of the Globe Cup, marking the first time in Banijan participation in the UICA where none of the Banijan qualifiers had to play a match in the first preliminary round of tournament qualifiers. Of course, that meant they started in the second round, and played USC, from Baranil. Opening at BCEL Stadium, it was Xilit-Zaxac Yol, the record goalscorer for the Qusmo national team, who opened his scoring account in short order for his new club, banging home a penalty in the 34th minute. Jalang Ba scored on a header as they blank their opponents, 2-0, on their home field. Lin Moon and Xilit-Zaxac Yol both scored in the away leg, as they won 2-1 in Baranil to advance, quite comfortably, to the next preliminary round, 4-1 on aggregate.

In the Third Preliminary Round, they were drawn with Calvernia City, the league champions of Seraxinbourgh. In the visit to Seraxinbourgh, they fell to the nation's league champions by a score of 2-1. Of course, this is the country's first participation in UICA competition, and the energy in that crowd was absolutely stellar. But then, of course, came the return leg. While Calvernia City had the energy, they don't have the experience for an away game like this. Jinja City FC has veteran players all over the roster, who weren't rattled by the deficit. A 4-1 dispatching of the visitors in the second leg led to a relatively straightforward 5-3 victory on aggregate for Jinja City FC, and they advanced.

They were now in the playoff round. A squad that has not participated in the group stages of UICA competition before, they could smell it on their doorstep. First, of course, came the challenge from Dalton Town FC, of Baker Park. A team that had already taken out one Banijan side, they were tasked with playing another. They played an evenly matched game, and while many thought they deserved to split the spoils in the first leg, a late free kick by Sia Fall allowed Jinja City FC to take a 1-0 lead, very slim, to Baker Park. But it all fell apart in the Commonwealth. They allowed a quick goal from the get go, and Dalton Town FC simply piled it on- it was 4-1 at the end of the match. A brutal way to, once again, get eliminated from the UICA before the season starts.

5. Duntho Sporting Club

Serie B Champions Cup Qualifiers
Duntho Sporting Club earned byes in the First, Second, and Third Preliminary Rounds
Playoff Round
Opponent- Tigo Gyulhabdwen of Capitalizt SLANI First Leg: Tigo Gyulhabdwen 1-1 Duntho Sporting Club Second Leg: Duntho Sporting Club 0-0 Tigo Gyulhabdwen (Duntho Sporting Club advances 1-1(1-0) on away goals)

Duntho Sporting Club is in one of those unique situations- being the two-time defending champions of the Northern League. One of the perculiar aspects of the promotion rules, written into the laws regarding promotion, was that if any team won its league three seasons in a row, then they'd get to skip the promotion playoffs and receive automatic promotion. Deemed the Corizova exception, Corizova United failed to take advantage of this the first time out, but won promotion the traditional way last season. This heaps a considerable amount of pressure onto Duntho Sporting Club- of course, we'll get more to that later. But with the league title securing automatic promotion this season, where will their focus be? The Serie B Champions Cup, or arguably the greater prize- the lone promotion spot to the BSL?

We'll see what that means. Regardless, in the summer, they certainly did not ignore their SBCC qualifications. They had a tough draw against Tigo Gyulhabdwen, who pushed them all the way to the brink. Duntho SC, thanks to byes, only participated in the final round of qualifications, and this certainly helped them. Teenage prospect Radek Lawniczak, the Soute national who is just 19 years of age, scored the go-ahead goal away from home in the 47th minute of the 1st leg. That turned out to be Duntho SC's only goal of the tie. Even though Tigo Gyulhabdwen quickly equalized, neither side scored the rest of the match, or at all in the second leg, as a smothering defense allowed Duntho Sporting Club to cruise to the group stages of the Serie B Champions Cup.

6. Baleweye FC

Serie B Champions Cup Qualifiers
First preliminary round
Opponent- Nakorusu Red Jewels of Kita-Hinode. First Leg: Nakorusu Red Jewels 1-2 Baleweye FC Second Leg: Baleweye FC 1-0 Nakorusu Red Jewels (Baleweye FC advances 3-1 on aggregate)
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- Fleftic Army of Abanhfleft. First Leg: Baleweye FC 3-1 Fleftic Army Second Leg: Fleftic Army 2-0 Baleweye FC (Fleftic Army advances 3-3(1-0) on away gaols, Baleweye FC is eliminated from the UICA)

Baleweye FC, the champions of the Lower Coastal League, did not exactly have an easy draw themselves when they were assigned opponents. Their first opponent was the Nakorusu Red Jewels, of Kita-Hinode. This was always going to be a tough matchup, but Baleweye FC manager Lukas Bornas was ready for the matchup. You have Kebaneilwe Omolemo playing in the false nine position, and it was an arrangement that worked brilliantly. They were able to open up all kinds of space against the Kita-Hinode side, and while the Red Jewels scored the opener, Baleweye FC's insistence allowed them to score twice in the second half. Mohammed Beatar scored in the 63rd, while Kamara Njie headed a ball in from a corner kick in the 68th, and they won the first leg, 2-1 away from home. It would be Omolemo himself who would score the lone goal of the second leg, back in Banija, as Baleweye FC advanced to the next preliminary round.

In the second preliminary round, they were drawn to play against the Fleftic Army, of, you guessed it, Abanhfleft. This, of course, was a tale of two very different games. It was the first leg, back at home, when Baleweye FC was flying all over the place. Mamela Road, holding less than 10,000 seats, was absolutely rocking on this gorgeous night. And Baleweye FC's players felt the energy. They had a 3-0 lead 80 minutes in. However, they allowed a crucial away goal in stoppage time. STill, of course, up 3-1 on aggregate. But the away goal would prove to be their undoing. It was a different story in Abanhfleft- Baleweye FC was slower, they were more rattled, the defense seemingly under siege. They broek down in the 30th, and Fleftic Army broke them down again in the 57th. While Baleweye FC tried desperately to score an away goal that would surely put them through, that would not be the case, as the squad was eliminated, 3-3(1-0) on away goals.

7. Bwubanza City SC

Serie B Champions Cup Qualifiers
Bwubanza City SC earned a bye for the First Preliminary Round
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- Finbar Stalwarts of Brenecia. First Leg: Finbar Stalwarts 2-2 Bwubanza City Second Leg: Bwubanza City 1-1 Finbar Stalwarts (Bwubanza City SC advances 3-3(2-1) on away goals)
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Blue Strike Zoloroni of Mercedini. First Leg: Blue Strike Zoloroni 0-2 Bwubanza City Second Leg: Bwubanza City 2-2 Blue Strike Zoloroni (Bwubanza City SC advances 4-2 on aggregate)
Playoff Round
Opponent- Malabon SC of Abanhfleft. First Leg: Malabon SC 1-2 Bwubanza City Second Leg: Bwubanza City 2-1 Malabon SC (Bwubanza CIty advances 4-2 on aggregate)

Remember Bwubanza City SC? They're right back to relevancy, even if they are still in the lower divisions. A team that somehow lost 15 league games in a row in Season 7 to, almost stunningly, get relegated, was able to turn it around in the Southern League and win it on their first try. Did they get promoted? They did not, but, of course, winning the league is the first step. And now, they are rewarded with what is surely a valuable experience for their players, which is participation in the Serie B Champions Cup.

Their first opponents were the Finbar Stalwarts, of Brenecia. A team that, finish third in the Brenecian B-League, qualified for the SBCC but, like Bwubanza City, did not get promoted. The two sides seemed relatively evenly match to start, and that was proven across all 180 minutes of football played. The first leg was in Brenecia, and it was a thrilling 2-2 draw. While the Stalwarts opened in the 34th minute from the spot, Torrey Mugabe scored just on the other side of halftime, and the captain, Manasses Teshome, scored in the 58th minute to give them the lead. While Bwubanza City certainly tried to hold, they could not keep out the Stalwarts, who scored in the 73rd. The first leg ended 2-2, and the second leg was also fast pace. It was Odion Obasea who scored in the 57th minute to give the hosts a lead on the day. And while The Stalwarts equalized, they could not get the go-ahead, as Mercedinian goalkeeper Mikelson made a number of great saves in the closing moments of this match to ensure that Bwubanza City advanced, 3-3(2-1) on away goals.

Their second opponents provided a homecoming opportunity for Bobby Mikelson, the Bwubanza City goalkeeper. They played Blue Strike Zoloroni of Mercedini. Of course, we all remember what happened the last time a Banijan side travelled to Mercedini- Banija's first ever World Cup bid was clinched by the Kadongo Kamu. The stakes here were considerably lower, of course, but still a fun one. With many members of Mikelson's family in the stadium, they saw him pitch a clean sheet, as Bwubanza City SC won 2-0 away from home, which, considering the away goals rule, basically buried the tie. The Zoloroni side tried to come back, putting up a ferocious fight in Banija, but it was ultimately futile as Bwubanza City SC advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

Now, of course, one more round of matches to clinch a berth in the group stages. Another Fleftic side- this one Malabon SC of Abanhfleft. Bwubanza City SC established itself as the better team on the night, winning by a score of 2-1 in Abanhfleft. And, of course, they had an impressive showing at home, winning by the same scoreline to advance to the group stages, 4-2 on aggregate. They are putting themselves in position, once again, to try and make a run towards the sole promotion spot, if Duntho SC don't have anything to say about it.

8. Jaribga Soccer Club

Cygnus Cup Winners Cup Qualifiers
No summer competition for the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup

Jaribga Soccer Club, the first Busoga Islander side to ever win a trophy since the establishment of the BSL all those years ago, did not have to play any matches over the summer. But we can take a moment to look back, and see how historic their run was to even win the RBSA Cup, which easily was the most shocking RBSA Cup of all time.

They first had to defeat Duntho Sporting Club, a defending regional league champion, on their turf in the opening round of the tournament. They then defended their home turf, winning a tight battle 1-0 against Kwadama Dojo. Of course, at this point, is where BSL sides were invited into the equation. And that is where the craziness started. They were able to take down their first BSL side, the Busukuma Force, in the Round of 32 at home. They then traveled to play another Islander team, Dukuma SC, and beat them 3-0 on their own turf. Even though Dukuma SC only won two league games on the season and ended up being unceremoniously relegated, it was still another BSL side. They then beat Aissa United FC, at home, in the quarterfinals, by a score of 1-0. And then, the biggest upset of all, while Bunyoro RSC was in the thick of the BSL title race, Adam Jeffreys side travelled to Jaribga and got walloped, allowing the regional league side to put 6 past them. That would be four BSL sides in a row that Jaribga SC defeated in cup play.

To further underline the insanity, their opponent in the final, Capitol City FC, was also a regional league side. But the strangest thing about this, is that Jaribga SC was a midtable side in league play all season long. They finished 5th in the Northwestern League- more than 16 points off the pace set by Corizova United. How in the world did they turn it up a notch, and defeat a whole host of clubs that were much bigger, and much wealthier, than they? All while they middled throughout league play? It is hard to say. But Jaribga SC fans weren't asking those questions, and simply enjoying that miracle cup run. That's the fun of cup play- you can have crazy results such as that, once every few years. The next time that will be equaled is stunning.

Everything here is a bonus from that miracle run. They'll play in the Kabaka's Cup, and they'll play in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup as a regional league side- they've certainly earned the spots, and will enjoy the fruits of their minor miracle they worked last season. What a run that was.
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Gridiron Football League of Banija

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The Olympic Committee of Banija is proud to present the Gridiron Football League of Banija. It is the top professional gridiron football league of both Banija and the Busoga Islands. It consists of 16 teams, with 15 in Banija and one in the Busoga Islands. They compete in a franchise model, who play in two separate eight conferences based on geography- the Coastal Conference and the Heartlands Conference. They play a double round robin within their conference, with two crossover games per year with the opposite conference, for a full 14 game schedule.

Six teams make the playoffs. THe top two in each conference, automatically seeded in the top 2 spots, then the next best 4 overall by record. The playoffs are then played home and away, with the national championship game played at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma, National Capitol Region, Banija- aka, the national stadium.

Teams in the GFLB
Coastal Conference
1. Herzegovina City Cobras. Location(city, region): Herzegovina City, Moravica. Colors: Green.
Star Field, Capacity of 62,600. They rent the stadium from Herzegovina City FC in the BSL.

2. Rukunbi Wizards. Location: Istria, Moravica. Located in Western Istria, the largest of the 5 districts of Istria with 38% of the city's population and generally considered to be culturally distinct from the rest of the city. Colors: Orange & Black.
Eastern Stadium. Capacity of 37,000. They rent the stadium from Rukunbi FC in the BSL.

3. Istria Black Mambas.. Location: Istria, Moravica. Located in Downtown Istria. Colors: Blue & Silver.
Liberty Stadium. Capacity of 70,000. Host of NSCF 12 & NSCF 14 Finals.

4. Dukuma Dragons. Location: Dukuma, North Island, Busoga Islands. Colors: Red.
Dukuma City Stadium. Capacity of 27,000.

5. Busembe Timberwolves.Location: Busembe, Kitara. Colors: Gray, Black, and White. Same organization and stadium as the Busembe Timberwolves in the BSL.
The Wolf's Den. Capacity of 44,000.

6. Sisonke Leopards. Location: Sisonke, Kitara. Colors: Black and Yellow.
The Leopard's Den. Capacity of 47,000.

7. Busukuma Athletic Club. BAC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region. Colors: Red & White. Same organization as Busukuma AC in the BSL.
Lukwago Field, Capacity of 37,000.

8. Busukuma Suns. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region, Banija. Color: White & Gold.
Sun Valley Field. Capacity of 53,000.

Heartlands Conference

1. Jinja City Springboks. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Color: Sky Blue
BCEL Stadium. Capacity of 52,400. Rent the stadium from Jinja City FC in the BSL.

2. Hoima Zebra. Location: Hoima, Ankole Region. Color: Red
PG Arena, Capacity of 44,500. Rent the stadium from the Hoima Warriors in the BSL.

3. Mynda Gorillas. Location: Mynda, Aksum. Color: Yellow
Kawesa Stadium. Capacity of 41,000. They rent the stadium from Mynda Electra in the BSL.

4. Lwanga Rhinos. Location: Lwanga, Buganda. Color: Purple.
The Watering Hole. Capacity of 63,000.[/url]

5. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club. Location: Umbazi, Buganda. Colors: Pink. Same organization as Umbazi Metropolitan SC in the BSL.
Buganda Regional Stadium, Capacity of 29,000.

6. Askatasuna Wildcats. Location: Askatasuna, Aksum. Color: Black.
Askatasuna City Field. Capacity of 40,000.

7. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club. BRSC. Location: Dodomo, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue. Same organization as Bunyoro RSC in the BSL and Bunyoro RSC in the BLL.
Stadium- Albert III Stadium. Capacity of 48,600.

8. Aissa Crocodiles. Location: Aissa, Hangaza. Colors: Green and white.
The Crocodile Swamp. Capacity of 47,000.
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Gridiron Football League of Banija

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Regular Season Standings
Coastal Conference             Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Istria Black Mambas 14 10 4 408 258 +150 - Coastal Conference Champion; Champions Bowl berth clinched
2 Busukuma Suns 14 10 4 358 314 +44 - Playoff Berth clinched
3 Busembe Timberwolves 14 8 6 350 315 +35 - Playoff Berth clinched
4 Busukuma Athletic Club 14 8 6 365 357 +8 - Playoff Berth clinched

5 Dukuma Dragons 14 5 9 319 317 +2
6 Herzegovina City Cobras 14 6 8 313 360 −47
7 Sisonke Leopards 14 6 8 325 376 −51
8 Rukunbi Wizards 14 3 11 263 404 −141

Heartlands Conference          Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Lwanga Rhinos 14 10 4 432 320 +112 - Heartlands Conference Champion; Champions Bowl berth clinched
2 Jinja City Springboks 14 9 5 398 313 +85 - Playoff Berth clinched
3 Aissa Crocodiles 14 7 7 366 351 +15
4 Mynda Gorillas 14 8 6 329 351 −22
5 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 14 5 9 326 355 −29
6 Bunyoro RSC 14 6 8 328 359 −31
7 Hoima Zebra 14 6 8 316 359 −43
8 Askatasuna Wildcats 14 5 9 298 385 −87

Playoff Seedings
Coastal Conference             Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Istria Black Mambas 14 10 4 408 258 +150
2 Lwanga Rhinos 14 10 4 432 320 +112
3 Busukuma Suns 14 10 4 358 314 +44
4 Jinja City Springboks 14 9 5 398 313 +85
5 Busembe Timberwolves 14 8 6 350 315 +35
6 Busukuma Athletic Club 14 8 6 365 357 +8

PLayoff Structure
In the quarterfinals, the top two seeds get a bye. The top two sides must be conference champions, regardless of record.
In the quarterfinals, the 6 seed will play away at the 3 seed, with the winner to face the #2 seed in the semifinals.
In the quarterfinals, the 4 seed will play away at the 5 seed, with the winner to face the #1 seed in the semifinals.

Busukuma Suns 27–24 Busukuma Athletic Club
Jinja City Springboks 17–34 Busembe Timberwolves

The quarterfinals of the playoffs saw a pair of intriguing matchups. The Coastal Conference, of course, was the better conference during the regular season, with 4 of the six playoff berths being clinched by that conference. The first round of the playoffs of the inaugural season of the Gridiron Football League of Banija saw the two capitol sides go at it- Busukuma Athletic Club, most famous for their BSL side, and the Busukuma Suns, the gridiron only franchise on the other side of the capitol. The rivalry was fierce during the regular season, but as this was a playoff match, it seemed to reach a fevered pitch.

The two teams played it out to a fierce battle at Sun Valley Stadium, and in a game that was evenly matched for almost its entirety, it was clear that it would take a lot to break the deadlock between these two. It was 7-7 after the 1st, 14-14 at halftime, and 21-21 after 3, with very little to separate the two sides. The fourth quarter saw the visitors in this rivalry, Busukuma AC, take a 24-21 lead against their crosstown rivals. However, the hosts marched back down the field, and scored a touchdown with 4 minutes to go against their crosstown rivals. Even though they missed the ensuing extra point, their defense was able to take the field, force a three and out, and then their offense ran out the clock for a fun win against their crosstown rivals.

The other playoff game, the Timberwolves visiting the Springboks, ended in a blowout. Of course, the first inter-conference matchup of the season, saw the Coastal Conference side dominate at BCEL stadium. While almost 53,000 packed the stadium for what was surely to be an exciting game, it ended up being a dud, especially for the home fans. The Timberwolves were up 21-0 with 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, and never looked back from there. A great win for the Timberwolves, as they'll travel to Liberty Stadium to take on the Black Mambas next week. And, of course, with the playoff victories for both the Timberwolves and the Suns, they will take the third and fourth Banijan spots in the Champions Bowl, in which we will be making our first appearance.

Istria Black Mambas 34–9 Busembe Timberwolves
Lwanga Rhinos 27–16 Busukuma Suns

It would be the home sides that would dominate the proceedings in the semifinal matchups, as both Conference champions flexed their muscles. The Blacks, of course, won big time, as they routed the Timberwolves by a score of 34-9. Holding the visitors to just a trio of field goals, they scored four touchdowns of their own, while putting through a pair of field goals. A game that was close for a half, with a halftime score of just 10-3, was broken open quickly in the second half. The Black Mambas returned the opening kick for a touchdown, and after forcing a three and out, drove down and got a field goal.

The game was 20-3 at that point. The Timberwolves got a field goal, but then the Black Mambas largely shut the door on the game. A 55 yard touchdown pass on the final play of the third quarter saw the Black Mambas take an almost insurmountable 27-6 lead into the fourth quarter, and it was basically buried from there. The Timberwolves did get another field goal, but a pick six was the final scoring, as the Black Mambas rode their 34-6 stunning upset victory into the title game.

As for the Rhinos, it was less dominant, but still, a great defensive performance. Three red zone trips for the Suns ended in three field goals, and it was that fierce red zone defense that was largely the difference for the hosts. The Suns were moving up and down the field on offense, but they weren't finishing drives. THey did open the game with a 75 yard touchdown pass on the first play, but once again, it simply wasn't enough. The two regular season conference champs had a date with destiny, then, at the Stadium of the Restoration.

National Championship Game
Istria Black Mambas 13–23 Lwanga Rhinos

And it is the Rhinos who will finish as the inaugural champions of the Gridiron Football League of Banija. In almost stunning fashion, the champions of the Heartlands Conference were the better team on the day, and absolutely deserving champions of the Kingdom of Banija. The two sides gathered at the Stadium of the Restoration, the selected long-term site for the title game, and the sets of fans of both teams were absolutely invigorated, trying to become Banija's first champion.

The Rhinos were the ones who came out firing. On the game's opening drive, they had a 12 play, 6:11 drive that ending in a four yard touchdown run for their running back, to take a 7-0 lead. While the teams traded punts for the rest of the quarter at that point, it was the second quarter where it got interesting. That was when the Black Mambas returned a punt 59 yards to the Rhinos 6 yard line, with their punt returner being caught by the punt, on a shoestring tackle. That ended up being huge, as the Black Mambas could not convert and had to settle for a field goal, to make it 7-3 in favor of the Rhinos. The Rhinos kicked a field goal as time expired in the half as well, to make the score 10-3 at halftime.

AFter halftime, the Black Mambas had yet another big play. Starting at their own 23, they ran a reverse that got a huge chunk of yardage- a 60 yard WR reverse, that put them at the opposing 17. But once again, in the red zone, it was the Rhinos defense who stepped up- a theme of their semifinal as well. Forcing another field goal, this defensive struggle in the title game was at 10-6. Who was going to break things open? Once again, it would be the Rhinos.

They didn't waste any time. On the ensuing kickoff, they had an electric return- a 94 yard return, all the way to the end zone, for a touchdown. All of a sudden, they had opened a two score lead on their opponents, being up 17-6, and behind a defensive unit that had stepped up all season, and postseason. They were able to add another field goal towards the end of the 3rd quarter, making it 20-6 to the Rhinos heading into the fourth.

In the fourth, the Black Mambas finally scored a touchdown, scoring on a fade route in the back corner to make the score 20-13. However, the Rhinos came back with an extremely long drive- 8 minutes exactly- to score a field goal, and make the score 23-13. And that, of course, was it for the game's scoring. And after the clock ticked to triple zeros, the Rhinos, naturally, exploded onto the field. The purple half of the stadium exploded, and they celebrated being the league's first national champions.
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First two rounds of RBSA Cup played as regional league squads get ready to start the season

Umbazi FA players celebrate their extra time winner in 1-0 RBSA Cup victory over the Boufaya Ravens

RBSA Cup 1st Round
Sororo City 2–2 Slobochia Bears (3–2 AET)
Bwubanza City SC 2–3 Kabakono City
Dimbogourou SC 1–2 Baleweye FC
AFC Akwadua 3–0 Luguyala Patriots
Busemlu Park SC 1–1 Suwawa FC (2–1 AET)
Kiala Athletic Society 1–0 AFC Kosactus
Amaku City FC 2–1 Kwadama Dojo
Capitol City FC 2–1 Garixas City
AFC Okahavi 1–2 Dodoma City SC
Dukuma SC 2–1 Tezirbu Foxes
Pumbasa Boars 4–1 Nsade United
Jaribga Soccer Club 3–0 Djoro Athletic
Thayaferu United 5–0 Abomfa United
Tripoli Foresters 4–1 Nezrouch Rovers
Byakado City 2–0 Eastern Moravica FC
Okakameb City 1–2 Mamari City
Mukegara Warriors 1–0 Koksho City
Duntho Sporting Club 2–0 Nanami Dragons
Igulu City FC 6–0 Selekawe Knights
Zakuta City 2–3 Kigagana Mountaineers
Koszagard City 1–2 Ogbordu Diamond FC
Gadive City 0–1 Taramazna United
Umbazi FA 0–0 Boufaya Ravens (1–0 AET)
Barmos United 1–3 Cerenus United

As for the regional leagues, this marks the beginning of the season. League play hasn’t started, of course, but the start of competitive matches in the country. That’s right- the RBSA Cup’s preliminary rounds have kicked off. While many don’t necessarily tune in until later in the tournament, it should be said that both of last season’s finalists, Capitol City FC and Jaribga SC, participated in these preliminary rounds, and as they are still regional league sides, still participate in the regional leagues.

Regardless, here we are. We’ll start with the banner raising ceremony, as Jaribga SC celebrated their shocking run to the Stadium of the Restoration last season by raising the banner, and holding the ceremony where they officially put the trophy into its case. A fun one, as they dismantled Djoro Athletic by a score of 3-0. What they did last season was improbable- could they tempt fate two years in a row?

Capitol City FC also started at home. A team that knocked off numerous BSL sides to get to the final last season, they are always in the promotion discussion. They took a 2 goal lead early, with a penalty In the 11th minute and a free kick in the 25th, and they held on in our nation’s capitol for a 2-1 victory. And Duntho Sporting Club, a team whom many are going to watch this season as they attempt to win Banija’s first ever automatic promotion via the league, continued their good start to the preseason with a 2-0 home victory over the Dragons. They seem focused- but will that be enough?

Some more big teams of course? First, going to Dukuma SC. After winning just 2 games last season in the BSL, they find themselves relegated to the Northwestern League, as they try to, once again, make the climb up the ladder and back to first tier football. They started in a regional derby against the Tezirbu Foxes, and found a way to win, by a score of 2-1. They’ll be competitive in the main landscape. And, of course, Igulu City took care of business in a big way, winning by a stunning score of 6-0 at home to open their season.

What were some other notable results, some exciting ones? Over these first 24 matches, only three went to extra time, and none went to penalties. One that went to extra time, however, was Sororo City beating the Bears 3-2 after extra time, when 35 year old winger Boubacar Kinte scored the winner in the 115th minute. Suwawa FC, coming off the back of a semifinal appearance in the Serie B Champions Cup, fell 2-1 away from home against Busemlu Park, where goalkeeper Ohlud Venzi had a howler, fumbling a shot and allowing the hosts to put them away. And finally, Umbazi FA, in a game that was scoreless for 119 minutes, won on a stunning free kick to get themselves into the second round. An exciting round of matches, as fans gear up for what should be an exciting season in the 2nd tier.

RBSA Cup 2nd Round
Taramazna United 0–2 Sororo City
Igulu City FC 5–2 Kigagana Mountaineers
Baleweye FC 1–2 Dukuma SC
Byakado City 3–0 Amaku City FC
Cerenus United 1–1 Jaribga Soccer Club (2–2 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Busemlu Park SC 1–1 Umbazi FA (1–1 AET) (2–3 pen.)
AFC Akwadua 4–1 Mamari City
Tripoli Foresters 3–0 Mukegara Warriors
Pumbasa Boars 0–1 Kitara Athletic Society
Ogbordu Diamond FC 5–3 Kabakono City
Duntho Sporting Club 0–2 Capitol City FC
Dodoma City SC 3–3 Thayaferu United (3–3 AET) (4–3 pen.)

And now, of course, the 2nd round of the RBSA Cup. Where the contenders for cinderella runs against the BSL sides get separated from the pretenders. There was a couple of surprising results here, and some that were largely expected.

First, of course, Sororo City and Igulu City both took care of business, as expected, to punch their ticket to the next round. Sororo City had to go away from home to do so, as they won against Taramazna United 2-0 in Taramazna. Igulu City FC had another dominant performance at home, following up their 6-0 victory against the Selekawe Knights in the 1st round with a 5-2 victory against the Mountaineers in this round. Is this the year Igulu City can climb to the mountaintop of the regional leagues? And let’s not forget about Dukuma SC, who won 2-1 away from home themselves in their matchup.

The next two games of note, of course, both went to penalties. Jaribga Soccer Club played a competitive game against Cerenus United, and the two sides could not separate themselves. A 38th minute goal to give Cerenus United, the hosts, the lead, and a 73rd minute goal to give Jaribga Soccer Club an equalizer. This shootout was entertaining. Cerenus United missed their second kick, while Jaribga SC missed their third kick, to have both teams level, 3-3, after 4 kicks each. On the fifth kick, Busogan international Hibbaan al-Shareef made a stunning save, while the defending RBSA Cup champs buried their next penalty to go to the next round. Umbazi FA also won on penalties, advancing to the next round.

The matchup of the day, however, had to be Duntho Sporting Club and Capitol City FC, both teams with aspirations to get promoted this season- though Duntho SC, of course, has the cleaner path to do so. Two of the better regional league sides, this was certainly the marquee matchup of the weekend- and it fit the billing. A very back and forth, up and down game, with Duntho SC’s fans encouraging them to attack more and more. It was Capitol City FC, though, who was able to establish themselves. Makang Darboe, the teenage defender, headed one home in the 84th minute, while Solomon Devonte, the 37 year old Devontan, buried them on the counter in the 88th.

What a weekend it was. The 12 teams that we know will go out and face the BSL sides, to see who will get a chance to pull off the upset, who will get a chance to be the cinderella, to shock the country- can any of the remaining regional league sides repeat what Jaribga SC pulled off last season, and go all the way to lift the trophy? We’ll find out soon enough.

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Northwestern League

The Northwestern League likes to market itself as Banija’s strongest regional league. And while, of course, that’s pretty difficult to officially determine, last year they made a big argument that is the case. Corizova United, their champion, was the regional league champion who was able to secure promotion. It was their previous champion, Suwawa FC, who made a record Banijan run in a UICA competition, shockingly going all the way to the semifinals of the Serie B Champions Cup. And lastly, Jaribga Soccer Club became the first regional league side to win the RBSA Cup, Banija’s premier cup competition.

This league has been dominated by Corizova United since its incorporation into the pyramid. Corizova United won the league in Season 1, Season 2, and Season 4, and won the promotion playoff last season. So it will certainly be a different landscape as the league’s champs try to navigate the Banijan Soccer League. What happens now? Well of course, with every story of promotion, there is relegation, and it was Dukuma SC who suffered. Winning just 2 games in the BSL last season, relegation is a tough path for them. Of course, we saw what happened to Bwubanza City last season- teams can bounce back. And Dukuma SC did win their preliminary round RBSA Cup matches. But can they bounce back in the league?

They will certainly try to get promoted. But who else is a competitor? Suwawa FC, of course. While their focus went towards the UICA last season with their run, they are fully focused on the league now, and seemed prime to make a run. They have talented youngsters, like Cosumarite midfielder Reginius Kunst as well as defender Jabril Faye. They have a decent mix with veterans however, with Thomas Bishop joining the fold from Velestria. Suwawa FC, with the talent and the skills of the manager, the Juvencus national Estève Palomer, have to be the favorites, but without Corizova United, the status of front runner is a lot more tenuous. We can’t forget about a team like Jaribga Soccer Club, who are coming off the backs of a fantastic cup run. If they can take that form to the league, they’d certainly be a force that needs to be reckoned with. Regardless, it should be a fun one in the Busoga Islands and Moravica.

Lower Coastal League

Per usual, there are three teams to talk about in terms of championship aspirations in this league- Baleweye FC, Kabakono City, and Capitol City FC. All three, of course, have legitimate championship aspirations in this league, as we move towards the start of the season. IN the RBSA Cup preliminary rounds, however, it was Capitol City FC that had the strongest start to the cup competition.

First, of course, the defending champions- Baleweye FC. They won the league last season, but alas, did not get promoted, and so they fight on, trying to reach the league’s summit again, and the promotion playoff battle. While they won their opening preliminary round tie this summer in the Serie B Champions Cup, they fell at the next hurdle, to the Fleftic Army on away goals. And then in the 2nd round of the RBSA Cup, they fell at home to Dukuma SC. Bornas, in his 9th season leading the side, certainly has the ability to lead them up. Adding young talent, like Nirav Pat and Kebaneilwe Omolemo, might give them the extra kick they need to defend their league title.

Second, of course, Capitol City FC. While they didn’t win the league last season, they also had an inspiring RBSA Cup run, going all the way to the final. Led by 2nd year manager Akhona Joyi, this is a side that thinks that they can compete. You’re going to have to see a generational change at this side soon, we imagine. Their central midfielders are age 35 and 36, while Solomon Devonte, their main striker, is 37. That might be the last opportunity for those three together to clinch promotion, before they’ll have to ride off into the sunset. Can they do so? Or are they too old, especially in the central midfield, to clinch what would certainly be a legacy definer?

And lastly, but certainly not least, Kabakono City. The relatively young manager, Juma Ouattara, is in his second season at the helm, and is just 41 years old. He has a relatively young team, with 5 of the starters at age 23 or under. It will be a tough road- how do you climb back to the top? Last season, this team had the best defense in the Lower Coastal League, allowing 52 goals- 2nd best across all the regional leagues. Staying rock solid in the back will be a challenge, but if Ouattara can get that defense to continue to perform at a high level, then that will be the key to a Kabakono title challenge this season.

Southern League

And for the Southern League. Buoyed by Bwubanza City SC, who after falling out of the BSL by losing 15 games in a row to end a season, and picked themselves up in time for the Southern League. They led the regional league system in two major categories. They had more points than any regional league side, earning 93 on the season. They also had the best goal difference of the regional league sides, with a goal difference of +39. And they were level with Duntho SC for most goals scored last season, with 95. This led them to the Southern League title in their first season down. However, they could not hold form in the promotion playoffs, as they fell at the first hurdle to Duntho Sporting Club, losing both legs in a 6-2 aggregate thrashing.

Bwubanza City SC, with their prolific offense, are the favorites to repeat. Torrey Mugabe was looked at by a number of BSL sides, but ultimately, Bwubanza City was able to hold onto their fan favorite. The young energetic squad has just one player over the age of 30, and that is the captain, the #9, Manasses Teshome. And lastly, of course, they have a talented goalkeeper in Bobby Mikelson. But they are in two competitions this season, having clinched qualification to the SBCC group stages. Can they make what would surely be a stunning run while competing for a league title?

Behind them, of course, is Dodoma City. They finished just three points off the pace last season, behind Bwubanza City SC. And now, of course, their manager has retired. That means Yohannes Wagaye will take the helm for the first time. He, before, was coaching the University of Ankole Women’s Varsity team. There is plenty of leadership in this squad, from Equestrian captain Alfred Cooper to 35 year old center back Hatabu Mboob. But they have a pair of teenagers two, with 18 year old Alemu Mebreatu at right back and 19 year old Hailu at defensive midfield, alongside Alfred Cooper. A good mix- but will it work? Last season, their defense was the best in the regional leagues, allowing just 37 league goals over 44 games. Will that happen again? Tough to say. But if their defense and midfield, led by Cooper, can play as well as they did last season, then they have a fighting chance to be as stout defensively this season as they were last season. And if they do that, then they’ve as good as a shot as anyone at dethroning Bwubanza City.

It was a two horse race last season, of course. But who else can surprise? Umbazi FA has had a decent RBSA Cup run so far, so maybe they could climb the ranks. There is also Sororo City, who had an extremely disappointing season last year. Otherwise, however, we can expect a two horse race likely once again to be champions of the Southern League.

Northern League

This league is where all eyes will be for those following Banija's promotion battle- and specifically, they will be trained on Duntho Sporting Club. Due to the ‘Corizova exemption’, a team that wins its regional league three seasons in a row gets promoted automatically, and the promotion playoffs would be cancelled for the season. A tough ask, of course, to win a league three times in a row. How often does that happen? Corizova United, whom the exemption is named after, got the first crack at this, but they fell at the final stage. And now, of course, it is Duntho Sporting Club’s turn. The pressure on this team, naturally, will be enormous to get automatic promotion. They fell in the Promotion Playoff final last season, and the semifinals the year before that- is this their year?

They, of course, are also competing in the Serie B Champions Cup. It will be interesting for Chydey Obasey, the 2nd year manager, to navigate. He’s already won the league, he’s in the group stages of the Serie B Champions Cup for the 2nd season in a row. But the goal, of course, is promotion, even if getting the sole promotion spot among 48 sides is a tall order. But he’ll never have a better opportunity to do so than he has now- promotion is earned in this country, and he has the capability to do it. But the pressure as favorites, the media pressure, the SBCC- will all that pile on him?

That is not to say, even if they ran away with the league last season, that there are no challengers. Chief among those challengers is Igulu City. After a disappointing 5th place finish last season, they seem to be retooling. They were the most impressive team in the first two rounds of the RBSA Cup, with emphatic blowout wins, one by a score of 6-0, and the other 5-2. They’ve kept their faith in Abraham Akampurira as manager, and he will try to make sure that Duntho Sporting Club, much like Corizova United in Season 3, do not get to take advantage of the exemption and gain the sole promotion berth to the Banijan Soccer League.

Who else is there? Cerenus United, always a talented team, is a perennial contender in the Northern League. This is a team with 6 players who are 31 or older- quite a bit for a starting lineup. How long will they be able to challenge before the eventual generational change comes? They’re getting older on the wings, their captain, a 35 year old central midfielder by the name of Lindani Qoboza, isn’t getting faster. And their right back is 38. Thayaferu United, and the Luguyala Patriots, both are contenders as well, though both would be seen as dark horses. Still however, the league is Duntho’s to lose- can they make their way back to the top?
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Preview Part I


The All-Banija Sports Magazine is proud to present you with the authoritative preview for Season 9 of the Banijan Soccer League. Your one stop shop- everything you need to know for the next season of Banija's top flight. Not only will we have our predictions for the final table, but we will have our team by team previews. Our predictions on how the busy transfer window will turn out, who will win the title, who will join the regional league sides, and everything form there.

And of course, teams are previewed in order of their predicted finish. So 1 is the team we expect to finish first, 2 is the team we expect to finish second, and so on. Without further ado!

Team By Team Preview-
1. Herzegovina City Football Club.

The defending champs. The big boys on the block. For the 2nd time in three seasons, participants in the group stages of the UICA Champions Cup- and still the only BSL side to do that. And, of course, winners of 4 of the past 6 league titles. Brian Emerson, the manager, has taken the squad to new heights since the Cosumarite was called upon to replace Kolt Freegan last season, and won a nailbiter of a title race last season for his second time raising the trophy, holding off Bunyoro RSC by just a single point.

Thanks to their record of recent success, and even their success this summer, when they cruised to the UICA Champions Cup group stages, they find themselves as the favorites to win the league this season. Now, of course, there will be plenty to attract their attention. Competing in both the UICA Champions Cup group stages, the group stages for the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, all while having a target on your back, is tough work.

But there is belief within the squad. Brian Emerson said that the goal ‘has to be improving from last season, taking a step forward’. And they’ve the talent to do so. Fireblade and Brotzmann are both in their second seasons with the club. Rosie Tyler is in her second season as well. All three should be settling in now to Banija and the quirks of playing for this club, of all clubs. The team’s midfield is strong, and playing together as a unit. They’ve even added Christos Tsiavis, the striker from Nephara, to the starting XI.

What is the team’s weakness? Probably its aging on defense. They signed Felix Millar, fortunately, at left back, who is entering his prime at 26. But Kasekende is 38 years old, and seemingly on his last legs. Brehanu is 33, Atieno is also 33, and Lazlo Kearney is 34. What does that mean? Will they slow down in the back? Will the reactions be that much slower? That has to be the achilles heel, and we imagine that Emerson will look for a more wholesale change in the back next season. But for now, of course, with their strength of talent everywhere else, they open as the betting favorites to repeat as league champs.

2. Istria City Football Club.

This team has the best offensive setup in the game. Managed by Alvin Burnsides, also of Cosumar, they had title aspirations last season, but those were, most unfortunately, not reached. Not a total loss though. A top four finish put them into this season’s UICA Globe Cup. And last season’s UICA Globe Cup campaign was certainly successful, earning qualification to the Globe Cup proper, and even winning their group, before falling in the Round of 32. Not a total loss. But still, this season they are gunning for a title, to overtake their rivals to the North and reach the league’s summit.

How will they get there? The core of their team is formed in their strikepair up top- Assefa Yitebarke, and Torvald Royle. Two of the league’s top strikers, they are quite a handful for any back line to prepare for. Assefa Yitebarke has long been one of the league’s top goalscorers, and now wears the #9 jersey for the national team as well, which can only improve his confidence. And the outside midfielders, Atsushi Ryu and Jermaine Poole, are very talented in their own right.

Now of course, their defense was very shaky last season, but we must look at the central midfield. Aaron Starkey and Ablie Kah, just 24 and 25, respectively, are seen as the central midfielders of the future. But what’s gonna happen there? If anything, Ablie Kah took a step back during World Cup Qualifying for the Kadongo Kamu, and it is a worrying sign heading into the club season. How is he doing? How will he do?

We don’t know the lifeline on this central midfield pairing. But if they want to seriously compete to dethrone Herzegovina City FC, then they have to figure it out. Working to improve that connection will be good for them and the team, but if Ablie Kah’s struggles continue into the season, and throughout the campaign, then don’t been surprised if Burnsides makes moves next offseason to shore up that central midfield.

3. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club.

Bunyoro RSC. They debuted their new stadium last season, after it was built and used for World Cup 81, and they were the league’s darlings. Usually an upper mid table side, they took the league by storm, managed by Velestrian Adam Jeffreys, and rode that furor throughout the season, missing out on the league title by just a single point. Truly, a stunning story, as it was the highest finish a non Super 5 club has ever had.

The emergence of Adam Jeffreys, of course, has a managerial candidate has not been lost on anybody after that performance. The rumors are already swirling, that teams like Busukuma AC, that teams like the Hoima Warriors, would be chomping at the bit if their managerial jobs became available- and the coaches for both squads, of course, are on the proverbial hot seat. How long will he stay? He’s survived one offseason, and brought the core of his squad back. Can he shock the world again, and climb to the top of the BSL mountain?

There has to be some dropoff expected, of course. But there are reasons for hope. Obey Chidiebere and Guguletha Feza, largely as a result of the quality season that they had in Bunyoro RSC’s shock rise, earned valuable time with the national team, with Chidiebere being a starter for the entirety of the qualifying campaign, plus the World Cup Finals themselves. Amadi Uche got some experience as well, and they signed Paula Farquhar, out of Brenecia, to add some talent to the central of the midfield.

But how will it all be settled? Their dreams made rise and fall with the 18 year old teenage phenom, Reden Omar. The teenager, out of Velestria, broke out last season, leading the team in goalscoring at his young age. And now? All eyes will be on him. He seems destined for bigger and better things, meaning that his time with Bunyoro RSC is almost certainly limited as we imagine, at least, one of the Super 5 clubs will try to recruit him, or he’ll eventually be swiped by an even larger club abroad. But he’s here, for this season, and ready to deal with the pressure.

This team will be an interesting one to follow. With them being able to largely hold onto their roster and manager, we can predict, we believe, that they will be able to maintain a spot in the top four- which would clearly be stunning. How long will they be able to stay together? We are not sure, but one more ride, considering they had a UICA Globe Cup appearance together, would not be bad. Ultimately, we are going to predict that they finish in 3rd, not seriously challenging for another league title but enough to go back to the UICA Globe Cup.

4. Hoima Warriors.

The Hoima Warriors. Banija’s most underachieving team. If the phrase ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ applied to team sports, it would apply to Hoima. One of Banija’s Super 5 clubs, it has been six seasons in a row where they missed the top four, and therefore, missed competing in the UICA. And they’ve cycled through coaches, had an ownership battle, and done all kinds of things to try and get back to where they believe they should be- in the UICA. None of it has been successful.

And yet, here they are again. Yet another season of disappointment, another season of underachieving, and another season of building pressure on the manager. This time, of course, it’s Mark Grayson. The Hoima Warriors, shockingly enough, have always been the team fastest to cycle through a manager in the BSL, with their sky high expectations of themselves, and their not so recent run of sky high results on the field. Mark Grayson, of course, broke through into the top four with the Herzegovina Phoenix, and almost did so again, before being hired here in Hoima.

There are quality building blocks for the Nepharim manager to work with. Ozolx-Mazur Guv, the 30 year old winger from Qusmo, is the best player on the squad. While of course, across from him we have Josef Lawerenz, who has now been in the Banijan Soccer League for a number of seasons. This team has all the ingredients at finally doing what it has failed to do for the last 6 seasons into a row. Breaking into the top four, and with it, challenging for a berth in UICA competition.

While they have the talent on paper, we know this isn’t simply a round of Football Manager. It’s played on the field, and there is pressure on this squad. There are rumors that Ozolx-Mazur Guv is going to leave if they don’t make the UICA, and if they miss out on the UICA again, you can bet that, knowing the history of how this club has been ran, Mark Grayson will be out the door right behind him- though his, not by choice.

On paper, it’s clear that they have the talent to do some serious damage. We think they can break into the top four, and actually do this, but like we said, we’ll simply have to wait and see.

5. Jinja City Football Club.

Jinja City FC. The anchor of stability. The only club in the BSL to finish in the top four of every single season in the BSL. 4 straight runner-up finishes, from Season 3 to Season 6. And, of course, while the world changes around them, they have the now second longest tenured manager in the league, who is Alexander Bumba. A talented coach who has thrived at this high pressure, he has repeatedly, in the past, declared his love for the club and his intention to stay there forever.

And that’s when the bombshell came in- Alexander Bumba had flown to Schottia, for an interview with their federation over their national team job. Now of course, everyone can recognize that’s a step up- managing for a former World Cup champion, who is making their return to the fold, is certainly a great place to be. But of course, in the world of twii.tur and the rumor mill, rumors started flying around. Is Bumba unhappy with Jinja City FC? Does he want to leave?

And then, of course, recently, he has expressed his own frustrations, saying that ‘I’m sick of being second-best.” And since his club has clearly been overshadowed by Herzegovina City FC in the last few seasons, the sentiment makes sense. He has not put together your typical squad for this season- it is an older, gritter squad, with a bunch of players who have large chips on their shoulders. The youngest player is 26, and the oldest is 34.

Of course, the 26 year old is Qusmo striker Xilit-Zaxac Yol, who is his national team’s all-time leading goalscorer. Just signed this offseason, many Jinja City beatwriters said he was the ‘centerpiece’ of Bumba’s plan to climb back to the mountaintop. One writer said that ‘there’s nothing that bothers Alexander Bumba more than Herzegovina City’s success. His frustrations, he gets short even at their mention. The man’s obsessed with beating them.” And with that kind of talent at striker, you throw in guys like Malachi Gallagher, Sia Fall, and DeAndre James, who are all willing to do whatever it takes to win, and you make for an incredibly intriguing squad.

What will their identity be? Tough and scrappy, never say never? Regardless, we know that a lot of its fortunes will depend on how they integrate Xilit-Zaxac into the squad. If he can replicate his form, both in and for his country, in the BSL, then combining that scrappy mentality with a top notch goalscorer could prove deadly for opponents. But if not? Well, we aren’t sure. The squad is aging, and with that uncertainty in an aging, we’re predicting fifth place- though of course, like we said before, Bumba has never missed the top four at the helm of this club in his career, and certainly is not looking to start now.

6. Lakiska Sporting Club.

How wrong we were about this team’s chances in Season 8. This magazine, like most publications in the country, had predicted the team to finish in the bottom quartile of the table. We predicted them to finish in 16th. And in our defense, that wasn’t exactly an unreasonable expectation. In Season 5, they finished in 19th, earning just 27 points on the season. In Season 6, they also finished in 19th, earning just 27 points on the season. And in Season 7, they almost got relegated, needing a midseason hire of present Qusmi manager Winad-Lenpi Xlo to steady the ship and avoid last place, climbing out of their hole all the way to 17th. They finished with just 27 points for the third season in a row in Season 7. So even with a new regime, expecting their ceiling to be firmly as a midtable side seemed natural and expected.

But Winad-Lenpi Xlo, the Qusmi manager, had other days. Winad-Lenpi did more than steady the ship in a Season 7 campaign that looked certain to end with a spot in the Northwestern League. Winad-Lenpi Xlo clearly had his sights set higher than avoiding relegation, and was able to put together a team that earned more points, 62, last season than they did in the previous two seasons put together- and then some. The season was marked by the emergence of the league’s best defense- only allowing 33 league goals last season. And, of course, they were able to keep the team together, with Okafor, Babaja, and Winad-Lenpi Xlo all deciding to stay.

It'll be tougher for them to stay under the radar this season. For one, they’ve already finished in fifth, and were just two points shy of an appearance in the UICA Globe Cup, which would have been absolutely stunning. But, of course, the winds are changing. Busukuma AC had a stunning collapse last season, finishing in 10th, Hoima managers are always seemingly on the hot seat, and there are rumblings in Jinja City FC about Alexander Bumba. One of the Super 5 is almost certain to make a run at Winad-Lenpi Xlo at some point soon. Can they keep the team’s attention on the season as the rumor mill starts churning? It will certainly be an interesting challenge.

We don’ t think last season was a fluke. Under current management, they can stay in the top half of the table. The development of players like Kizza Okafor and Ousman Babaja, as well as the strength of the back line, even if it is aging, will be the strength of Lakiska SC for the season. 6th, we think, is a reasonable gauge of the team’s ability and talent levels. Competing for the UICA, but another strong season under present management seems likely.

7. Busukuma Athletic Club.

Last season was an unmitigated disaster for the capitol club. And it was made worse when their best player, Alanso Tamba, decided to skip out on the BSL and take the path to the greener pastures in Nephara. Last season, of course, was one of the ones with the most parity in recent seasons, with just 6 points separating 10th place Busukuma AC, and 4th place Jinja City FC. Unfortunately for Busukuma AC, they were on the wrong end of that table, finish in 10th place. They were, of course, the league’s defending champions, so the season came as a shock.

Frankly, it’s a wonder Ferran Rey didn’t get fired. Of course, he’s one season removed from winning the whole thing, but still. The manager holds on, just barely, as he tries to right the ship at the capitol’s Super 5 club. But they are reeling. 10th place, and losing their best player? We don’t see them being able to compete for UICA berths this season. That would, at this point, seem slightly like a stretch too far for this club.

What’s wrong here? Alex Sandoval is likely to perform up to his ability, as the in his prime central striker from Baker Park will have that much more scoring responsibility. But the attention will be on him. Ansu Cisse, while talented, is 34. Girma Asmelash is 37. Players like Salvai and Temesgen, while talented, are not good enough to lead this team back to the UICA. They are Busukuma AC, of course, so while them finishing 10th seems out of reach, a 7th place finish seems likely from the Season 7 champions. And if they do, we imagine that all kinds of heads will roll in the nation’s capitol.

8. Herzegovina Phoenix.

As for the Herzegovina Phoenix. The former league darlings, and the current crosstown rivals, of the present behemoths and giants of the BSL, Herzegovina City. Their league darling role is probably gone now, thanks to the shocking rise of Lakiska SC and Bunyoro RSC last season, but they have established themselves from simply a middling expansion side, when they started, to an almost for sure top half of the table side.

Jehan Blair, the Cosumarite, has managed well at this club, and has been well received by fans here. Assefa Berhane, the former Banijan national team starting goalkeeper, calls this club home. He has some talent that was brought in here by Mark Grayson, which includes Orion Etzebeth, and Corvid Alemane, both talented Nepharims- though they are both 33 years of age. Interestingly enough, this club is tied with Herzegovina City FC and Jinja City FC for the BSL club with the fewest Banijans in their starting XI, as they just have two. Assefa Berhane in net, and Fekati Abdi at left back. The beautiful game is international, right? So stuff like that is bound to happen.

We expect them to finish in the top half of the table, once again. Corvid Alemane at the front, alongside Jery Bostun, they form a formidable front line. Not as lethal as, say, Yitebarke/Royle, but still a talented strikeforce on its own. A player to watch is another young winger, Vidyo Avramov, the 20 year old midfielder from Siovanija & Teusland. He is talented and very young- can he take the next step, in this season in the BSL, and get noticed by the bigger clubs, or even back home by his national federation? Time will tell.

Anything less than the top half of the table will be an extreme disappointment. While the possibility might be there for them to make a big time run and climb higher than 8th, we would imagine that’s unlikely, as the talent gap between them and the teams ahead of them is just too large. Crazier things though, certainly have happened.

9. Kitara Athletic Association.

The Kitara Athletic Association. A team that, over the course of the past few seasons, have found itself an upper mid table side in the Banijan Soccer League. Led by Alan Bettles, this team has had consistently strong finishes to seasons, and consistently serve as a thorn in the side late in seasons against teams that are chasing titles. Playing spoiler, finishing in the top half, and surprising all those who do not take them seriously.

That’s what makes them an intriguing squad to preview. Alan Bettles, the 64 year old, will be in his second season at the helm, and it is clear that he has some talent there. Nick Haller, the 27 year old Baker Park winger, is in his prime, and seems pretty committed to Kitara AA. You’ve got 26 year old defensive midfielder Thomas Owen, an Audioslavian, who was signed quite young on a free transfer by Kitara AA a few years back, and has developed into a solid player. He certainly won’t be playing for a national team with the stature of Audioslavia, as there is a ton of talent at the top, but he is fairly rangy, and helps keep the back line strong. A good fit for the club.

Busoga Islander international Ikshu Amitabh will be starting at the #9, and after experience in both World Cup Qualifying and the Cup of Harmony, though he was in the shadow of Ousman Babaja, he will be looking to obtain the title as the best Busoga Islands striker. But ultimately, this midtable side will continue to be a midtable side, but in the top half of the table. Beyond Nick Haller, the top shelf talent simply isn’t there for the team to make a meaningful run.

Nick Haller has enjoyed a few good seasons at this club. How long will he stay at Kitara AA? Is his loyalty to the club that brought him here larger than his ambition? We imagine that Busukuma AC, regardless of how this season goes, will be making a run at him. Certainly easier than the international window, Baslios Tesmegen isn’t getting any younger, and Haller will be a number of players that they’ll be looking at. Regardless, expect him to be responding to the rumor mill more than once as it churns when the season gets up and running.

10. The Lwanga Lions.

And last, but not least, for the final team of the first half of the preview. We’re looking at one of the youngest teams in the league, who have sat back and largely had a strategy of stockpiling young talent, and watching it develop. It’s gotten ugly at times- last season, they finished in 11th and with 56 points, but had a -13 goal difference, much worse than anyone around their place in the table.

But this season, maybe they can finally break into the top half of the table? While it will certainly be a challenge, their young talent is finally starting to mature. Xavier Melchoir, the Taeshani attacking midfielder they’ve had for a few seasons, seems to finally have gotten his feet under him in the professional game. He’s now 21, with plenty of seasons ahead of him, but some valuable experience. Samba Singateh is now 24. Their long-term plan, of developing youth and waiting for them to come of age, could finally come to fruition this season.

Of course, the inherent risks of doing that as a smaller club are all gonna come into play here- namely, can they keep the squad together? There’s a lot fo young talent that has potential on this team, and if there’s any dark horse to make a run, it would be the Lions. They’ve been doing this for a few years now, the young talent is starting to mature, and Simon Wanjala is looking to finally burst onto the scene. We’ll see what happens, but for now, we’re predicting them at 10th, with the potential, with a few breaks, for things to go much, much higher.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Preview Part II


The All-Banija Sports Magazine is proud to present you with the second half of the authoritative preview for Season 9 of the Banijan Soccer League. Your one stop shop- everything you need to know for the next season of Banija's top flight. Not only will we have our predictions for the final table, but we will have our team by team previews. These are our team by team predictions of who will finish 11th through 20th in the league, and who unfortunately, will get relegated.

And of course, teams are previewed in order of their predicted finish. So 11 is the team we expect to finish eleventh, 12th is the team we expect to finish twelfth, and so on. Without further ado!

Team By Team Preview

11. Mynda Electra.

And Mynda Electra. Last season, they were the only team in the bottom half of the table to finish with a positive goal difference, where they finished with a +2 goal difference, and yet, only in 13th place. A weird season last year- Busukuma AC had the fourth best goal difference in the league, at +18, and yet finished in 10th? Speaks to the consistency, or lack thereof, towards the middle of the table. And Mynda Electra is one of those many teams looped in there.

One of the league’s two foreign owned clubs(owned by Electra Corporation in Damukuni), this team has an interesting outlook for this season. The weakness of this squad, of course, has to be the back line. Barry Horlock, the captain from Nephara, is 36 years of age. They have a pair of backs who are 38 years old. That means the defense, while experienced, can easily wear down. And then, throwing in a rookie goalkeeper? IT’ll be an interesting mix, though a challenge for Delgado as he adjusts to first team football. He’s the type of player with enough talent to move up to a bigger team in the league next season- though of course, you’ve gotta pay your dues. We imagine that they’ll have some very serious challenges making noise, as they try to find ways to protect that back line.

This club is traditionally a mid-table side, and we expect that to be the same this season. They have some talent in the midfield, specifically Essa Kama at center midfield. And, with Fakebba Ouattara coming up the wing, they should be able to create their fair share of scoring opportunities throughout the season. But this is a team that should, solidly, finish mid-table, and while not a serious threat to break into the UICA, they will also not be a participant in the conversation about relegation either, which is always a good thing.

12. Rukunbi Football Club.

There are three things that this club are most well known for. The first, is that they are the ‘other’ Istria side- none of the glitz and glamor of Istria City FC, but hardnosed, working class, and to be quite blunt, a smaller club than the side that is their big brothers. The second, is that they have the longest tenured coach in the Banijan Soccer League- with Teague Spanos’ tenure predating the establishment of the BSL, and going back to their days of participation in the regional leagues.

And third, of course, is that they have the rowdiest fanbase in the country- and that’s putting it nicely. They would describe themselves as the country’s most passionate fans. Others would describe them as the craziest, or most violent. Whatever you want to call it, Rukunbi FC has an interesting fanbase, to say the least. The Rukunbi Ultras, Banija’s only true ultras group, are known for the noise they make, and the alcohol that they consume.

They use smoke and flares to make their home field advantage, at Eastern Stadium, the strongest that the BSL has to offer. Very politically oriented, of course, to the right. While we expect this team to finish mid-table, keep an eye out for the Rukunbi Ultras. They tend to make the news once every few years, and well, who knows what’ll happen? But they will certainly, like Mynda, avoid the conversation of relegation, and that, of course, is always a positive thing.

13. Isipongo Flash.

The Isipongo Flash. They have hired a new manager, Forzu-Denir Ono, out of Qusmo. Forzu-Denir Ono, of course, managed the Vijana Kadongo Kamu at the last Di Bradini Cup, and then the U23 men’s national team at the last Olympics. Forzu-Denir’s story is interesting- the manager is basically persona non grata in their homeland of Qusmo. When Qusmo boycotted the last Olympic Games, they called on every Qusmi to follow, in the spirit of the boycott. And for the record, this magazine went on the record during that Olympiad opposing the boycott by Qusmo, the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, and others. Most unfortunately, the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, Banija, and Qusmo all won the same amount of Olympic medals, even if Banija participated and Qusmo didn’t. So who got the last laugh?

And when Forzu-Denir, very publicly, reiterated their commitment to managing the Banijan men at this Olympiad, the fire caught on back home. The Qusmi press vilified him, though mostly indirectly, and when Forzu-Denir’s contract ran up, the manager went home to find nobody was willing to give an interview. And then, going back to Banija, Forzu-Denir was picked up by the Isipongo Flash. Led by Jayce Howard in the back, and Noah Lamont Hill in the front, this team has a decent group of talent.

They drastically underperformed their talent level last season, finishing in 18th place- a club worst for them. It had to mean their manager would get the axe, and low and behold- their manager was gone, and Forzu-Denir Ono, well respected in Banija for staying with the Banijan job in the face of a boycott from their homeland, has found a home. Getting away from the relegation zone, and back to mid-table, will have to be the priority for the Flash, and we think that they have the ability to do just that.

14. Busukuma Force.

The other capitol side, the Busukuma Force. They finished in 12th last season under Brun Kissinger, a solid finish for the club. They were, of course, just two places behind Busukuma AC, their crosstown rivals. Considering the resources and talent differences between the two clubs, last season might have been their best opportunity to finish ahead of them, and at least temporarily, call themselves the best club in the nation’s capitol. IT was missed, however, and now they will be heading into this upcoming season without that accolade(if it can be called such).

The most interesting talent on this squad, is 18 year old Qusmi midfielder Vanza-Vlont Bel. Vanza-Vlont is the league’s youngest foreign player, and a new signing for the squad. How will Kissinger integrate the youngster onto the team? It is always tough moving countries at such a young age, and his development will be an interesting storyline. Beyond that, they have Fabio Hamamura, one of the ever shrinking generations of Amazonestans that ply their trade within Banija.

Generally a mid-table side since their ascension to the BSL 8 seasons ago, they should expect to stay there. They have enough talent, of course, to avoid the relegation conversation- but that’s essentially it. Like we said, following the development of their young talent, specifically Vanza-Vlont, will likely be the most interesting part of the team’s campaign.

15. Busembe Timberwolves.

And now for the Busembe Timberwolves. Zachary Sols has been an assistant manager on two different Cup of Harmony winning squads- so he’s been at the highest level, albeit as an assistant. Forging his own path now, he takes the Timberwolves in his second season, as they approach a way to try and stay out of the relegation zone.

Mercedinian goalkeeper Edgar Farsal-Smith is on the squad, at just 23 years of age. They have Madhav Oojam, a Busogan international who played in the Cup of Harmony. But the team is pretty thin on talent after that. While they aren’t seriously in that conversation, the inhabitants of the Wolf’s Den could certainly get on that list if things go wrong. We are highly skeptical that would happen though- they should be good enough to avoid relegation, comfortably.

A couple of seasons ago, they had a miracle run to win the RBSA Cup. How far they’ve fallen, eh? Maybe they’ll look to cup play again for their chance at glory.

16. Aissa United Football Club.

Aissa United. A team best known for being a thorn in the side of their archrivals, Jinja City FC. There is no love lost between those two sides, and Gregory Banis, in his 8th season, knows that he has a responsibility- compete against Jinja City, and he’ll be fine. This team is not going to simply be a bore though, trying to avoid relegation- there is some younger talent on this squad, that has the ability to make an impact.

Kawsu Mamela, just 22 years of age, seems like an interesting player to watch. He’s the lone striker at the front of a 5-4-1 formation, that emphasizes possession and defense. How well will he do in that role? Will he be restlessly wandering, or will he, in the formation of Gregory Banis, drop back and defend, fiercely enough, and be willing to do what it takes to stay up? It’s tough for young strikers to play on such a defensively minded team, to built that discipline necessary to be successful there. Ultimately, Aissa United FC has finished last before, and they are a team on this list that, while unlikely to be facing relegation, it is certainly plausible if the ball bounces the right way(or the wrong way, if you’re a fan of this team). We’ll see how Banis can build this team and this job.

17. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club.

One of five teams last season to finish with less than 40 points, this is one of the four teams in the BSL that we truly believe is on relegation watch. You’re talking about a team that just finished with less than 40 points, and yet, Yafet Kahsai is not only back for his 8th season on the bench, but there were almost no notable changes to the roster. That’s not a good combination if you’re trying to avoid last place and relegation down to the regional leagues, and yet, that’s the path that is seemingly going to be attempted by Umbazi Metropolitan SC.

Demetro Laterza, the Juvencus international, is the major reason that we think they can avoid relegation- he is good enough, and scores enough, to likely keep this team out of last place. Not much of an accomplishment to be kept out of last place, to be honest, but certainly better than nothing. We imagine, of course, that his time with the club, if they are spent fighting relegation, is closer to its end than its beginning- and that this will be a frustrating time. Elsewhere, besides Laterza, the roster seems fairly bare. Gutinho is 38, Jon-Mikel is 35, Diop is also 35- not good signs. There’s a lot that needs to be fixed with this team, and maybe something will happen that will give them the kick they need to restart it all.

18. Hawabark Boulders.

The Hawabark Boulders. The first ever promoted team, they survived last season, finishing in 17th place and with 35 points across the course of the season. They will be fighting relegation once again, trying at all costs to avoid going back down to the Southern League. This team, of course, has a lot of exciting talent on it, that means that they could get better as the years go on, we believe.

Khalturin is the X-Factor, once again. The Arioslavian is in his second season for the recently promoted squad, and he spent much of his career playing for Jinja City FC, in UICA matches and title chases and for all of those big marbles. But plenty of other talent surrounding him in the league as well. Ilman Jawara, just 21 years old, is looking like the next big thing at the #9 for Banijans. Giovanni Falco, the goalkeeper from Freeport, is a quality player.

The Boulders, being in only their second season up, will be challenged to avoid the relegation zone. However, we think that they can do it, just by a hair- their defense is just strong enough, in our opinion, to avoid the bottom spot, and therefore, the regional leagues. It will be tough, of course, and it will be a battle- but this magazine believes that they will stay up.

19. Corizova United.

Corizova United. Freshly promoted, winners of the Northwestern League three out of the past four seasons, are finally taking their places in the Banijan Soccer League. IF you think any team is prepared for this, it would be Corizova Untied. They’ve displayed the consistency, winning that regional league three times in four seasons, and winning their first ever Promotion Playoff appearance to get here. But the big leagues are another beast entirely- is Corizova United ready for the challenge?

This team is built for the long haul, even if they play in the league’s smallest stadium, that sits less than 10,000 spectators. Kody Hansen, the league’s youngest player, is on the second season of a loan from the Equestrian States, which is his homeland. If Corizova can stay up, they will have the option to buy him, and they will certainly do so if they have the opportunity. They also signed a 19 year old midfielder from Nephara, Gola Torsaray, trying to spring his own career into action.

Samba Kouyaté has quite a challenge, and opportunity, ahead of him in his second season at the helm. Can he prevent Corizova United from being immediately relegated? It will be a tough task, and the pressure on a team with so many young players playing important roles, is immense. Ultimately, we think that they are good enough to just barely stay up- it will be a tight race, in our belief, all the way to the end. But we think that, when we get to the end, Corizova United will be able to do just enough to stay up in the BSL.

20. Askatasuna Football Club.

And last, but not least- Askatasuna FC. The team finished with the worst goal difference in the league last season, at -54. And yet, they finished 12 points ahead of Dukuma SC, who had a historically bad season on their way down. And now, of course, Dukuma SC is down- leaving nowhere to hide for Askatasuna FC. They’ll need to step it up, break at least the 30 point mark, and figure out a way to reverse the long-term decline that hit their squad ever since they sold Chibuzo Afolayan to AFC Corivstone of Nephara.

They have a trio of new, young teenagers on the squad signed from the youth academy system- can those guys keep it up for this team? There is a lot of pressure at St.Sava Park, as they want to finally climb the table, but many doubt that they can. We believe that, unfortunately, they will finally succumb to the pressure and get relegated this season- though, of course, that’s what we said in last season’s previews as well, and here they are. But the talent on this team simply isn’t good enough, top to bottom, to win with any kind of consistency in this league, and at this level, that will eventually come back to bite.
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Postby Banija » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:58 am

The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Part I


And the season is underway! Kicked off, of course, with the Kabaka's Cup- the defending BSL champions against the defending RBSA Cup champions, so Herzegovina City FC against Jaribga Soccer Club at the Stadium of the Restoration. A small note from the magazine, as well, in regards to the scores. International club competition matches are played midweek. UICA Globe Cup fixtures on Thursdays, AOCL matches are played on Wednesdays, while Vilitan Cove International matches are on Tuesdays. The BSL plays on Saturdays and Sundays. These matches are listed on the matchday they precede. So, for example, the Champions group stage match listed under Matchday 3 happened in the week leading up to Matchday 3, after Matchday 2.

Without further ado!

Kabaka's Cup
Jaribga Soccer Club 3–0 Herzegovina City FC
Jaribga Socccer Club is the Season 9 winner of the Kabaka's Cup

If you thought last season was full of shockers, then that has continued forward. Herzegovina City FC, the defending champions, four time league winners in the last six seasons, against Jaribga Soccer Club- the team that shocked the country with their miracle run through the RBSA Cup last season. You would think, now, coming off of the World Cup, things would return to normalcy, order would be restored in the table- Herzegovina City, at least, reminding everyone why they are the preseason favorites to win the Banijan Soccer League.

That did not happen.

Jaribga Soccer Club stepped up to the plate, and beat Herzegovina City by a score of 3-0. And the crazy thing is, it could have looked worse. Delbin Kasekende looked his age, 38, on a number of shots, as it seemed the captain for club & country couldn't spring off of his feet as he is usually capable of. The team looked lost, and Brian Emerson ripped into them in his post match press conference, saying that the took the match 'for granted', and deserved the result. "You can't play in a cup final like you've already won the match- that's the perfect way to ensure that results like these will happen."

It was the 19 year old attacking midfielder Ismaela Sohna, who ironically is from Herzegovina City, who scored the opener at the Stadium of the Restoration, with a 24th minute free kick. And then, of course, they defended like their lives depended on it. Everyone back in numbers, high intensity, high energy. Tareef el-Salik scored on a counter attack in the 71st minute, and Asmar al-Alli completed the embarrassment by chipping Delbin Kasekende in the 82nd minute. A shocking loss for the champions, and importantly for Jaribga Soccer Club, their second trophy in as many seasons as the regional side once again triumphs over the best that the BSL has to offer. What a coaching job by Ermacora Dinapoli, the manager from Juvencus.

Jinja City FC 1–1 Rukunbi FC
Aissa United FC 2–0 Hawabark Boulders
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Busukuma Force
Lakiska SC 3–0 Hoima Warriors
Istria City FC 0–1 Lwanga Lions
Kitara AA 1–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Bunyoro RSC 1–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Mynda Electra 1–1 Corizova United
Busukuma AC 0–1 Askatasuna FC

And one week after we all reel from the shocking result in the Kabaka's Cup, we come back to league play for the kickoff of the season. Jinja CIty FC and Rukunbi FC were the first game played, on Friday night. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of a sold out crowd at BCEL Stadium. It was Lin Moon who opened the scoring for the BSL, with the first goal of the season 38 minutes into that game. It was long time Rukunbi striker Amanuel Bsrat who equalized from that spot in that one, when he converted a penalty after a 65th minute foul by defender Jio Eyawanifamni. A solid draw.

Elsewhere along the league, some eye popping results. A pair of Super 5 clubs got upset on this day at home. The Lwanga Lions went to Kabonero III Stadium, and beat Istria City by a score of 1-0, thanks to a goal from Samba Singateh. And in even more shocking news, Askatasuna FC went to Busukuma AC and won 1-0, with Martin Lucey scoring the game's only goal in that one. While Herzegovina City FC took care of business, 1-0 at home thanks to Echani midfielder Marcel Roux, it was Lakiska SC who stole the show, opening their campaigning by dispatching the Hoima Warriors by a score of 3-0. Kizza Okafor won man of the match awards for his outstanding performance, as he scored once and assisted twice in the big win for the league's lone Busoga Islander side. What a week 1 it was.

Rukunbi FC 2–0 Askatasuna FC
Corizova United 0–2 Busukuma AC
Isipongo Flash 1–1 Mynda Electra
Busembe Timberwolves 2–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Bunyoro RSC
Lwanga Lions 2–0 Kitara AA
Hoima Warriors 0–0 Istria City FC
Busukuma Force 1–0 Lakiska SC
Hawabark Boulders 0–1 Herzegovina City FC
Jinja City FC 3–1 Aissa United FC

Atlantian Oceania Champions League Group C Matchday 1
Herzegovina City 0-3 La Nueva Avenida(FFD)

We started this week with the AOCL, and Herzegovina City FC hosted La Nueva Avenida, of Farfadillis. While the crowd at Star Field was all in for the match, Herzegovina City FC could not hold off the dogs, as La Nueva Avenida easily dispatched of the Season 8 champions, by a score of 3-0. They responded well on the weekend, however, when they came back and followed that up by grinding out a 1-0 win in Hawabark, with Rosie Tyler providing the late goal in the 72nd minute. Elsewhere in the league, the Hoima Warriors and Istria City FC, two Super 5 sides with disappointing week 1s, played each other to a relatively pedestrian 0-0 draw.

What else went on? Well, Busukuma AC recovered from its quite shocking opening day loss to travel to Corizova United and win, 2-0, over the freshly promoted small town side. Alex Sandoval scored in the 33rd minute, while Girma Asmelash, the former national team player, scored in the 53rd minute, to give the capitol side a 2-0 victory away from home. And then, of course, Jinja City FC renewed their rivalry with Aissa United FC in the Sunday nightcap. Jinja City FC showed itself to be the superior side on the day, however, going out ahead 3-0 by halftime en route to a relatively routine 3-1 victory.

Another big game, even if it was not between Super 5 sides, was between the Herzegovina Phoenix and Bunyoro RSC. Two teams that are looking to break into the Super 5, and have both broken into the top four in recent seasons. The two teams battled closely, but it was the Phoennix who prevailed. Corvid Alemane was able to score out of the chaos of a corner kick in the 68th minute, and that was the game's lone goal as Jehan Blair's side came out winners over last season's league runner-ups.

Aissa United FC 3–2 Rukunbi FC
Herzegovina City FC 0–4 Jinja City FC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Istria City FC 1–1 Busukuma Force
Kitara AA 3–1 Hoima Warriors
Bunyoro RSC 1–1 Lwanga Lions
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 3–3 Herzegovina Phoenix

Mynda Electra 0–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Busukuma AC 0–3 Isipongo Flash
Askatasuna FC 1–1 Corizova United
UICA Champions Cup Group A Matchday 1
Herzegovina City 3-0 Nacional(VLD)

Herzegovina CIty FC, for the second straight week, was playing host in an international match- except this time, it was the UICA Champions Cup, as opposed to the AOCL. Herzegovina City FC, hosts of the Valladares side, dominated the proceedings on the night, winning 3-0 at Star Field. Christos Tsiavis scored twice, and Rosie Tyler scored once, as the defending champions kept a clean sheet as they continued their second ever UICA Champions Cup group stage campaign. Playing early in the week, however, especially multiple weeks in a row, can wear a team down.

The highlight of the week had to be the Saturday early afternoon game- Jinja City FC against Herzegovina CIty FC. Was Herzegovina City ragged and tired? Maybe. But what a shocking result at Star Field- a 4-0 win for Alexander Bumba's side, a domination so thorough and unexpected to cause almost a firestorm in the BSL corner of twii.tur. This game had to be the coming out party, at least the BSL coming out party, of the Qusmo national team's all-time leading scorer, Xilit-Zaxac Yol. He scored a hat trick, converting a penalty in the 25th, and two goals in the run of play in the 51st and 82nd, to stun the home crowd. What a message that sent- is that Jinja City announcing they're ready for the title race this year?

What else happened around the league? Istria City drew with the Busukuma Force, at home, by a score of 1-1. Assefa Yitebarke had to rescue the point with a terribly late goal on their home field. The Hoima Warriors went to Kitara AA, and lost by a score of 3-1, surprising many observers. What's more BSL than the Warriors underperforming their talent level? And Busukuma AC, once again surprisingly falling at home to a much worse squad on paper, as the Isipongo Flash won 3-0 in the nation's capitol. Not a good start for a team that finished in a team worst 10th place last season, as the pressure is now going to start to build on Ferran Rey to right this ship.

Rukunbi FC 2–1 Corizova United
Isipongo Flash 1–0 Askatasuna FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–0 Busukuma AC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Mynda Electra
Lwanga Lions 2–4 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Hoima Warriors 2–0 Bunyoro RSC
Busukuma Force 0–0 Kitara AA
Hawabark Boulders 1–4 Istria City FC
Jinja City FC 2–2 Lakiska SC
Aissa United FC 1–2 Herzegovina City FC

On this matchday, Busukuma AC fell again, travelling to the neighboring province of Kitara and playing a team in their suburbs, Busembe. The Timberwolves, of course, defeated them 1-0, and are quietly putting together a nice run of games, earning 10 points from their first four games this season. This is their third straight victory, and their third straight clean sheet, with 270 minutes in a row without conceding. Edgar Farsal-Smith has had himself quite a beginning to this season, with 5 saves against Bunyoro RSC in the opener, then 4 in week 2, 4 more in week 3, and 7 today against the capitol side. Kasekende has dominated the golden glove award for years- but is a challenger finally emerging?

The Hoima Warriors rounded back into form today, as they played their best match of the season so far in a tough 2-0 win over Bunyoro RSC. Equestrian winger Josef Lawerenz scored a goal in the first half, while Qusmi winger Ozolx-Mazur Guv struck home on a beautiful volley in the second half to give the home side their first win of the season. Istria City FC had a big time away win in Hawabark, defeating the Boulders 4-1 on their home field. And, last but certainly not least, Jinja City FC and Lakiska SC, in the Sunday nightcap, played out a 2-2 draw. What a game that was- from Malachi Gallagher scoring from 25 yards, to Ousman Babaja shocking everyone and scoring what might have been the goal of the season on a bicycle kick, a thriller between two teams that want to contend for the UICA.

Herzegovina City FC 2–1 Rukunbi FC
Lakiska SC 3–0 Aissa United FC
Istria City FC 1–1 Jinja City FC
Kitara AA 3–1 Hawabark Boulders
Bunyoro RSC 2–1 Busukuma Force
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 3–0 Hoima Warriors
Mynda Electra 1–2 Lwanga Lions
Busukuma AC 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Askatasuna FC 1–3 Busembe Timberwolves
Corizova United 3–1 Isipongo Flash

Herzegovina City opened the week with a 2-1 close, tight victory over Rukunbi FC. Those 1 goal victories, fo course, are what champions are made out of. You don't just plow through your league, destroying everyone- but grinding out 1-0 and 2-1 victories, when teams are sitting back because of your stature, that is how you can be a champion, and Herzegovina City FC have mastered that trait under their Cosumarite manager Brian Emerson. Elsewhere, the Hoima Warriors, after picking up for a little bit, got throttled by Umbazi Metropolitan SC, losing by a score of 3-0. And Busukuma AC dropped their third in a row, losing 1-0 to the Herzegovina Phoenix. The Timberwolves won their fourth in a row, as their clean sheet streak ended but they still ended up 3-1 victors.

The game of the week, however, was Istria City FC playing host to Jinja City FC. The two sides, who many think are the main challengers for Herzegovina City FC's crown. They battled in what was a very physical game- quite a few fouls were called on both sides. Torvald Royle was the goalscorer on the day for the Istria City side, scoring in the 58th minute to give them a 1-0 lead. But Alexander Bumba's side wanted to achieve yet another point away from home against a Super 5 side, adn they did so, when Jalang Ba equalized with a header in the 89th minute. Elsewhere around the league, Lakiska SC easily dispatched of Aissa United by a score of 3-0, and Corizova United winning the nightcap.

Rukunbi FC 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Busembe Timberwolves 2–0 Corizova United
Herzegovina Phoenix 4–0 Askatasuna FC
Lwanga Lions 2–2 Busukuma AC
Hoima Warriors 0–0 Mynda Electra

Busukuma Force 0–2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Hawabark Boulders 0–1 Bunyoro RSC
Jinja City FC 2–3 Kitara AA
Aissa United FC 2–5 Istria City FC
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Lakiska SC
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Group C Matchday 2
La Nueva Avenida(FFD) 4-3 Herzegovina City

And with week 6, back to international play- Herzegovina City FC back in the AOCL group stages. They were beaten pretty bad by this squad a couple of weeks ago on their home field, and they would once again have the opportunity to play against this squad. They travelled to Farfadillis, and played an absolute thriller. While La Nueva went up 2-0 inside 25 minutes, Brian Emerson's squad fought back, with Marcel Roux scoring to make it 2-1, and Harald Fireblade equalizing right before the halftime whistle to make the score 2-2. It was then Brotzmann who made it 3-2 with a stunning, curling shot from about 25 yards out, and the unthinkable crossed their minds- could this upset be pulled off? It was not to be, as the hosts scored in the 81st and 85th minute to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Still, considering their last result against this squad, Brian Emerson said that they were 'unlucky' not to get a result, and that this performance could certainly serve as a confidence builder in this tournament and beyond.

The Busembe Timberwolves, at this point league leaders, won their fifth game in a row, and their fourth shutout during that streak, by defeating the newly promoted Corizova United by a score of 2-0. Neil Richards, the Baker Park striker picked up as a free transfer during the window, scored his third goal of the young season on this day, while it would be 21 year old Boto Mboge who would score the other goal. While they've yet to play any of the big boys yet, still a great start to the season.

Both Busukuma AC and the Hoima Warriors were held to draws in their games, though Busukuma AC stopped the bleedin g a little bit from a 3 game losing streak. They have as many points(4) as losses(4) on the season so far, and that's not a good thing to be saying six games into the season. The pressure is building, but they do have the talent to avoid a sort of run like this one for an extended period of time. Still, the pressure will continue to build on Ferran Rey. And, of course, in the nightcap, it was Herzegovina City FC who would be victors, again by a lone goal, in a tough matchup with Lakiska SC.

Lakiska SC 0–0 Rukunbi FC
Istria City FC 1–3 Herzegovina City FC
Kitara AA 1–0 Aissa United FC
Bunyoro RSC 1–1 Jinja City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–4 Hawabark Boulders
Mynda Electra 2–0 Busukuma Force
Busukuma AC 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Askatasuna FC 1–0 Lwanga Lions
Corizova United 0–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Isipongo Flash 2–0 Busembe Timberwolves
UICA Champions League Group A Matchday 2
Nacional(VLD) 1-1 Herzegovina City

And another UICA Champions Cup matchup- Herzegovina City FC travelling to Valladares, to play against Nacional. They won the first matchup, at Star Field- how would they follow it up? They went away from home, and were able to play out a 1-1 draw against that talented Valladares squad. IT would be Christos Tsiavis who would score the lone goal for the visitors, assisted on a cross by Felix Millar- who, it should be said, has fit very well into what is turning out to be an excellent Herzegovina City FC defense. An interesting thing to follow with the UICA matchups, however, are Banija's place in the standings. The BSL entered the season just a few points off from a second Champions Cup spot- and some good results from Herzegovina City FC, plus a few slip ups elsewhere, will put the BSL on a solid path towards that coveted top 32 UICA ranking, and a second Champions Cup berth. We'll keep track of that as their UICA campaign continues.

Coming back to the league, there was more fun in a Super 5 matchup, when the Hoima Warriors paid a visit to Busukuma AC. The two rivals played out a fierce battle- but it would be Ozolx-Mazur Guv, the Qusmi winger, who would be the difference on the night. A 75th minute minute strike from about 6 yards out put the visitors up, 1-0, away from home, and they were able to hold on as Busukuma AC, dropped points, again, at home. A disappointing start to the season so far- five losses already for the Season 7 champions. And with the Capitol City derby upcoming, the pressure will only be ramping up.

There was another super 5 matchup as well, as Istria City FC played host to Herzegovina City FC. And, per usual, it would be Herzegovina City FC who would be able to come away with three points. Brian Emerson's side sometimes just seem like a well-oiled machine, and that they were on this day. After going down 1-0 at halftime, a trio of goals in the 15 minutes after the break slammed the door against their southern rivals. Marcel Roux, Lucas Lucius Vit, and Rosie Tyler all scored to give them a 3-1 away victory. Elsewhere, Jinja City FC drew Bunyoro RSC in yet another big time matchup on the same weekend, 1-1. Lakiska SC, for their part, drew 0-0, while the Timberwolves finally lost, falling to the Flash, 2-0.

Rukunbi FC 0–5 Busembe Timberwolves
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Lwanga Lions 0–1 Corizova United
Hoima Warriors 2–0 Askatasuna FC
Busukuma Force 1–0 Busukuma AC
Hawabark Boulders 2–0 Mynda Electra
Jinja City FC 3–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Aissa United FC 2–2 Bunyoro RSC
Herzegovina City FC 0–1 Kitara AA
Lakiska SC 3–3 Istria City FC
Cygnus Cup Winners Cup First Round

Maal Angels(MRN) 1-2 Jaribga Soccer Club

What a big weekend! This one will have to start with Jaribga Soccer Club, the regional league side, taking on the Maal Angels of Mriin in the first round of that tournament. The first leg of the tie, the away leg, was in Maal, Mriin, the biggest city in Mriin. And Jaribga Soccer Club continued their incredible story by actually upsetting the heavily favored Maal Angels, by a score of 2-1. They won the RBSA Cup last season, the Kabaka's Cup this season- and a win even in the Cup Winners Cup? What a run this side has been having.

And in the league, there was some interesting results. Bunyoro RSC could not solve AIssa United, as even though Reden Omar scored twice, Aissa United responded quickly to both of his goals to hold Bunyoro RSC to a single point, rather than earning all three. It was Herzegovina City FC, against a quality Kitara AA side, who fell at Star Field for the second time this season, by a score of 1-0. And the Timberwolves, league leaders, responded to their loss to Isipongo last week with a 5-0 thrashing of Rukunbi FC at Eastern Stadium. Zachary Sols has his side playing at a peak level right now. And we can't forget the Sunday nightcap- Lakiska SC hosting Istria City FC.

It was a six goal thriller between the pair of talented sides. Not much to separate the two, there was goals galore in this one, and it would be the 90th minute equalizer by Ousman Babaja that sent the home fans into ecstasy. But the biggest story of the weekend, was the capitol city derby. While the Busukuma Force only won 1-0, it could have easily been three or four- their finishing was not on par. From start to finish, Busukuma AC was sluggish, looked uninterested, and frankly, dispassionate .

It was enough for the capitol side to make a change. After finishing a league worst 10th last season, they now find themselves in dead last- with just 4 points earned over their first 8 games. And the chairman has had enough. An announcement was made soon after the derby that Ferran Rey, the Juvencus manager, had been fired, effective immediately, part of the way through his fourth season at the helm. He, of course, made the UICA Globe Cup in his first season, and in his second season, won the league in Season 7. But they tumbled down the table to 10th last season, and then now in last- unacceptable at a club of this stature, regardless of him being the first coach in team history to bring home a national league title.

Busukuma AC, of course, will be scouring the market quickly to find an interim manager to right the ship. They'll look at home, they'll look abroad- but we imagine, at the end of this season, a lot of heads will roll.

League Standings after Matchday 8
Banijan Soccer League         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Busembe Timberwolves 8 6 1 1 15 4 +11 19
2 Kitara AA 8 6 1 1 12 6 +6 19
3 Herzegovina City FC 8 6 0 2 10 8 +2 18
4 Herzegovina Phoenix 8 4 3 1 10 4 +6 15
5 Jinja City FC 8 3 4 1 17 9 +8 13
6 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 8 4 1 3 13 14 −1 13
7 Lakiska SC 8 3 3 2 12 7 +5 12
8 Lwanga Lions 8 3 2 3 10 10 0 11
9 Rukunbi FC 8 3 2 3 9 12 −3 11
10 Hoima Warriors 8 3 2 3 6 9 −3 11
11 Istria City FC 8 2 4 2 15 12 +3 10
12 Isipongo Flash 8 3 1 4 8 7 +1 10
13 Bunyoro RSC 8 2 4 2 8 9 −1 10
14 Corizova United 8 2 3 3 7 9 −2 9
15 Busukuma Force 8 2 2 4 4 8 −4 8
16 Mynda Electra 8 1 4 3 5 7 −2 7
17 Aissa United FC 8 2 1 5 11 18 −7 7
18 Askatasuna FC 8 2 1 5 4 13 −9 7
19 Hawabark Boulders 8 2 0 6 8 12 −4 6
20 Busukuma AC 8 1 1 6 4 10 −6 4

Four Reactions

We're going to give you our four hot takes on the first part of the season- and let you know whether these are legitimate reactions, or overreactions.

1. The Busembe Timberwolves are capable of winning the league. Status- Overreaction

Now, of course, before all the Timberwolves fans get up in arms for what we’re about to write, we will say this- credit must be given where credit is due for the Timberwolves strong start. We certainly didn’t think them capable of a 6-1-1 start- and that was shown in the preview, when we picked the team managed by Zachary Sols to finish in 15th place. On paper, their talent doesn’t’ look that strong outside of net, and going into the season, there was not much buzz around the team, at all.

That said, the Timberwolves have what they have set out to do. Their only major blemish was a 2-0 away loss to the Isipongo Flash in Week 7- otherwise, they’ve had an excellent run to start the season. They pulled off five wins in a row between weeks 2 and 6, which has vaulted them up the table. They’ve had excellent play in the back, and stellar goalkeeping from Edgar Farsal-Smith, the Mercedinian goalkeeper. But why aren’t we believers? Why are we saying, out of hand, that the Timberwolves, despite their hot start, can’t win the league?

The answer is simple- they haven’t played anybody yet. They did earn a point in their week 1 opening 1-1 draw with Bunyoro RSC. And, of course, they beat Busukuma AC in week 4- but they are famously going through their own horrific struggles at the moment. They haven’t played Hoima, they haven’t played Herzegovina City, they haven’t played Jinja City, and they haven’t played Istria City or Lakiska SC. Not to take away from what they’ve accomplished- they’ve put together an impressive string of games so far. But any true title contenders? Nope. You can only play the games on your schedule, of course. But as those big games come up, we’ll see if this is just a nice start on its own, or whether it’s the start of something bigger for the Timberwolves.

2. Ferran Rey had to be fired. Status- Correct

Now, of course, there’s probably a lot of blame to go around for the meltdown at the big club in the nation’s capitol. But it was clear- losing rivalry games back to back, including to the Busukuma Force in week 8 to go into dead last in the table, ensured that the club’s board had no choice- Ferran Rey had to be fired. And you know, the surprising part about all this is how high his star was rising in Banijan ciricles before last season.

He started in Season 6 with Busukuma AC, where he was able to guide the team to a UICA Globe Cup berth, which is always an accomplishment. Then, of course, he moved the next step up as his side dethroned Herzegovina City FC and won the Banijan Soccer League. But then, of course, it all fell apart. There was a historic amount of parity last season, but Busukuma AC finished all the way in 10th- the worst finish they’ve had since the formation of the BSL. That’s when Ferran Rey went onto the hot seat, and this season has, seemingly, been worse. With the derby loss, and their only victory away to Corizova United, a change had to be made- and it will be.

Who will they hire as caretaker? They will be searching around, but a decision must be made quickly- as games do not wait. They will likely cast their net far and wide, and while one of the assistants will coach for week 9, they will want an interim manager in place to steady the tide for the remainder of the season. Will they follow the Lakiska SC example, and fish their nets abroad? Who knows? But it’s the first decision they must get right in a series of important decisions that they must make.

3. Kitara AA has a legitimate opportunity to earn a UICA berth. Status- Correct

While The Busembe Timberwolves have been getting all the attention, there are other clubs that are in surprising spots- though not as surprising as they would seem. But, of course, we must talk about the Kitara Athletic Association. Slowly rising up the table the past couple of seasons, they have made plays at UICA berths, and fallen short- having never participated in UICA competition. But have they arrived? It seems as if the talent, under second year and former Kabakono City manager Alan Bettles, is finally rounding into form.

Jackson Oglobelo, the Abajan attacking midfielder who spent a number of seasons at Herzegovina City FC under the tutelage of Brian Emerson, has made the switch to Kitara AA. Nick Haller, their left winger, played in World Cup 82 for the Commonwealth of Baker Park. And Ikshu Amitabh, their #9, was a starter on the Busoga Islander Cup of Harmony squad. Was Oglobelo the missing piece- they needed a lethal attacking midfielder? Regardless, they’ve put together quite a season, keeping pace with the Busembe Timberwolves, as they are also 6-1-1, but with a much tougher schedule so far. They’ve grinded out wins against the Herzegovina Phoenix, Hoima Warriors, and even away to both Jinja City and Herzegovina City FC. They’ve taken a perfect 9 points out of 9 possible against the Super 5 clubs that they’ve played so far, including two wins away from home. That’s some big time play in big games, and that shows that they are certainly capable of asserting themselves in the league, making noise, and maybe finally getting that UICA berth they’ve almost gotten for the last couple of years- or, of course, maybe it means that they can get more.

It will be a challenge for Alan Bettles- can he keep the squad playing at the level that it is playing at right now? The toughest part for the smaller clubs is maintaining consistency. It’s one thing to get up for the big games, but to be successful in league play, you have to work at it night in, night out. If they can continue to win those games they’re supposed to win, and keep focus and get up for all opponents, not just the big name ones, then they’ll be a legitimate contender for much more than a UICA berth- they’ll be a contender for the trophy.

4. Hoima Warriors won't be making the UICA. Status- Overreaction.

The Hoima Warriors are notorious for their slow starts, that have been at the beginning of all of their disappointing campaigns. In Season 5, after 8 games, they were in 3rd place- though, of course, that didn’t mean much for the big club’s campaign, as they failed to qualify for UICA competition. But in Season 6, they were in 11th after 8 games. In Season 7, they were in 10th after 8 games. In Season 8, they were in 10th after 8 games. And this season? Well, they were in 10th again after 8 games. They keep getting off the blocks slow, and getting behind early, builds the mental pressure on this squad. Even now, there are rumors that Ozalv-Mazur, their Qusmi winger, wants out unless the Warriors make the climb back up the table.

It is hard to make that climb- though of course, it’s been barely a fifth of the season. But we say this is an overreaction simply because there is a lot of time for the season to play out. And there have been some encouraging results for Mark Grayson’s side- specifically, a 2-0 win against Bunyoro RSC. They’ve had their fair share of ugly losses so far as well, especially their opening day loss to Lakiska SC by a score of 3-0. But hey- the season is still extremely young. You can’t write off a team like this just yet, even if their recently is almost exclusively bottling their opportunities to make the UICA. Way too early to make a verdict on this one.

RBSA Cup Round of 32

RBSA Cup Round of 32
Kitara AA 5–5 Askatasuna FC (6–5 AET)
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Aissa United FC
Rukunbi FC 4–0 AFC Akwadua
Capitol City FC 2–3 Dukuma SC
Tripoli Foresters 1–0 Kitara Athletic Society
Ogbordu Diamond FC 0–2 Herzegovina City FC
Hawabark Boulders 4–1 Byakado City
Dodoma City SC 4–4 Busukuma Force (5–4 AET)
Mynda Electra 2–3 Corizova United
Igulu City FC 4–2 Lwanga Lions
Busukuma AC 3–3 Jinja City FC (3–3 AET) (8–7 pen.)
Bunyoro RSC 7–0 Umbazi FA
Istria City FC 2–3 Lakiska SC
Jaribga Soccer Club 1–3 Hoima Warriors
Isipongo Flash 4–0 Sororo City
Busembe Timberwolves 1–2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC

And now, of course, time for the entry of the BSL sides to the RBSA Cup. Since the 12 sides from the regional leagues have made it out, we enter the BSL sides, and have had some interesting results in the cup.

Of course, league leaders Busembe opened the tournament, won that they won a few years back, against Umbazi Metropolitan SC at home- and were promptly eliminated from the RBSA Cup, as two first half goals from Juvencus international Demetro Laterza were enough to eliminate the league leaders. ON that night, the Isipongo Flash were able to see off Sororo City easily, though they might want to thank the randomizers for that matchup, getting to play a regional league side. A relatively easy 4-0 win that would surprise nobody.

What were the other relatively routine wins? Brian Emerson’s side started their march towards the RBSA Cup with a 2-0 away victory over Ogbordu Diamond, another regional league side. It would be Christos Tsiavis and Harald Fireblade who would be providing the goals on the day for the defending league champions. In an all-regional league matchup, the Tripoli Foresters beat Kitara Athletic Society by a score of 1-0, while we also saw Dukuma SC knock out Capitol City FC, Rukunbi FC knock out AFC Akwadua, and the Phoenix play out a 1-0 home victory in the cup over Aissa United.

Then, of course, we get to the more notable results- the entertaining games, and the big stories. The first two we’ll talk about, is Jaribga Soccer Club’s elimination. An incredible run of games they’ve been having- last season’s RBSA Cup run, winning the Kabaka’s Cup this season, and even winning the first leg of their first round matchup in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. While them losing to the Hoima Warriors is not a surprise, just a testament to the stretch of knockout games they’ve played dating back to last season, and how they’ve come through. Another one was Bunyoro RSC’s embarrassment of Umbazi FA, by a score of 7-0. Adam Jeffreys side had no mercy for the lower league squad, as they started scoring and could not stop. Reden Omar had a hat trick, while four others each contributed one. An entertaining one if you’re a Bunyoro RSC fan, quite a way to put yourselves into the Round of 16.

And now, of course, for the upsets. First, Igulu City FC, a team that was riding a dominant, for lack of a better term, run in the first two rounds of this tournament continued that stretch, as they lit up the Lwanga Lions for four goals in a 4-2 victory over the BSL side. A big time upset in a high scoring game, and Igulu City fans celebrated well into the net. Beyond that, Corizova United was able to, unexpectedly, eliminate Mynda Electra by a score of 3-2 away from home. Not many people expected that one, as they continued their pleasant start to the season in the league.

Last, but not least, we get to our best games of the weekend. Lakiska SC and Istria City FC played an end to end thriller. Yitebarke opened the scoring in the 22nd minute at Kabonero III Stadium, but it was Ousman Babaja’s quick response who leveled the game at 1. Jermaine Poole scored after halftime to give Istria City the lead again, by a score of 2-1, but it was Joseph Williamson who would level the game. Kizza Okafor scored the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute, as he curled a free kick for the visitors. Not the only entertaining one with the Super 5- it was Busukuma AC and Jinja City FC, who played a 3-3 thriller, that was only decided in penalties- and even that one went all the way to the goalkeepers. Ivan Ignatiev hit his penalty, while Corren Dankworth skied his shot, and the capitol side advanced. Still on the lookout for an interim manager, not a bad game at all.

The two really entertaining ones, however, took place outside of the nation’s capitol. Dodoma City SC and Busukuma Force played a 4-4 thriller, which featured a massive comeback. Dodoma City SC was up 4-1 50 minutes into the match, with the fourth goal being a penalty kick from their captain, Alfred Cooper. But the BSL side roared back into the match. Vanza-Vlont Bel scored in the 54th, and in the 67th, a cross from Vanza-Vlont found the head of Mateo Keepton, to make the score 4-3. An 82nd minute header by Obi Newada made it 4-4, and forced extra time. It was Dodoma City who would prevail, however, as handball in the box by Kemo Jobe gave Dodoma City a penalty, which they converted. And then, an even crazier match in Sisonke happened, where Kitara AA and Askatasuna FC, both at opposite ends of the table, played a 5-5 thriller. Goals galore- purists should avert their eyes, but everyone else marveled at the entertainment value of the game. Nick Haller, from Baker Park, separated the sides in the 117th minute with a powerful strike, that sent Kitara AA to the next round.

What a thrilling round of RBSA Cup. Until next time.

Other News
- The controlling owner of the Busembe Timberwolves, Adam Bosanga, died in his sleep of a heart attack just before publication of this edition of the magazine. He was 91 years old when he passed away, and was the founding owner of the Busembe Timberwolves, with his investment being one of the primary reasons Busembe was awarded an expansion team in Season 2, when the then PSL rebranded to the Banijan Soccer League, and expanded from 16 teams to 20 teams. The Timberwolves are the only Banijan squad to have not participated in the regional league system before the establishment of the national league.

His widow, Alexis Bosanga, 85 years old, has inherited the team and all of their assets- specifically, the Busembe Timberwolves and their stadium, The Wolf's Den. While nothing has been confirmed, rumor has it that she is 'not interested in owning and operating the BSL side on her own', and that Alexis Bosanga has hired a financial advisory firm to help her sell the team. As the story was just breaking, of course, details could not be confirmed- this magazine can guarantee to have a more thorough update on this situation in our next edition.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Part II


And now, of course, we're two-fifths of the way through the BSL season! The best place to follow the Banijan Soccer League, of course, is via the All-Banija Sports Magazine. We'll provide all the instant, best, and most thorough of what is going on in the league, and all the developments that you, as a fan, would want to follow.

Without further ado!

Istria City FC 4–0 Rukunbi FC
Kitara AA 1–0 Lakiska SC
Bunyoro RSC 3–6 Herzegovina City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Aissa United FC
Mynda Electra 2–2 Jinja City FC
Busukuma AC 2–0 Hawabark Boulders
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Busukuma Force
Corizova United 1–2 Hoima Warriors
Isipongo Flash 2–1 Lwanga Lions
Busembe Timberwolves 2–1 Herzegovina Phoenix

Matchday 9 started with big news- Brelk-Avarn Saf, out of Qusmo, has been hired as the caretaker manager for Busukuma AC for the remainder of Season 9. Brelk-Avarn has gone through a number of ups and downs in the Pug Qusmyra, from a stunning promotion to a shocking fifth place finish, to a quarterfinal appearance in the Serie B Champions Cup, but most recently, with a rather surprising relegation. Qusmi managers have a history of making an impact in this league, with comparisons being made to Winad-Lenpi Xlo rescuing Lakiska SC from relegation back in Season 7. Brelk-Avarn will first take charge in Matchday 10.

THe weekend started with an always ferocious Istria derby- though it was only one side who were clinical on this day. Assefa Yitebarke scored twice in the first half to lead Istria City FC to an easy 4-0 win over their crosstown rivals. Busukuma AC, playing in front of Brelk-Avarn, who was watching in the stands next to ownership, won for the first time in a while, winning 2-0 over the Hawabark Boulders. Jinja City FC dropped points away to Mynda Electra, as a pair of stunning stoppage time goals from Idi Singhateh(90+1) and Abdoulaye Ouattara(90+7) allowed the Mynda side to earn a point at home. The Hoima Warriors won away from home, and the Busembe TImberwolves maintained their league lead by winning the night cap at the Wolf's Den against the Herzegovina Phoenix.

Another big one was the tight Kitara AA victory over Lakiska SC. A close, 1-0, hard fought battle, with the lone goal by former Herzegovina City attacking midfielder Jackson Oglobelo, allowed Kitara AA to pick up all three points. But the most entertaining one of the weekend, was Herzegovina City's visit to Bunyoro RSC. A 9 goal thriller saw Bunyoro RSC starlet Reden Omar pick up a hat trick, but get out done by Brian Emerson's side, as Christos Tsiavis had a brace while Rosie Tyler, Marcel Roux, Lucas Lucius Vit, and Harald Fireblade all netted once in their 6-3 victory. It was impossible to dislike that one- unless, of course, you're a Bunyoro RSC fan.

Rukunbi FC 0–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Lwanga Lions 1–3 Busembe Timberwolves
Hoima Warriors 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Busukuma Force 1–1 Corizova United
Hawabark Boulders 3–0 Askatasuna FC
Jinja City FC 2–1 Busukuma AC
Aissa United FC 0–2 Mynda Electra
Herzegovina City FC 1–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Lakiska SC 0–2 Bunyoro RSC
Istria City FC 1–1 Kitara AA
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Group C Matchday 3
Yuba United(COM) 0-1 Herzegovina City
First Round of Cygnus Cup Winners Cup Second Leg
Jaribga Soccer Club 1-0 Maal Angels(MRN) (Jaribga Soccer Club advances to second round 3-1 on aggregate)

And now, of course, to start with the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. Herzegovina City FC earned a tough 1-0 victory away from home in the tournament, to notch their first victory of the AOCL campaign. They played stout defense against the favored side, and it was Denis Brotzmann who scored the lone goal, sliding to finish a volley in the 63rd minute on a beautiful cross from Felix Millar, the left back. And elsewhere in international play, in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, Jaribga Soccer Club continued their historic run by defeating the Maal Angels in the second leg, 1-0 at home, and advancing to the next round of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. An incredible management job by Ermacora Dinapoli, of course, to get this far.

And now, of course, back to the league. There was a Super 5 matchup this week, and a baptism by fire for the new manager of Busukuma AC, Brelk-Avarn Saf. Paying a visit, of course, to Jinja City FC. Busukuma AC played fairly well, for only having this manager for a week, but fell, 2-1. It was Qusmi compatriot Xilit-Zaxac Yol who spoiled the manager's debut, by netting twice in the victory. Elsewhere around the league, the Timberwolves, incredibly, are still maintaining their top spot, this time with a 3-1 away victory over the Lwanga Lions. Zachary Sols has his team in prime form, as players like Edgar Farsal-Smith and Madhav Oojam have all kinds of form right now.

The Hoima Warriors won again, this time with a tight 1-0 victory over the Isipongo Flash at home. Bunyoro RSC recovered from their wild loss by winning 2-0 in Lakiska. Herzegovina City could not come down from such an exciting win- and of course, followed that up with a midweek visit to Yuba United where they earned a draining 1-0 away victory. Many thought they would have tired legs, and it showed, as they were extremely sluggish against Umbazi Metropolitan SC, dropping two points at home. They were lucky to get the point that they got- a foolish handball by Clarice Easter gave the hosts a penalty. In the nightcap, Kitara AA went to Kabonero III, and played Istria City tightly and stoutly, and earned a point in a 1-1 draw in this country's largest city.

Kitara AA 0–1 Rukunbi FC
Bunyoro RSC 0–1 Istria City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–2 Lakiska SC
Mynda Electra 0–1 Herzegovina City FC
Busukuma AC 1–0 Aissa United FC
Askatasuna FC 1–4 Jinja City FC
Corizova United 3–5 Hawabark Boulders
Isipongo Flash 0–2 Busukuma Force
Busembe Timberwolves 0–3 Hoima Warriors
Herzegovina Phoenix 4–0 Lwanga Lions
UICA Champions Cup Group A Matchday 3
Herzegovina City 1-2 Holdenburg(EUR)

Once again, to start with international play- the UICA Champions Cup. Herzegovina City FC played at home against HOldenburg, of Eura, and the result was a 2-1 loss. Holdenburg was clearly the better side on the day- they come from a far superior league, and that is to be expected. Herzegovina City held their own, however, against the stronger opposition, and made it clear that they wouldn't simply roll over for a team like Holdenburg.

Now, of course, to the league. The biggest result of the weekend had to be what happened at the Wolf's Den. The Timberwolves have been in such good form, playing so well- until running into Mark Grayson's Hoima Warriors. They've put a nice little run of games together, winning 6 in a row in all competitions, 5 of them in the league. But this was not just a win, away to the league leaders- it was a butchering. Mark Grayson's side seems to be finally hitting their groove under the Nepharim manager, with Josef Lawerenz scoring once, and assisting Chizoba Emenanjo, the Cobrio international. Marbue Owusu struck beautifully on a free kick for the third goal, amid a dominating performance for the Warriors. All of a sudden, the Warriors are one of the league's hottest sides.

Jinja City FC won again, albeit unsurprisingly, with a 4-1 victory at St. Sava Park. Herzegovina City FC recovered from their UICA CHampions Cup game when they won, 1-0, away to Mynda Electra. Istria City FC also won 1-0 away from home, though they earned their three points against Bunyoro RSC. Lakiska SC got back to their winning ways, winning 2-0 away from home to earn all three points on the day. A day that sees table shuffling, an entertaining matchday for the casual.

Rukunbi FC 0–0 Lwanga Lions
Hoima Warriors 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Busukuma Force 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Hawabark Boulders 0–0 Isipongo Flash
Jinja City FC 3–1 Corizova United
Aissa United FC 1–1 Askatasuna FC
Herzegovina City FC 2–1 Busukuma AC
Lakiska SC 0–0 Mynda Electra
Istria City FC 5–2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Kitara AA 4–0 Bunyoro RSC
Second Round of Cygnus Cup Winners Cup First Leg
Mar Sara FC(VAL) 0-0 Jaribga Soccer Club

And back to the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. The First Leg of the Round of 16- Jaribga Soccer Club paying a visit just across the sea, to Valanora, to Mar Sara FC. And, in what has to be an absolutely stunning result, Jaribga Soccer Club parking the bus actually worked against their much stronger opponents- they held the hosts to a 0-0 draw. What a result- could the unthinkable happen? We surely won't say it at this magazine, but the Busoga Islander side pulled off a string of miracles just to get to this point- the slipper, clearly, still fits, with everything to play for in the home leg upcoming, and the tie in the balance.

Elsewhere, Herzegovina City gave Busukuma AC another tough loss, with the defending champions win 2-1 at Star Field. NOt an easy task against Busukuma AC- even if they have a new manager. Harald Fireblade scored the opener, and it was Lazlo Kearney who rose above everybody on a corner for the second goal, which proved decisive. Other teams towards the top of the table had big wins. Kitara AA had a 4-0 win over Bunyoro RSC, moving Alan Bettles side further up the table, while Istria City FC won 5-2 at home over Umbazi Metropolitan SC, another solid win on Sunday.

The Warriors 6 match win streak finally went cold, on their home field of all places, when they fell to the Phoenix by a score of 1-0. Jinja City FC was able to cruise at home against Corizova United, winning by a score of 3-1. Lin Moon, who has been at the club for quite a while, the former Chromatika international, scored twice in a vintage performance for the veteran striker. And in perhaps a result that would surprise many, the Busembe Timberwolves finally fell, falling 1-0 away from home in the nation’s capitol, to the Busukuma Force. Kissinger’s side had a masterful defensive performance at home, and Qusmi midfielder Vanza-Vlont Bel scored the game’s lone goal.

Bunyoro RSC 2–4 Rukunbi FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Kitara AA
Mynda Electra 1–1 Istria City FC
Busukuma AC 2–1 Lakiska SC
Askatasuna FC 3–3 Herzegovina City FC
Corizova United 2–1 Aissa United FC
Isipongo Flash 1–0 Jinja City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 0–2 Hawabark Boulders
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–1 Busukuma Force
Lwanga Lions 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Group C Matchday 4
Herzegovina City 0-3 Yuba United(COM)

And to start with the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. Herzegovina City FC had a massive confidence building victory in their last AOCL game, winning a tough one, away from home, against Yuba United. A tough earned three points, breathing some life back into their AOCL campaign. The same, however, was decidedly not true on this night. Exhaustion from all these international nights? Maybe that was catching up to them, as they were felled by a score of 3-0 by their visitors. Herzegovina City looked slow, and looked tired, especially in the midfield, and Yuba United had a field day at Star Field. 3 points from their first four games- not the greatest start to an AOCL campaign that we’ve ever seen. Still, a tough group for them.

Regardless, back to the league. Herzegovina City and Askatasuna FC played a thriller at St.Sava Park, but they split the spoils, as Askatasuna FC was able to get a late equalizer to snag a lone point against the defending champions. Al Iska’s often criticized side came through in the clutch in this game, as they kept responding adequately to Herzegovina City attacks, and scoring themselves. Are they turning a corner? WE’ll have to see. Another surprising result saw the Isipongo Flash down Jinja City FC, also on their home field, by a score of 1-0. It was midfielder Mandla Pukwana who scored the lone goal in that one, as the second upset over a Super 5 club on the weekend.

The rest of the Super 5, however, endeavored to return some sense of normalcy to proceedings. Busukuma AC, of course, was able to win 2-1 over Lakiska SC- with new Qusmi manager Brelk-Avarn Saf besting the league’s first Qusmi manager, Winad-Lenpi Xlo. The Hoima Warriors went right back to their winning ways, slogging out a tough, physical, 1-0 away victory over the Lwanga Lions. The weekend’s most entertaining game had to be the first one, however- Bunyoro RSC hosting Rukunbi FC. Reden Omar scored once and assisted another, but the young starlet’s contributions were not enough as four second half Rukunbi goals stunned the crowd in Bunyoro.

Rukunbi FC 0–6 Hoima Warriors
Busukuma Force 1–2 Lwanga Lions
Hawabark Boulders 2–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Jinja City FC 1–2 Busembe Timberwolves
Aissa United FC 0–1 Isipongo Flash
Herzegovina City FC 0–0 Corizova United
Lakiska SC 2–0 Askatasuna FC
Istria City FC 0–1 Busukuma AC
Kitara AA 0–2 Mynda Electra
Bunyoro RSC 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Second Round of Cygnus Cup Winners Cup Second Leg
Jaribga Soccer Club 2-4 Mar Sara FC(VAL) (Mar Sara FC(VAL) advances to next round 4-2 on aggregate; Jaribga Soccer Club is eliminated)

And for the next round of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. You know, eventually this had to happen, but the clock has struck midnight on Jaribga SC. What an incredible run they’ve had over the past two seasons- a RBSA Cup title, a Kabaka’s Cup, and a run to the Round of 16 of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup- one of the most accomplished runs of a regional league side in quite a long time. They battled at home with the much stronger, and much more highly touted, Mar Sara FC, and they went into halftime tied at 2- which, to be fair, would have meant Mar Sara FC would advance on away goals. Jaribga Soccer Club would push forward, but Mar Sara FC was devastating on the counter, and the talent gap between the two sides was exposed. Still, even with Busoga Islander President Ebrahim Razav in attendance, the fans gave them a standing ovation for their accomplishment of even getting that far, as numerous Busoga Islander organizations congratulated the club on twii.tur.

And now, back to the league. First of all, the Busembe Timberwolves, after dropping two, went to BCEL stadium and were able to notch an important victory, winning 2-1 over Jinja City FC. Edgar Farsal-Smith would be the star of the show, as he saved a crucial penalty taken by Lin Moon, to save the three points on the night for the Timberwolves. Another result saw Mark Grayson’s Warriors side continue to step it up, winning their 8th in 9 games with a shocking 6-0 away win in Istria, against Rukunbi FC. The Warriors seem to be firing on all cylinders right now- is this the year that they finally make the Top Four, and get back to the UICA for the first time in what feels like an eternity?

Anyways, back to the rest of the schedule. It was Davide Waguespack who was the difference for Bunyoro RSC on Sunday night, as Bunyoro RSC won, 1-0, against Umbazi Metrpolitan. Herzegovina City FC, of course, was held to a draw against Corizova United on their home turf- which is at least a moral victory, of sorts, for the BSL’s most recently promoted side. But in the big game, for Busukuma AC, they were able to down Istria City FC on the road in the Super 5 matchup. That gave Qusmi manager Brelk-Avarn Saf their first big win since their arrival at Busukuma Athletic Club. It was Baslios Temesgen, the veteran winger, who scored the lone goal in the match.

Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–2 Rukunbi FC
Mynda Electra 0–3 Bunyoro RSC
Busukuma AC 2–1 Kitara AA
Askatasuna FC 1–6 Istria City FC
Corizova United 0–1 Lakiska SC
Isipongo Flash 0–5 Herzegovina City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 3–0 Aissa United FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–4 Jinja City FC
Lwanga Lions 2–1 Hawabark Boulders
Hoima Warriors 0–1 Busukuma Force
UICA Champions League Group A Matchday 4
Holdenburg(EUR) 1-1 Herzegovina City

And back to the UICA Champions Cup! This one, of course, paying a visit to Holdenburg, of Eura. Herzegovina City FC was able to travel all the way to Eura, and earn a point against this Euran giant. Brian Emerson’s defense was both stout and sturdy, containing many very talented players, and not allowing much space to open up. There was really only one real chance on the day for Herzegovina City, on the counter-attack, and Rosie Tyler made sure she took it, scoring brilliantly on the counter in the 44th minute away from home. This leaves two more games for Herzegovina City FC, of course, and that will put them in an interesting spot, trying to qualify, for the first time, for the knockout stages of the UICA Champions Cup.

And now, of course, back to the league. That draw for Herzegovina City was a confidence builder- and it showed in league play, when they put a 5-0 road pasting on the Isipongo Flash. Christos Tsiavis scored twice, while Fireblade, Brotzmann, and Lucius Vit all scored once in the pasting of the Isipongo side. But the interesting things at the top of the table go beyond that- the Busembe Timberwolves hit full stride, and won, 3-0, at home against Aissa United FC. Those two teams are at the top of the table, with Herzegovina City in 1st and Busembe in 2nd, with Herzegovina City on 33 points and the Timberwolves on 31. The top two teams in the league will battle, next week, at Star Field, in what is sure to be a match of gargantuan proportions between the league’s two best sides(for now).

There were a number of emphatic results in the league this weekend, besides those already mentioned. Jinja City FC went to Phoenix Stadium and tore about the other Herzegovina City side, winning 4-1 away from home in a dominating, electric performance from the visitors. Istria City FC did the same thing on the road, though against a component of a lesser caliber than the Phoenix, in Askatasuna FC. And yet, Assefa Yitebarke was celebrating a hat trick on the day as his side won 6-1. Atsushi Ryu, Jermaine Poole, and Torvald Royle were the other goalscorers for this very talented side. Even Bunyoro RSC got in on the act, winning 3-0 away from home against Mynda Electra. Now, of course, there were some close games- the Warriors, very unfortunately for them, fell 1-0 at home to the Busukuma Force, and Busukuma AC grinded out another win against a quality opponent, earning all three points against the Kitara Athletic Association. An interesting weekend, which sets up nicely for next weekend’s clash between the league’s top two sides.

Rukunbi FC 1–3 Busukuma Force
Hawabark Boulders 3–2 Hoima Warriors
Jinja City FC 2–1 Lwanga Lions
Aissa United FC 0–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Herzegovina City FC 6–3 Busembe Timberwolves
Lakiska SC 0–0 Isipongo Flash
Istria City FC 0–0 Corizova United
Kitara AA 3–3 Askatasuna FC

Bunyoro RSC 1–4 Busukuma AC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Mynda Electra
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Group C Matchday 5
St. Warren City(CBP) 3-5 Herzegovina City

A big week for the defending champions of the BSL. They basically find themselves in a must-win situation in the AOCL, which started against St. Warren City, the two-time defending champions of the NSL of the Commonwealth of Baker Park. Anything less, at this point, would mean their almost surefire elimination. And they travelled to Baker Park knowing the BSL record against Baker Park teams so far this season- poor, considering the pair of eliminations in the Globe Cup at the hands of Baker Park sides. But in this tournament, Banija’s champions were on the winning end of a wild 5-3 game. DiPietro scored twice for the hosts in the first half, though each time he was responded to- both times by Harald Fireblade, to go into the half level at 2 goals a piece.

It would be Herzegovina City who would score next, to make the score 3-2, courtesy of Marcel Roux, the Echani attacking midfielder, bending in a free kick. But the back-to-back NSL champions responded, as Gottfried scored once again, to make it 3-3. Both teams desperately wanting a win at this point, it would be the Banijan side that would get it. The game was free-flowing, and both goalkeepers had to be on top of their A-game. But Christos Tsiavis broke the deadlock with a 73rd minute strike, and then he ended St.Warren City’s chances with an 85th minute dagger. A 5-3 away victory, to set up an extremely high stakes matchup on Matchday 6- can the defending BSL champions get the result necessary to escape from the group and get to the knockouts of the regional tournament?

We’ll find out soon enough. Regardless, even if the most hyped matchup was the top fo the table battle, we’ll go through the rest of the league’s matchups first. Jinja City FC was able to earn a 2-1 victory at home against the Lwanga Lions, to get three points for Alexander Bumba. Istria City FC, for their own disappointment, was not able to break down Corizova United, who for the second time in recent weeks, earned a point against a Super 5 side on the road. Tight defense, disciplined midfielders, and a commitment to the game plan have been shown by Corizova United this season, and it certainly has yielded them results. The Hoima Warriors lost again, falling 3-2 away from home to the Hawabark Boulders, while Busukuma AC seems to be hitting their stride, as they won a big away game, 4-1, against Bunyoro RSC.

And now, of course, for the one everybody has been waiting for- Herzegovina City FC v. Busembe Timberwolves. Top of the table clash, and boy, did the match deliver for everyone fortunate enough to watch this 9 goal thriller- unless, of course, you are a Timberwolves fan. The game started out very emphatically for the home side, as Christos Tsiavis opened up the scoring in just the 11th minute, to give the defending champions a 1-0 lead. It would not take long for the Timberwolves to respond, however, when Neil Richards, the Baker Park striker, headed home on an 18th minute corner kick to level the score at 1. Christos Tsiavis would score again, in the 29th, to make it 2-1 for the hosts, but the Timberwolves responded to that one in stunning fashion. A 39th minute volley, from the captain, HIstero Golazo, leveled the score at 2. Fortunately for the hosts, however, Marcel Roux would score just before halftime, to make the score 3-2.

3-2, to Herzegovina City, at halftime- who wasn’t enjoying this one? Or, as the saying goes, “how are you not entertained?” Regardless, coming out of the second half, it would be Herzegovina City that would explode out of the gates. Fireblade hit the crossbar in the 47th minute, and Brotzmann forced a spectacular save from Farsal-Smith in the 51st minute. It was clear- Herzegovina City was here to try and apply the kill shot, to put the game out of reach. And they opened up a two goal lead when Rosie Tyler scored from distance in the 59th minute, and that meant the floodgates were wide open. Marcel Roux scored his second of the match in the 64th minute, and Brotzmann scored for the league leaders in the 68th minute, to make the score 6-2. It finished 6-3, when Neil Richards bagged another one in the 87th minute. What a game that was- but it moves Herzegovina City FC more firmly into first place, five points ahead of the nearest challengers, the Busembe Timberwolves. The season is still young, of course, with a majority of points still meant to be had, but a 5 point lead at this point in time is never a bad place to be for a team aspiring to repeat as league champions.

League Standings after Matchday 16
Banijan Soccer League          Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Herzegovina City FC 16 11 3 2 34 19 +15 36
2 Busembe Timberwolves 16 10 1 5 28 19 +9 31
3 Kitara AA 16 9 3 4 23 15 +8 30
4 Jinja City FC 16 8 5 3 35 19 +16 29
5 Herzegovina Phoenix 16 8 4 4 22 13 +9 28
6 Hoima Warriors 16 8 2 6 21 15 +6 26
7 Istria City FC 16 6 7 3 33 18 +15 25
8 Busukuma Force 16 7 3 6 16 14 +2 24
9 Lakiska SC 16 6 5 5 18 12 +6 23
10 Hawabark Boulders 16 7 1 8 24 22 +2 22
11 Busukuma AC 16 7 1 8 18 17 +1 22
12 Rukunbi FC 16 6 4 6 17 27 −10 22
13 Isipongo Flash 16 6 3 7 12 16 −4 21
14 Mynda Electra 16 4 7 5 13 14 −1 19
15 Bunyoro RSC 16 5 4 7 20 28 −8 19
16 Lwanga Lions 16 5 3 8 17 24 −7 18
17 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 16 5 2 9 17 27 −10 17
18 Corizova United 16 3 6 7 15 22 −7 15
19 Askatasuna FC 16 2 4 10 13 37 −24 10
20 Aissa United FC 16 2 2 12 13 31 −18 8

Four Fearless Predictions

Now we're over 2/5ths of the way through the season- halfway done. And what has become an annual tradition after our preseason predictions get blasted to the sun by the gods of sport, we'll give you four predictions on what we'll be talking about come Matchday 38.

1. Gut Instinct- The Hoima Warriors will be back in the UICA after this season

The Hoima Warriors have been playing their best football in a long time this season, and especially the one stretch where they won 8 games out of 9 played in all competitions. While they have lost their last two, they still find themselves in 6th place after 16 games, right in the thick of the competition of the top four(or the top five, which we’ll know at the end of Herzegovina City FC’s UICA campaign). But they had hit a higher level under Mark Grayson, one that they failed to hit under managers like Jan Cassallerus, Orlando Juarez, and Jehan Blair. They were playing, seemingly, without the massive pressure of expectation that is on the club from its fans, the weight of being a Super 5 club that has less recent UICA appearances than the Herzegovina Phoenix, and Bunyoro RSC.

Everyone is playing together. The team’s front 3, which consists of Qusmi international Ozolx-Mazur Guv, Cobrio international Chizoba Emenanjo, and Equestrian international Josef Lawerenz, have been playing excellently throughout the season so far. They are creating lots of chances. And the center back pair, the longtime Hoima defender Wenceslaw, from Cosumar, alongside Banijan international Kawsu Kaba, are pairing well with each other. Now, of course, this team has its weaknesses- particularly at the wing backs, though their midfielders don’t’ exactly inspire anybody either. That said, they are certainly a team on the rise, and Mark Grayson might finally have the formula right to do what his task has been since his arrival in Hoima- get the Warriors to the UICA.

2. Busembe Timberwolves will not make the UICA this season

Now I know, I know we are going to get called haters, or whatever other names. And we know that the Timberwolves have been leading the league for a good chunk of the season, still find themselves in second, and have a recent away win against Jinja City FC notched under their belts. But there is no recency bias here, even after they got dismantled by Herzegovina City FC, there’s no shame in losing at Star Field when Brian Emerson is in the home locker room- most teams have suffered that fate in the Cosumarite’s fourth season at the helm.

The fact of the matter is, they simply don’t have the talent level to maintain this form throughout the course of an entire season. They are on pace to pick up over 70 points this season- which would, far and away, be a franchise record since they joined the BSL all the way back in Season 2. Now, of course, they have players who are playing above and beyond themselves. Edgar Farsal-Smith, their goalkeeper, is making a good case to take the Golden Glove award away from Delbin Kasekende, who has had a stranglehold on the title of best Banijan goalkeeper. But look at the advanced statistics. They have allowed 19 goals on the season, even with an extremely capable season from their young goalkeeper. That ranks 10th in the league so far.

They have scored 28 league goals this season so far, which is fourth in the league- a much better offense than their defensive play has suggested. However, they have lost five games on the season, which is level for sixth fewest losses in the league- nothing special. That suggests that the team has won a lot of close games, by scores of things like 2-1, and 3-2, and lost quite a few as well. They haven’t shown the ability to grind out a draw when they don’t play well, and even one of their starting striker, Neil Richards of Baker Park, was a free transfer. It’s been a nice start, and a nice story, for the Timberwolves- especially with the death of Mr. Bosanga. And, of course, as Alexis begins the process of selling the team, that will benefit her pocketbook, we are sure. But to say that they can keep this form over the course of a full season, and make the UICA, seems like a stretch. Now, of course, we’ve been wrong before- we did pick them to finish in 15th place, and it’s clear that projection will be off, but it will be a shocking stunner if they are playing in the UICA next year.

3. Istria City FC will repeat as the league's most prolific side

Last season, Istria City FC scored 100 league goals, an extremely impressive number, getting close to the record of 108 league goals scored by Herzegovina City FC in Season 4. They are seen as having probably the most talented front in the entire league. The team of Alvin Burnsides has the league's best strike pair, with Assefa Yitebarke lining up alongside Torvald Royle, the prolific Freeport international. But it is not just them that makes them so ruthless in front of goal. They are being serviced by players like Jermaine Poole, and Atsushi Ryu. The most important part, of course, is that this front is in their 2nd season together, the year after scoring 100 league goals.

The potential for even more is there. But this season, they are facing strong challenges for most prolific squad from Herzegovina City and Istria City. The former squad replenished at the front, with former Nepharim Premiership striker Christos Tsiavis taking the #9 role, and scoring a number of times already for the league leaders. And look at the trio of attacking midfielders they employ- wily veteran Lucas Lucius Vit, Rosie Tyler in the #10, and Marcel Roux. It might be the most talented trio of attacking midfielders that Brian Emerson has had in his fourth season at the club. And Jinja City cannot be counted out. Even with Lin Moon aging, the addition of Xilit-Zaxac Yol, the record goalscorer for Qusmo, means that they have been firing away at opponents all season. But still, when you look at the Yitebarke/Royle pairing, alongside a Jermaine Poole and Atsushi Ryu in their primes, Istria City has the advantage here. While they'll fall short of the century mark in terms of league goals scored this season, we feel confident in predicting that Istria City FC will continue to hold the scoring crown.

4. Kitara Athletic Association will make their first ever UICA appearance

We talked about Kitara Athletic Association in the last update, and how we believe that their success has actually more staying power than the Busembe Timberwolves. While, of course, they remain behind the Timberwolves in the table, it is now only by a point, as they find themselves in 3rd place. Alan Bettles has the side playing extremely well at this point in time, and they have the talent level to actually do damage. The key for them, of course, was the arrival of Abajan attacking midfielder Jackson Oglobelo. THe player, of course, played under Brian Emerson at Herzegovina City FC the past few seasons, but now, starting to enter his prime at age 25, has moved to Kitara Athletic Association to be the man- as at Herzegovina City, he was of course overshadowed by players like Rosie Tyler and Marcel Roux, to say the least.

For him, the move has absolutely been successful. There are a pair of internationals in the front attacking trio. Ikshu Amitabh, of the Busoga Islands, plays striker up front, while Nick Haller plays on the wing for the squad, and plays for the Commonwealth of Baker Park. They generate just enough offense to support the rock solid defense they have. Veterans like Mekbib Asmelash, and Melech Gersem, both certainly playing their final seasons at the club, are stepping up in key situations. This team has all the tools to be the next one to break the barrier and make their first UICA appearance from the BSL, and chances are, that it will happen. If they do, of course, Alan Bettles star will continue to rise as a manager- as much as it can for a 64 year old, anyhow.

4th Round of RBSA Cup

RBSA Cup Round of 16
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 3–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Tripoli Foresters 0–1 Corizova United
Bunyoro RSC 0–1 Rukunbi FC
Lakiska SC 2–0 Herzegovina City FC
Busukuma AC 3–3 Igulu City FC (3–3 AET) (4–5 pen.)
Dodoma City SC 1–3 Dukuma SC
Isipongo Flash 5–2 Hawabark Boulders
Kitara AA 1–0 Hoima Warriors

And the RBSA Cup is here for the Round of 16! The stage where, of course, you seperate the contenders from the pretenders for this trophy- all the teams that make the last 8 will feel as if, by getting this far, that they have a decent chance to win it and bring the trophy home.

The first game of the weekend was Umbazi Metropolitan SC against the Herzegovina Phoenix. In a bit of a surprise, Umbazi Metropolitan SC, on their home field, defeated the Phoenix in an entertaining game by a score of 3 goals to two. A pair of second half goals by Demetro Laterza, in addition to a first half goal scored by Gutinho, the 38 year old team captain. That made them the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals. They were joined by Corizova United, who are in their first year promoted as a BSL side. They went away to the Tripoli Foresters, a regional league side, and won on the Busoga Islands, by a score of 1-0, with the lone goal from Equestrian teenage striker Kody Hansen. That put them, as well, into the quarterfinals of Banija's knockout tournament.

The next pair of games were Rukunbi FC paying a visit to Bunyoro RSC, as well as Lakiska SC playing host to the defending league champions, Herzegovina City FC. Adam Jeffreys side, in addition to their second place finish in the league, made a cup run to the RBSA Cup semifinals, before being upended by Jaribga Soccer Club, the eventual champions. But in their effort to secure another trip to the quarterfinals, the league's longest tenured manager, Teague Spanos, had a good strategy for the away trip, with Amanuel Bsrat hitting an 82nd minute penalty. And then, of course, probably the most highlighted tie of the round, Lakiska SC successfully defended their home field with a 2-0 win over Herzegovina City FC. This is a tough tournament to win, and although Herzegovina City FC has a small amount of breathing room at the top of the league table, they were felled, once again, in the RBSA Cup. Winad-Lenpi's side played excellent defense for the entirety of the game, and the game's two goals coming from the head of Amazonestan defender Gabriel Braga on corner kicks.

That was the tie of the round going into the round. The actual tie of the round was Busukuma AC playing host to Igulu City FC. Busukuma AC, with their new manager, has won 6 out of their last 8 league games. However, Igulu City FC has greatly impressed in the RBSA Cup so far, and they did not disappoint on this day. The two teams went toe to toe. Alex Sandoval scored the opening goal, in the 7th minute for the hosts, but it would be Kóri Vacík, the Equestrian, who would equalize in the 14th. And then, in the 45th, it was veteran striker Kenyatta Mũraya who scored from about 20 yards to give them a shock 2-1 lead. And then, on a counter-attack, Igulu City looked to be really stunning the capitol when midfielder Udo Obasie chipped the goalkeeper to make it 3-1 in the 59th. But Busukuma AC has made all this progress since their awful start to the season- they weren't going to simply roll over. It would be the Echani winger Ambram Salvai who would score in the 71st, and then Celty O'Mercury, the left back, in the 83rd to make it 3 all. They went to penalties- and both teams were excellent from the spot, each hitting their first four penalties. The pressure was then on. The fifth penalty taker for Igulu City, Chyke Obasie, drilled his penalty, while Baslios Temesgen, Busukuma's 5th penalty taker, had his saved by 43 year old goalkeeper Eba Salam. The crowd was stunned, and Igulu City FC was celebrating wildly. They had three emphatic home wins in the earlier stages of this tournament, and now their second BSL side has been beaten, and not just any Super 5 side. They beat Busukuma AC, a Super 5 club, who had won 6 of 8 and was in good form, on their home field. Do they have a chance to repeat Jaribga Soccer Club's shocker from last year?

Elsewhere, Dukuma SC continued their strong run through the RBSA Cup, as the regional league side won 3-1 away from home against fellow regional league side Dodoma City to advance to the quarterfinals. The Isipongo Flash won big over the Hawabark Boulders at home, and lastly, Kitara Athletic Association won a tight one, 1-0, over the Hoima Warriors. Look at the landscape for the quarterfinals in this tournament- no Super 5 clubs have made it this far this season. It's a fun, wide open tournament, and it's bound to get even more fun as the stakes get higher and we go deeper into the RBSA Cup.

Busembe Timberwolves Sale

BUSEMBE, KITARA- The rumors here, that Alexis Bosanga, the new owner, via inheritance, of the Busembe Timberwolves, is looking to sell the team. She released an official public statement to season ticket holders of the Timberwolves, which consisted of the following. "I would like to thank all of you for your support of the Timberwolves over these 7 seasons that the club has been in control. Ever since Season 2, our first competing in the Banijan Soccer League, we have enjoyed unprecedented fan support, in a beautiful stadium, the Wolf's Den. Everything about this fanbase and this team brought my late husband, Adam, all kinds of joy. The fact is now, he is in heaven, with our Lord, watching the team's unprecedented success.

It is with a heavy heart that I feel the need to sell the team is in the public interest of the Busembe Timberwolves. I am a fan, but I am indeed just that- a fan. My children and I have decided that it is in the best interests of the Bosanga family to sell the club. We will, of course, ask for unprecedented fan participation, both from season ticket holders and our fan groups, like 'The Pack'. And, of course, this sale will also abide by all BSL regulations, including a vote of BSL owners on the new buyer. I will always support the TImberwolves, and it will always hold a dear place in the heart of my family'.

In the statement, she also confirmed that she had hired a search firm to assist her in finding a buyer. While there was no statement on the price, rumors are suggesting that she'll start above $50 million NSDs, which is well more than what was fetched for Mynda Electra.

OK! So I'm opening up bids for those who want to ICly own the BSL squad! For simplicity's sake, we won't be discussing the financials of purchase until a bid is chosen. If you want to own the Timberwolves, send me a message on either discord or a telegram on the boards here, outlining the IC person and/or corporation who wants to bid to own the team, and their IC plans for the team. Thought it'd be a fun way to make it a little more interactive. Best of luck!
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Postby Banija » Fri May 03, 2019 2:02 pm


Halfway through regional league season as teams start to seperate themselves

Luguyala Patriots players celebrate scoring a goal away from home in the Northern League

And now, the regional leagues are underway! With the four leagues each at the halfway mark, we check in with them for the first time all season to see the state of the leagues. Remember, while the traditional format is for the four regional league champions to enter a Promotion Playoff, the exception is if a team wins their league three seasons in a row- then they can get automatic promotion to the Banijan Soccer League. Corizova United almost took advantage of this a few years ago, but they were caught by Suwawa FC. This time, once again, Duntho Sporting Club has the opportunity to earn that promotion spot, after winning the Northern League the last two seasons, and yet falling short in the Promotion Playoff each time. Can they withstand the pressure, and win the Northern League for a third consecutive season to get to the BSL, sans a playoff?

Northwestern League

Northwestern League            Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Suwawa FC 22 16 3 3 53 33 +20 51
2 Dukuma SC 22 12 3 7 43 35 +8 39
3 Nezrouch Rovers 22 10 6 6 44 38 +6 36
4 Barmos United 22 10 6 6 35 29 +6 36
5 AFC Kosactus 22 10 4 8 33 28 +5 34
6 Jaribga Soccer Club 22 8 6 8 30 25 +5 30
7 Taramazna United 22 7 9 6 41 37 +4 30
8 Eastern Moravica FC 22 7 8 7 34 31 +3 29
9 Koszagard City 22 9 1 12 37 41 −4 28
10 Tezirbu Foxes 22 6 3 13 24 46 −22 21
11 Slobochia Bears 22 4 8 10 28 37 −9 20
12 Tripoli Foresters 22 3 3 16 24 46 −22 12

As we said in the previews, this is the first season of the Northwestern League without the league’s most dominant side- Corizova United. They had won the league title three of the four times it has been contested since their incorporation within the RBSA pyramid, and of course, now find themselves promoted to the Banijan Soccer League. Now, of course, there are other talented teams in the league as well- Jaribga Soccer Club famously won the RBSA Cup last season, and even advanced to the round of 16 of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, and even grinding out a 0-0 draw against Mar Sara FC of Valanora, away from home, before eventually falling 4-2 on aggregate. They also embarrassed Herzegovina City in the Kabaka’s Cup this year, getting that trophy as well. Suwawa FC, last season, made the deepest run of any Banijan club team ever in an international competition, making it all the way to the semifinals of the UICA Serie B Champions Cup. So to say that the league still has talent, would be a fair assessment.

Estève Palomer’s side has been the dominant side within the league so far. Halfway through the season, 22 games, they have already opened up a 12 point lead on the rest of the league- suggesting that they will be running away with the Northwestern League this season. They won the league two seasons ago, and while Corizova took the crown last season, they were able to get all the way to the semifinals of the Serie B Champions Cup. That form has clearly carried back to the league. They have 16 wins under their belt, and 51 points, meaning that they are on pace to hit the century mark in terms of points earned on the season. They are tops in the regional leagues so far with 53 goals scored on the season. Thomas Bishop, the Velestrian striker, is having a renaissance of sorts, having 14 goals to his name already to star the campaign. Estève Palomer said that the striker’s veteran leadership has been crucial to Suwawa’s early success this season, though he of course warned that nothing has been won yet.

Elsewhere in the league, even with Jaribga Soccer Club’s epic RBSA Cup run last season, and their battles in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup and the Kabaka’s Cup this season, their form has not translated to the league. While they look like world beaters in cup play, they are in 6th, with just 30 points from 22 games. Dukuma SC, recently relegated, has had a solid season, in second place- though with 39 points, and of course, 12 points off the pace. One odd stastical note is to look at the bottom of the table. The Tripoli Foresters and the Tezirbu Foxes have both scored 24 goals on the season, and allowed 46. Yet, the Foxes have 21 points and have won 6 games, while the Foresters have won just 3 games and have 12 points. The Foresters, also, are 8 points out of 11th place, so with that current form, last seems all but guaranteed. Are they simply unlucky? Are they just that bad? Who really knows? But the season is going from bad to worse, and it seems unlikely that Josiah Buba will survive the season.

Lower Coastal League

Lower Coastal League           Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Dimbogourou SC 22 13 3 6 37 25 +12 42
2 Capitol City FC 22 11 5 6 44 33 +11 38
3 Kitara Athletic Society 22 11 4 7 32 28 +4 37
4 Zakuta Citiy 22 9 8 5 29 24 +5 35
5 AFC Akwadua 22 9 5 8 33 35 −2 32
6 Kabakono Citiy 22 7 10 5 36 33 +3 31
7 Djoro Athletic 22 8 4 10 26 30 −4 28
8 Baleweye FC 22 6 8 8 35 34 +1 26
9 Mamari City 22 6 7 9 33 39 −6 25
10 Nsade United 22 6 6 10 26 34 −8 24
11 Kwadama Dojo 22 6 4 12 21 30 −9 22
12 Ogbordu Diamond FC 22 5 6 11 28 35 −7 21

The Lower Coastal League is, at least relatively speaking, experiencing its fair share of chaos. Dimbogourou SC winning the league halfway through the season? The lead is just 4 points, which might seem like a lot, but with 22 games left in the season, that’s not that hard to be overcome. But let’s comment on how well Dimbogourou SC has been playing so far this season, and how unlikely this is. If they can pull this one off, it’ll be a better story than Jaribga Soccer Club’s stunning run to the RBSA Cup last season. In the first season of the Lower Coastal League’s integration into the pyramid, Dimbogourou SC finishing in dead last, earning just 18 points over 44 games. In their second season, they improved just one place in the table, earning 27 points and finishing in 11th. IN their third season, they regressed, earning just 23 points and finishing in 11th once again. That was just two seasons ago, and all of those seasons were managed by Andrew Less. Fans have been calling for his head for years, and for whatever reason, Dimbogourou SC management stuck behind the manager, even after three straight finishes in 11th or 12th. Why? There are plenty of fan theories. But who the heck really knows the answer to that question? Nothing was inspiring about this team, and nobody liked the incredible amount of loyalty shown to Andrew Less, who ironically, is the lowest earning coach in the entire pyramid(maybe that’s the reason!).

And then, out of nowhere, last season happened. This Dimbogourou SC squad finished 5th in the table, stunning everybody from neutral observers, to the most diehard, committed fans. Almost every pundit had them finishing in 10th or worse- who had any reason to put them higher? They earned 62 points last season across 44 games. To put that in perspective, they had earned 68 points across the previous three seasons combined. So for however much a midtable finish in a regional league can be counted as an overwhelming success, last season qualified as that for Dimbogourou SC. What a season, and one where, finally, the relationship between fans, Andrew Less, and senior management that had been growing to nearly toxic levels was starting to simmer down. 5th place, something to build on, to be excited about. And now, this team. Everybody’s favorite underdogs. Luxolo Mankayi, the captain, is having the season of his life. They’ve only allowed 25 goals on the season, and their young trio on the three man back line, with Uchechi Ijea the oldest among them at just 21 years of age, is playing out of their minds. The glass slipper has fallen off of Jaribga Soccer Club- can Dimbogourou SC pick it up and do, what two seasons ago, would have been absolutely unthinkable- win the league?

Now, of course, in sport, one gain is another’s loss, and we can see that in Kabakono City. A team that expects to challenge for titles every season, they find themselves in sixth place, and 11 points off the pace for the league lead- though, of course, they are closer to the league lead than Dukuma SC, the 2nd place team in the Northwestern League, is to their league lead. That said, the expectation for Kabakono City is almost always the top three, and Juma Ouattara seems unlikely, at this point, to survive his second season at the helm. Who is chasing Dimbogourou SC for the league’s top spot? Perennial title challengers Capitol City FC are at it, once again, chasing their long dream of getting to the BSL. They have a saavy veteran striker, Solomon Devonte, at the helm, scoring goals for the capitol side. The Kitara Athletic Society, in Kiala, is also doing some damage. Harold Lisle is in his tenth season at the helm at this club, and they’ve their best team in a number of seasons, just 5 points off the pace. This league is close enough where a photo finish can be expected. We’ll see which squad has the firepower, and the ability, to maintain their pace and pull it out at the end.

Southern League

Southern League                Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Sororo City 22 14 5 3 52 21 +31 47
2 Dodoma City SC 22 13 4 5 47 29 +18 43
3 Byakado City 22 10 7 5 46 37 +9 37
4 Umbazi FA 22 11 3 8 34 32 +2 36
5 Busemlu Park SC 22 8 6 8 37 38 −1 30
6 Abomfa United 22 9 3 10 20 24 −4 30
7 Amaku City FC 22 8 6 8 36 47 −11 30
8 Boufaya Ravens 22 7 6 9 33 34 −1 27
9 Bwubanza City SC 22 7 5 10 41 39 +2 26
10 Pumbasa Boars 22 6 4 12 27 47 −20 22
11 Kigagana Mountaineers 22 5 5 12 19 38 −19 20
12 Mukegara Warriors 22 5 4 13 33 39 −6 19

And now, of course, off to the Southern League. The first thing that we want to mention, fo course, is the fall of the defending champions, Bwubanza City Soccer Club. Bwubanza City were excellent after their relegation last season, winning the Southern League on their first time down, before being eliminated in the Promotion Playoffs semifinal and therefore preventing a return to the BSL. But the team is young, and has largely been able to maintain their talent. Torrey Mugabe and Bobby MIkelson chief among them, their goals were high coming into the season- win the league again, compete successfully in the Serie B Champions Cup, and get back to the BSL. They were thought to have the squad to do so. But this season has been, at least in the league(as their SBCC campaign is actually going quite well), an abject disaster. While they are the defending champions, they now find themselves in 9th place, with just 26 points earned across 22 games, and 21 points off the pace set by Sororo City. What happened? How did they crash so far down the table? It’s really hard to say. Chika Oluchi has been visibly frustrated this season in the league, as the campaign falls apart. Fans have largely turned the focus to the UICA, but it’s an extremely disappointing campaign. And with the prospects of the UICA slim for next season, will this season be the end of Oluchi’s short tenure at the club?

Regardless, let’s talk about the teams that are dominating this league. First, and foremost, the team that we want to talk about is Sororo City. They are putting together a blistering campaign so far- having allowed just 21 goals over their 22 games so far, with a stunning +31 goal difference at this point in the season. Italo Cola, one of a number of managers from Juvencus to be making his mark in Banija, has a veteran heavy lineup, one that is certainly in the mode of win now, and tomorrow will be taken care of tomorrow. 9 players in the starting XI on this team are aged 30 or above, with four of them above age 35, led by their old man goalkeeper, Seedy Dabo, who is 39 years old. This veteran squad is not the fastest team in the Southern League. But they are smart, they are physical, and they play with purpose- something that players like Sutay Camara, who is 22, benefit greatly from. The defense is led by Jerold Ferguson, the left back from the Equestrian States. Looking at the ages of some of these players, this is certainly the last gasp of this iteration of the team before Italo Cola has to make some wholesale changes. Will he be making those changes as defending champions?

Let’s take a look at who is challenging Sororo City for their title. It really looks like, at this point, there is only one challenger- Dodoma City SC. This is a team that is under new management, with Yohannes Wagaye in his first season at the helm, after being an assistant at Herzegovina City for the last three seasons under Brian Emerson. By all accounts, however, this is shaping up to be a solid season for the first year manager. They almost seem to have the opposite roster building philosophy of Sororo City. Instead of a bunch of wily veterans, he has a youth movement that can be the foundation of long-term success- assuming, of course, the best players don’t get picked off by bigger clubs from Banija and beyond. 7 of the starting XI are 23 or younger, and he has adopted a lot of Brian Emerson practices, including the formation, at his new club. He is getting the most out of players like Botros Hanif Saqqaf, the Al Qurijan center forward who is having a blast in front of goal this season. Will the Emerson blueprint work? It’s looking good so far, but we’ll see if they can make up the ground and overtake Sororo City for the Southern League title.

Northern League

Northern League                Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Duntho Sporting Club 22 12 5 5 42 24 +18 41
2 Luguyala Patriots 22 9 9 4 38 33 +5 36
3 Thayaferu United 22 9 7 6 43 41 +2 34
4 AFC Okahavi 22 9 6 7 31 30 +1 33
5 Igulu City FC 22 7 10 5 39 26 +13 31
6 Okakameb City 22 8 6 8 33 33 0 30
7 Cerenus United 22 9 3 10 36 38 −2 30
8 Garixas City 22 7 7 8 27 31 −4 28
9 Gadive City 22 8 3 11 37 42 −5 27
10 Selekawe Knights 22 7 6 9 24 30 −6 27
11 Nanami Dragons 22 7 5 10 32 38 −6 26
12 Koksho City 22 6 1 15 24 40 −16 19

Duntho Sporting Club is, undoubtedly, the team to watch this season. They have a laser focus on league success this season, because of the stakes. Thanks to the ‘Corizova rule’, it was written into the bylaws that if a team won their regional league in three consecutive seasons, they’d gain automatic promotion to the Banijan Soccer League- and all comers be damned. And Duntho Sporting Club has the opportunity to earn promotion through that kind of consistent, year to year dominance- winning their league three times in a row. And their focus on the league has been apparent. Even though, so far, they have been the least impressive league leader, they have been laser focused on getting results, and have gotten them, opening up a 5 point lead with 22 to play. They, of course, have other obligations- namely, the Serie B Champions Cup, where they are competing as well for the third consecutive season. Something, of course, that doesn’t really happen, due to the uniqueness and limited availability of promotion spots available to Banijan spots in comparison to how promotion and relegation works abroad. This is a young team, with a manager, Chydey Obasey, who is 41, and who fields a lineup with 7 players 23 or younger. When asked how his young team responds to the pressure of being eligible for a Corizova rule promotion this season, he said that they are playing ‘without fear’, and that they should not be intimidated by the lofty expectations their own play has set for themselves.

Of course, everyone in the other leagues is rooting against them- they want a chance at the Promotion Playoff this season. And the pressure will only ramp up now, that Duntho Sporting Club is halfway through the season, and if all things stay the same, they will get that automatic promotion spot, and there will be no Promotion Playoff this season. One of the biggest disappointments of the young season, however, has to be Igulu City FC. A team with a number of statement wins in the RBSA Cup, they were thought by most to be the most likely to challenge Duntho’s hegemony at the top of the Northern League. However, Abraham Akampurira’s side seemed to have not taken that form with them to the league. Their advanced stats don’t look that bad. They are tied for second fewest losses in the Northern League, with 5 on the season. They also have the second fewest goals allowed, and the third most goals scored, leading to the second best goal difference(+13) in the Northern League. And yet, they sit in 5th. How does that happen? They seem to have an inability to finish the job. They are one of two teams in the regional leagues(the other being Kabakono City) with double digit draws on the season, with 10 so far. To make a title challenge, you have to be able to grind out three points in a game where you don’t play particulary well, and Igulu City hasn’t shown the ability to do that this season, settling for 10 draws in their first 22 games. That will likely be the end of Akampurira’s reign at Igulu City, as they have much higher expectations than drawing every other league game.

With them out of the way, is Duntho Sporting Club inevitable? Their main challengers, at this point, seem to be the Luguyala Patriots, and Thayaferu United. The Patriots have a ‘win tomorrow’ strategy that seems to be coming to fruition early under Kidane Einku, who is in his 9th season at the helm in Luguyala. A team with 8 players that are 23 or younger, alongside two 30 year olds and a 31 year old, they seem to be laying the seeds for a title challenge next season, not this year, though that may have came early. Their defense, at this point at least, seem a little unlikely to lead them to a league title, however, as they seem quite a bit leaky in the back. What about Thayaferu United? They are tearing it up, leading the league with 43 goals. However, their defense is not that good, as they’ve allowed 41 across 22 games. They, quite surprisingly, have both the most prolific offense and the worst defense in the Northern League. They seem unlikely to challenge Duntho Sporting Club either. And with Cerenus United having an even worse season than Igulu City FC, all the way down in 7th place, Duntho Sporting Club, to the sadness of regional league fans across the rest of the country, might actually be inevitable. They seem to be their only biggest challenger at this point- can they withstand the mental pressure that will compound as the season goes on, and earn that automatic berth to the BSL next season? We shall see.

UICA Serie B Champions Cup Group A

Matchday 1: Bwubanza City 1-0 Turoki United(VIL)
Matchday 2: Valencia FC (VLD) 0-1 Bwubanza City
Matchday 3: Bwubanza CIty 0-0 Union Stormwood (SRX)
Matchday 4: Turoki United(VIL) 0-1 Bwubanza City
Matchday 5: Bwubanza City 0-1 Valencia FC (VLD)
Matchday 6: Union Stormwood (SRX) 1-0 Bwubanza City
(Bwubanza City finishes in second place of Group A with 10 points and advances to the UICA Serie B Champions Cup Round of 16

And now, of course, for the UICA. The group stages of the Serie B Champions Cup were completed alongside the first half of the regional league season, so fortunately, we were able to give coverage to that. Bwubanza City SC, whose struggles in league play have been outlined above, seemingly turned their focus to this tournament to try and salvage the season. Their first game, against Turoki United of Vilita, they won 1-0 on their home field, with 40,000+ setting a stadium attendance record for their first ever UICA group stage home game. The Champions Cup group stages for them would have a theme of strong, rock solid defense, a team that is not known for its defense generally. Bobby Mikelson had six excellent games, and the defense was swarming, while the offense was quite stifled.

Bwubanza City SC came storming out of the gate in Group A- they won three of their first four games, and had 10 points earned through 4 matches. The knockout stages, at this point, seemed almost guaranteed. Unfortunately for them, they still had two extremely tough games, and by the narrowest of margins, they lost both of those games. 1-0 at home, to Valencia of Valladares, and then by the same score, the same margins, away from home against Union Stormwood. Despite the pair of losses to end the group stages, the 10 points that they earned during the campaign was enough to clinch a spot in the knockout stages of this tournament. While not the most thrilling campaign, since they only scored three goals across six matches, and conceded just two, it was an effective one, and one that gives their fans something to enjoy after watching their quite dreadful Southern League campaign so far this season.

UICA Serie B Champions Cup Group D

Matchday 1: Duntho Sporting Club 2-0 Brentford Ladies FC (CBP)
Matchday 2: Duntho Sporting Club 1-3 KT Itzalovalle (AUD)
Matchday 3: Hoxford Rovers (VLD) 0-2 Duntho Sporting Club
Matchday 4: Brentford Ladies FC (CBP) 0-0 Duntho Sporting Club
Matchday 5: KT Itzalovalle (AUD) 2-0 Duntho Sporting Club
Matchday 6: Duntho Sporting Club 2-2 Hoxford Rovers(VLD)
(Duntho Sporting Club finishes in third place of Group D with 8 points and is eliminated from UICA competition)

And now, of course, for Duntho Sporting Club. Back in the Serie B Champions Cup group stages once again, they basically seem like a regular here. Of course, that won’t happen next season- due to the Corizova rule, they will either be automatically promoted to the BSL, and under RBSA bylaws, won’t be eligible to compete in the Serie B Champions Cup. Or, of course, they won’t win the league, and wouldn’t have earned a spot. Regardless, still, it is an interesting look for this to happen- it happened to Corizova United, back to back group stage appearances in this tournament, and now to Duntho SC. They are likely the only team to be in the group stages of this tournament back to back seasons.

Anyways- back to the game on the field. Their focus is on getting promoted, of course, but they want success in this tournament as well. Their first game saw them play the Brentford Ladies FC, of the National Women’s Soccer League of the Commonwealth of Baker Park. It was the two-time defending champions of the Northern League who got the better of their opponents on the day, as they won the first game, by a score of 2-0. They were home for their next game, against KT Itzalovalle of Audioslavia, where they, unfortunately, lost 3-1. And then, of course, came the gauntlet- three straight away games. While winning the first against the Hoxford Rovers, of Valladares, the same would not be true for their other games. They drew with the Brentford Lades of the Commonwealth of Baker Park away from home, and they fell against KT Itzalovalle. They earned a lone point against the Hoxford Rovers in the final match, allowing an excruciating 89th minute equalizer on a penalty, after a handball was called on 21 year old defender Morwadi Tsholofe, with the assistance of the video assistant referee. A painful way to get eliminated from the tournament, but as manager Chydey Obasey stated after the match, their goals are still in front of them- aka, winning the Northern League.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Part III


And the season is over halfway through! The group stages wrapping up in UICA competition- will Herzegovina City FC advance to the Champions Cup knockouts, or the Globe Cup knockouts, or neither? The same thing is true for the Atlantian Oceania Champions League- will Herzegovina City FC advance there as well? And last, but certainly not least, the league. Who has made progress from Matchday 16? Who has moved up and down the league table? Who is at the top of the table, and can get into the UICA next season? You'll find all that out, and much more, below!

Without further ado!

Mynda Electra 3–1 Rukunbi FC
Busukuma AC 2–3 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Askatasuna FC 2–0 Bunyoro RSC
Corizova United 0–0 Kitara AA
Isipongo Flash 1–5 Istria City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 0–1 Lakiska SC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–1 Herzegovina City FC
Lwanga Lions 0–0 Aissa United FC
Hoima Warriors 2–0 Jinja City FC
Busukuma Force 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
UICA Champions Cup Group A Matchday 5
CA Paulinthal(PAS) 1-1 Herzegovina City

And, of course, back to the UICA Champions Cup group stages- this time for Matchday 5. We went to Pasarga for this one, as the BSL champions, Herzegovina City FC, went there to play CA Paulinthal. These two nations are developing a footballing history between each other, with the national teams having faced off in the last two World Cups. Regardless, Brian Emerson's side battled wiht CA Pualinthal to earn a point on the road, in a 1-1 draw. They played quite defensively, with Fireblade and Brotzmann controlling the middle of the field for the majority of the match, and good outlet passes to allow them to counter. CA Paulinthal had scored on a free kick in the 42nd, but Herzegovina City had quickly responded in the 44th, on a devastating counter-attack that saw Lucas Lucius Vit finish. That leaves everything to play for in the return leg, as a first ever trip to the UICA Champions Cup knockout stages still remains in reach for Brian Emerson's squad.

Now, of course, back to the league. The Busembe Timberwolves, off to such a hot start this season, dropped their second in a row, falling 1-0 to Lakiska SC back at the Wolf's Den. Winad-Lenpi's side, playing tough defense, came through once again in a big game, bringing another statement win for the Qusmi manager. Istria City FC continued to show why they have the most prolific attack in the BSL, as Torvald Royle netted twice, while Poole, Ryu, and Filije Kolley all scored once in their 5-1 away victory over the Isipongo Flash. Busukuma AC fell at their home field, by a score of 3-2, while Bunyoro RSC was upset away from home, by a score of 2-0. Askatasuna FC was able to pull off the upset as they try to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

There were two big games this weekend, however. One, of course, was the Hoima Warriors playing host to Jinja City FC. Yet another big time victory for Mark Grayson's side, as the Warriors won 2-0 over Jinja City FC. It was an excellent performance all around by the Warriors, as they bottled up Jinja CIty star player Xilit-Zaxac Yol, while both Ozolx-Mazur and Marbue Owusu found the back of the net. The other big game, naturally, was the Herzegovina City derby- as Herzegovina City took a trip to Phoenix stadium. It was one hell of a match, in the country's hottest derby. But as it so often goes, it would be Herzegovina City FC who would pull out a win, though from an unlikely source. Lazlo Kearney, of all people, rose above the crowd and headed home powerfully in the 82nd, to give his side the narrowest of 1-0 victories, and yet, all three points against their crosstown rivals.

Rukunbi FC 2–1 Hawabark Boulders
Jinja City FC 1–2 Busukuma Force
Aissa United FC 2–2 Hoima Warriors
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Lwanga Lions
Lakiska SC 0–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Istria City FC 0–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Kitara AA 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Bunyoro RSC 5–1 Corizova United
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–3 Askatasuna FC
Mynda Electra 1–0 Busukuma AC

Lots of fun action this weekend- and, of course, a lot of chaos. Let's dive right into it? Bunyoro RSC absolutely dismantled Corizova United at Albert III Stadium, as they won 5-1 against the BSL newcomers. Reden Omar, Guillame Fontanils, Amadi Uche, Obey Chidiebere, and Andrey Soltykov all found the back of the net for the home side. And the ever so consistent Herzegovina City FC side also found success, as they were able to defeat the Lwanga Lions by a score of 1-0. It could have easily been 3 or 4, but of course, Lions goalkeeper Eric Tarbowza nearly stood on his head, making 9 saves in the game of his life against the league leaders.

Outside of those two results, there was what one would only call chaos and carnage for the big squads. Just a week after a 5 goal dismantling of the Isipongo Flash away from home, Istria City FC came back and saw their offense, their ball movement, completely stifled by the Timberwolves defense, who were able to earn all three points in a 1-0 away victory. It doesn't stop there, however. Mynda Electra, on the Sunday nightcap, delivered the pain to Busukuma AC, winning 1-0 at home. Jinja City FC, at home, was the third Super 5 club to lose on the weekend, losing 2-1, at home, to the Force. The Hoima Warriors could not make progress against bottom feeders Aissa United, who earned a point in a season that, largely, has been a disaster at best for them. Maybe this point can jumpstart their increasingly desperate campaign to stay promoted?

Busukuma AC 2–1 Rukunbi FC
Askatasuna FC 0–1 Mynda Electra
Corizova United 0–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Bunyoro RSC
Busembe Timberwolves 0–0 Kitara AA
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Istria City FC
Lwanga Lions 0–1 Lakiska SC
Hoima Warriors 2–2 Herzegovina City FC
Busukuma Force 2–2 Aissa United FC

Hawabark Boulders 2–3 Jinja City FC
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Group C Matchday 6
Herzegovina City 4-2 St. Warren City FC(CBP) (Herzegovina City finishes 2nd in Group C and advances to knockout stages)

And now, for matchday 6 of the Atlantian Oceania Champoins League. Herzegovina City coming in, on 6 points, with Yuba United also on 6 points- though they play La Nueva Avenida, while Herzegovina City played host to St. Warren City of the Commonwealth of Baker Park. They had played a thriller the last time out, and once again, they would play a thrilling match on this night as well, at Star Field. The nerves were apparent, as St. Warren City scored first, in the 20th minute. But from that point forward, Herzegovina City went on a rampage. They absolutely dominated the next hour of play- scoring goals in the 32nd minute, 41st minute, 52nd minute, and 80th minute to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead. While the game finished 4-2, the results were positive from elsewhere- Yuba United fell, and Herzegovina City found themselves in the quarterfinals of the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. This is, of course, the first time a BSL side has ever qualified for the quarterfinal of the AOCL- a remarkable achievement for Brian Emerson.

Herzegovina City FC had quite an emotional victory, and then they followed that up with a game against Hoima Warriors on the weekend, in Hoima. For them to get three points here, especially with the decider of the UICA Champions Cup group stage coming next week, would have been quite the ask. Fortunately for them, they were able to claw back and earn a point, even after falling 2-0 at halftime. With all fo their talent, it would be Rosie Tyler who came through for them on the night, scoring twice to snag that point back, and put themselves in a solid position going forward.

Elsewhere, there was some other big games. The Phoenix played host to Istria City FC, and it would be the Phoenix that would come out ahead, stifling Istria City's vaunted offense, as Orion Etzebeth seemed to be everywhere for the Phoenix. He cut off all kinds of passes, slide tackles in every which direction, as they didn't allow Assefa Yitebarke and Torvald Royle to get touches. They both had their fewest received passes on the season, and each striker had 1 shot, neither on target. Corvid Alemane scored the winner. The Timberwolves, in a tough matchup with the Kitara Athletic Association, drew by a score of 0-0. In the night cap, Jinja City FC travelled to Hawabark and earned all three points, in a 3-2 victory over the Boulders.

Rukunbi FC 1–0 Jinja City FC
Hawabark Boulders 2–1 Aissa United FC
Busukuma Force 0–0 Herzegovina City FC
Hoima Warriors 1–1 Lakiska SC

Lwanga Lions 0–4 Istria City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–1 Kitara AA
Busembe Timberwolves 0–1 Bunyoro RSC
Isipongo Flash 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Corizova United 0–1 Mynda Electra
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Busukuma AC
UICA Champions Cup Group A Matchday 6
Herzegovina City 1-0 CA Paulinthal(PAS) (Herzegovina City finishes 3rd in Group A and advances to UICA Globe Cup Round of 32)[/b]

And now, for the final match of the group stages of the UICA Champions Cup- Herzegovina City FC against CA Paulinthal, of Pasarga. Herzegovina City earned a 1-1 draw away in Pasarga, and at Star Field, they rode the home field advantage to a tight 1-0 win over the Pasargan side. Unfortunately for them, Rosie Tyler's strike, while earning them all three points, was not enough to get them to the knockout stages of the multiverse's most prestigious club tournament. However, they will, for the second time in three seasons, participate in the UICA Globe Cup knockout stages. in the Round of 32. And bigger- not for them, but for the league in general, the three points earned here, coupled with other results, were enough for a massive step forward for the BSL- the league now have enough coefficient points to be ranked in the top 32 of the UICA rankings. This means, among other things, that the league this season will have an extra UICA berth, with the 2nd place team also going to the Champions Cup, and the fifth place team now going to the UICA Globe Cup. More on that, of course, later.

Back to the league! Herzegovina City FC travelled to the nation's capitol to take on the Busukuma Force, and unfortunately for them, they dropped points, a tired Herzegovina City side splitting the spoils, 0-0, with the Busukuma Force. Brun Kissinger's side played well, and it could well be qualified as a breakout game for goalkeeper Mazzi Azubuike. He had six saves himself, including a courageous slide in a one on one battle with Christos Tsiavis. An excellent for the other capitol side. Elsewhere, Hoima was also held to a 1-1 draw, against Winad-Lenpi's Lakiska SC.

In another big time win for Alan Bettles KItara AA side, they were able to travel to suburban Herzegovina to play the Phoenix, and they came out with a 1-0 victory, headlined by Nick Haller. It was Bunyoro RSC here on matchday 20 who was able to steal the show in Busembe, when they eked out a tough 1-0 win ahead of the team that, frankly, has stolen the show for the first half of the league season. It was the Arioslavian, Andrey Soltykov, who scored the lone goal for the visiting side. And, of course, on Friday night, we cannot forget the upset- Rukunbi FC, in the hallowed walls of Eastern Stadium, were able to pull off another upset in what is the league's toughest trip- a 1-0 victory over Alexander Bumba's Jinja City FC side.

Askatasuna FC 0–4 Rukunbi FC
Busukuma AC 3–1 Corizova United
Mynda Electra 5–1 Isipongo Flash
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Bunyoro RSC 4–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Kitara AA 1–0 Lwanga Lions
Istria City FC 3–4 Hoima Warriors
Lakiska SC 1–0 Busukuma Force
Herzegovina City FC 1–2 Hawabark Boulders
Aissa United FC 1–2 Jinja City FC

And now, for Matchday 21. Look at the upset! The Hawabark Boulders took a trip to Herzegovina City FC in the Sunday late afternoon game(!6:00 kickoff local), and almost stunningly, the second year BSL side struck twice in the second half for a comeback victory over the defending champions. Alaji Senghore ran around Star Field after this one like it was the win of his life- and frankly, it was, at least since their ascension to the Banijan Soccer League. While Tsiavis put Herzegovina City FC up 1-0 at the half, this team came together and played quite a half in the second half. Senghore said they refused to be intimidated by the much larger side, and it paid off. "So many sides lose to this team mentally before they step on the pitch." He told reporters. "But in Hawabark, we're made of tougher stuff." Ilman Jawara scored in the 62nd minute, and Suhayl Mostafa Ahmed scored the winner in the 87th. They defended like their lives depended on it for the remainder of the match, and a statement win for the reign of Senghore.

What happened elsewhere? In the Saturday night matchup, we saw an incredible Super 5 matchup, as the Hoima Warriors paid a visit to Istria City FC. Once again, Mark Grayson's side this season was able to hit their stride against talented opposition. They could not contain the Istria City offense, as most teams can't- Assefa Yitebarke netted twice, while Jermaine Poole netted once. But the Warriors responded to each Istria City goal. Yitebarke's 4th minute goal was responded to with a header by Wenceslaw in the 12th. Yitebarke's 17th minute goal was responded to with an Owusu free kick in the 24th. Jermaine Poole's 41st minute volley was replied to with an Utpal Ishan strike in the 52nd, and then Ozolx-Mazur had the winner in the 75th, assisted by none other than Josef Lawerenz. Can Mark Grayson do what no Hoima manager has done since Season 2- take the Warriors back to the UICA?

There were big games elsewhere, besides those two. The nightcap was the battle for Hangaza's Soul, and as often happens in this rivalry, Jinja City FC came out winners. But a shadow loomed over this one- is this the last time we'll see the re-run of this epic rivalry? Aissa United's season is slowly coming off the rails, and Gregory Banis is holding onto his job by a thread. Can the manager, in his 8th season at the helm, be trusted to turn this ship around? Is he even capable? We'll see. Bunyoro RSC had a big time 4-0 win over the Herzegovina Phoenix, while Mynda Electra won 5-1 over the Flash. The 38 year old twin brothers on the back line both headed home in the big time win for the Electra side.

Rukunbi FC 2–0 Aissa United FC
Jinja City FC 4–0 Herzegovina City FC
Hawabark Boulders 2–1 Lakiska SC
Busukuma Force 3–8 Istria City FC
Hoima Warriors 2–1 Kitara AA
Lwanga Lions 1–0 Bunyoro RSC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–1 Mynda Electra
Isipongo Flash 3–0 Busukuma AC
Corizova United 0–2 Askatasuna FC
UICA Globe Cup Round of 32 First Leg
Venividicci(FID) 3-2 Herzegovina City

And now, of course, time for the UICA Globe Cup Round of 32. First up, Herzegovina CIty's trip to Venividicci, in Filindostan. This was a thrilling match for a first leg. It was Christos Tsiavis who scored the game's only first half goal, in the 42nd minute. ANd then, early in the second half, the hosts netted twice- once from the spot in the 49th, and once in the 62nd, to give their side a 2-1 lead. Brian Emerson's side, however, would try to battle back, and in thrilling fashion. Fireblade thought he had equalized in the 78th, but after turning to VAR, he was ruled offside by half a yard. Antagonizing. The rage in them nearly exploded forward after that, and it would be an 85th minute goal by Denis Brotzmann that would equalize. 2-2 away from home, but ahead on away goals? Not a bad place to be. However, disaster struck in the 1st minute of stoppage. A bending shot went to Delbin Kasekende, the 38 year old captain for club and country, and it bounced off of his hands and into the back of the net. A howler for the longtime Herzegovina City goalkeeper, nearing the end of his career. The decisive goal of the match, and the final score is 3-2. However, thanks to the pair of away goals, they are certainly very into the match- a lone goal is all they need back at Star Field in two weeks. Can they pull it off?

Anyways, back to the league. A strange phenomenon has happened- for the first time in Brian Emerson's tenure, Herzegovina City have now lost three games in a row in all competitions. They didn't recover well from a draining defeat in Filindostan, and at BCEL stadium, Alexander Bumba's side made them pay for it, with a 4-0 drubbing of the defending champions. And that has ended their absolute domination of the Super 5 matchup this season- Jinja City FC beat them 4-0 in Herzegovina City in week 3, and now in week 22, they've won 4-0 again, this time at home. A combined 8-0 over two games this league season, against the league's most successful side. What happened? Who knows? But Xilit-Zaxac scored twice, including a bicycle kick, while Malachi Gallagher and DeAndre James each scored once. Domination from the hands of Jinja City FC over the league's biggest side. What does that mean for the table though?

Of course, there were games that didn't involve HZCFC this weekend as well. Istria City FC put up a stunning 8 goals on the Busukuma Force, the highest total for any BSL side this season. Yitebarke, Royle, and Poole all scored twice, while Ablie Kah and Atsushi Ryu each scored once in the drubbing of the second capitol side. The Hoima Warriors, in a big one against a quietly surging Kitara AA side, were able to win 2-1, as Cobrio international Emenanjo scored twice. And, in rather surprising news, Forzu-Denir Ono's Isipongo Flash exploded to a 3-0 win over Busukuma AC. It'll be an interesting decision for Busukuma AC- will Brelk-Avarn Saf be given the permanent title? Brelk-Avarn, of course, has done the bare minimum by lifting them out of the cellar, and into midtable. But Busukuma AC's goal, of course, is beyond the midtable- it is the UICA? It seems beyond them this season, but will they allow him to right that ship, or look for a fresh start elsewhere this offseason? One of the interesting storylines to follow.

Corizova United 0–2 Rukunbi FC
Askatasuna FC 0–0 Isipongo Flash
Busukuma AC 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Mynda Electra 2–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Lwanga Lions
Bunyoro RSC 0–0 Hoima Warriors
Kitara AA 0–0 Busukuma Force

Istria City FC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Lakiska SC 0–1 Jinja City FC
Herzegovina City FC 3–1 Aissa United FC

And now for Matchday 23. Busukuma AC recovered from their 3-0 shellacking in Isipongo to come ahead of the Busembe Timberwolves, by a score of 1-0, over Busukuma AC. It would be the captain, Ansu Cisse, the former Banijan international, who would score the lone goal. A solid win. Mynda Electra had a very good performance at their home stadium, defeating the Herzegovina Phoenix by a score of 2-0, with Singhateh and Essa Kama both scoring. The Hoima Warriors paid a visit to Bunyoro RSC, and the two teams battled out a 0-0 draw, one of three on the weekend. Askatasuna FC' hosting the Flash, and Kitara AA hosting the Busukuma Force, both also ended by the same scoreline.

The Super 5 clubs who played on Sunday all played fairly well. Istria City FC beat the Hawabark Boulders by a score of 1-0, in a very tight match- only being decided by an extremely late goal- a header by Maximiliane Purcell in the 4th minute of stoppage time. The latest goal scored of the young season. But still- what a winner for a side chasing a spot in the top four- or now, of course, we should saw top 5, shouldn't we? Herzegovina City FC has ensured that Aissa United FC's season is going from bad to worse, as the hot seat for Gregory Banis reaches a fevered pitch- while an away loss against Herzegovina City is nothing to be ashamed of, they are bottom of the table, and by 6 points. That may not sound like a huge margin, but we're rapidly moving from mid season to late season mode, and when your form means you've won just two of your first 24 games, relegation certainly seems possible. But, for now, the ownership will not pull the trigger on Gregory Banis- yet.

Rukunbi FC 0–2 Herzegovina City FC
Aissa United FC 1–1 Lakiska SC
Jinja City FC 1–3 Istria City FC
Hawabark Boulders 1–1 Kitara AA
Busukuma Force 0–2 Bunyoro RSC
Hoima Warriors 2–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Lwanga Lions 0–0 Mynda Electra
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Busukuma AC

Busembe Timberwolves 2–1 Askatasuna FC
Isipongo Flash 0–0 Corizova United
UICA Globe Cup Round of 32 Second Leg
Herzegovina City 0-0 Venividicci(FID)
(Venividicci advances 3-2 on aggregate; Herzegovina City eliminated from UICA competition)

And to start things off, we’ll go with Herzegovina City hosting Venividicci of Filindostan, in the second leg of their UICA Globe Cup knockout tie. Herzegovina City, of course, fell 3-2 away from home in the first leg- but with the away goals rule alive and well, anything was possible here- the key, of course, would be who could open the scoring first, giving themselves a huge advantage. A 1-0 or 2-1 win, of course, for Herzegovina City would be enough to see them through. However, nobody was able to open the floodgates. Herzegovina City was pressing heavily, but they could not find a way past Venividicci- their defense closing space and not giving away quality opportunities. A disciplined, tactical effort to earn a draw away from home to advance for the away side, and they knocked Herzegovina City out of this tournament.

And then, of course, after that match, they had to play on the Friday nightcap- against Rukunbi FC. They were able to recover from their Globe Cup elimination by winning away to Rukunbi FC, by a score of 2-0. Tyler and Lucas Lucius Vit both scored on the night. There was a Super 5 matchup on Saturday afternoon, with Istria City paying a visit to Jinja City FC. These two clubs battled hard, but ultimately, Istria City had too much firepower and overwhelmed their opponents at BCEL Stadium. Assefa Yitebarke, the Banijan international, scored twice himself, and Torvald Royle scored once on his own, as they pulled off the away victory against Alexander Bumba’s side.

What else happened this weekend? The Hoima Warriors won against Umbazi, with a late header by Chizoba Emenanjo being the difference on the night in Hoima. The Busembe Timberwolves, who are of course also focused on the bigger issues of the club’s future(see below), got back to their winning ways by winning 2-1 at the Wolf’s Den against Askatasuna FC. The Phoenix hosted Busukuma AC, and grinded out a goalless draw. And Gregory Banis, the embattled manager of Aissa United FC, was able to grind out a 0-0 draw against Lakiska SC, earning a critical point as their position continues to remain dire in the league table. He keeps his job- for now- but how mu8ch longer can Aissa United ride their long term manager when they are staring relegation straight in the face?

League Standings after Matchday 24
Banijan Soccer League          Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Herzegovina City FC 24 15 5 4 44 28 +16 50
2 Kitara AA 24 12 7 5 28 18 +10 43
3 Hoima Warriors 24 12 6 6 36 25 +11 42
4 Jinja City FC 24 12 5 7 47 30 +17 41
5 Istria City FC 24 11 7 6 57 29 +28 40
6 Busembe Timberwolves 24 12 4 8 32 24 +8 40
7 Mynda Electra 24 10 9 5 27 17 +10 39
8 Rukunbi FC 24 11 4 9 30 35 −5 37
9 Lakiska SC 24 9 8 7 24 17 +7 35
10 Busukuma AC 24 11 2 11 28 26 +2 35
11 Bunyoro RSC 24 10 5 9 33 32 +1 35
12 Herzegovina Phoenix 24 9 6 9 23 22 +1 33
13 Busukuma Force 24 9 6 9 24 28 −4 33
14 Hawabark Boulders 24 10 2 12 34 33 +1 32
15 Isipongo Flash 24 8 5 11 18 28 −10 29
16 Lwanga Lions 24 7 5 12 19 31 −12 26
17 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 24 7 4 13 23 36 −13 25
18 Askatasuna FC 24 5 5 14 21 47 −26 20
19 Corizova United 24 3 9 12 17 35 −18 18
20 Aissa United FC 24 2 6 16 21 45 −24 12

Instant Analysis- Second UICA Champions Cup berth

With Herzegovina City's UICA performance this season, the RBSA has accumulated enough coefficient points over the past five seasons to officially declare that, for the first time, that the BSL is a top 32 league in the multiverse. And therefore, they have now earned, for the first time, a fifth spot in the UICA, to be added immediately. This will mean that the top two finishers in the BSL, rather than simply the league champion, qualify to the UICA Champions Cup, while the next three finishers, rather than teams ranked 2-4 in the BSL, will qualify for the Globe Cup. It is a time for celebration for the accomplishments of the league, where after 8 and a half seasons, including participating in the last 5 editions of the UICA, the league has struggled and earned their way to this point.

A big moment to be a fan. In this entry, of course, we'll focus on this- what this means for right now, what this means for the league going forward.

1. Brian Emerson should be thanked- he brought us to this point

We say this only half jokingly about the manager of Herzegovina City FC. OF course, he is in his fourth season at the club, and seems to be well en route to his 4th league title- 7 points clear with 14 left to play. Not insurmountable, by any means, if any other challengers can make a run, but they have to be the clear favorites. However, his dominance in the league is not why we should thank him. It is his dominance outside of the league, in UICA competition, why he should be thanked. He is the only manager to lead a BSL side to the group stages of the UICA Champions Cup, and he’s done it twice now. It is success in the multiverse’s premier club competition that allows them, and the league at-large, to rise up the UICA rankings.

His first run In Season 7 was a surprise to most observers, including us here. His run this season was stellar, and not as surprising- though they still were not favorites. It’s difficult to play in those preliminary rounds- getting ready for the summers, players coming from their national teams, while the rest of the league is resting up. Still, he’s always had his boys ready early, and they look almost in midseason form from the word go. They earned 9 coefficient points in Season 7(UICA 71), and 12 coefficient points this season, which has been a massive boon to club fortunes. Randolf Cherry, frankly, should be writing him a thank you letter for his club’s success helping improve the league’s stature.

2. This is a victory for Randolf Cherry's vision as BSL Commissioner

Randolf Cherry has been on a mission, for a long time, to grow this league. He is one of Banija’s most important sports figures, and certainly Banija’s most important foreign sports figure that isn’t an athlete. The Drawkian commissioner has done a reasonable job, as he has been growing revenues, expanding BSL reach, and even launching an initiative to ensure that the BSL is the most popular league in the Quebecois Commonwealth.

Of course, you can only market your league so much without on-field success. That’s simply how this works- money follows skill, and skill follows money. Is it self-fulfilling? Maybe. But there’s a reason that leagues like the Nepharim Premiership are so highly regarded. Simply because of their strength internationally. And now, being ranked in the top 32, it will make Randolf Cherry’s vision to promote and grow this league that much easier. We’ll see how much, exactly, this league has grown when the Timberwolves final sale goes through, but the fact that there are even multiple foreign bidders for the team shows validation of his actions as Commissioner so far. We can’t tell what his legacy will be, but he will continue to grow as one of the sport’s most powerful figures in the country as the league keeps improving both on and off the field.

3. Mark Grayson emerges as the biggest immediate beneficiary

Now, of course, Mark Grayson is not the only beneficiary- an extra UICA spot benefits almost everybody. Managers get performance bonuses for qualifying for UICA competition, and that is how success is graded for the most ambitious of Banijan clubs. But if you have to look at who the single biggest beneficiary is? The choice is easy- the manager of the Hoima Warriors, Mark Grayson. Grayson is in his fourth season in the league, having managed at the Phoenix for a pair of seasons, and now in his second season Hoima.

The Hoima Warriors have been vocal, for years, about their desire to get back to UICA competition. They haven’t gotten a UICA berth since Season 2, and it is almost an obsession at the club. Of course, there was ownership infighting, but that desire for success that has stayed so far away from them, for so long, has made the Hoima Warriors management job the biggest hot potato in Banijan soccer. They are known for having a notoriously quick trigger for managers who do not meet expectations, and you can ask Jehan Blair, Orlando Juarez, and Jan Cassallerus, just as examples, of what happens when you don’t meet that high bar.

New ownership, of course, means patience- Grayson didn’t get fired after one year of not making the UICA, like as what happened in the past. And, of course, this team looks as good as it ever has since Season 2, giving the Warriors hope. But the unspoken expectation is the UICA- and now, that got a whole lot easier. The Hoima Warriors are well known for bottling it at the crucial moment, and now, Mark Grayson has been granted a lifeline. If he finishes fifth, he’s basically guaranteed an extension at the club, whereas before, he would’ve had to finish fourth. This is one of Banija’s wealthiest and largest clubs, and making it easier for Grayson to hit the club’s goals, aka reaching UICA competition, will allow him the time to fully implement his vision at the Ankole club.

4. This will give a chance for the league's depth to be fully on display

Now, of course, we talk about Herzegovina City’s success, and how that is much of the reason that we are at this point, the point of BSL clubs reaching UICA competition. But it goes beyond Herzegovina City’s pair of runs to the Champions Cup group stages, or Istria City’s run to the UICA Globe Cup group stages last season- and then them winning their group in the competition to boot. It speaks to the league’s strength, and the league’s depth.

Banija’s best teams are getting tested regularly, which helps prepare them for the challenges of international competition. But it is not just the Super 5 who have contributed. The Herzegovina Phoenix have a UICA Globe Cup preliminary round appearance of their own, which helped. Bunyoro RSC, this past summer in their first ever appearance in the UICA, made a run all the way to the final round of Globe Cup Qualifying, knocking out Langtree United of Mercedini and Iskara Daii of Starblyadia, before finally falling to the Maal Angels of Mriin. Yes, the same side that were knocked out by Jaribga Soccer Club of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. All those points helped. And even now, with an extra UICA spot, it will be that much easier for a non Super 5 club to qualify for the knockout stages of UICA competition. That means, of course, more opportunity. Kitara Athletic Association is making quite a run at it for the UICA, currently in second place- not only in the UICA, but, if the standings hold, a berth in the Champions Cup, which would obviously be a huge deal. The Timberwolves are also making a push, which helps both them and Alexis Bosanga, as she looks to sell the club. More teams will have the opportunity to represent the BSL, which is always a good thing.

5. This will help BSL teams attract star players

And the last section of our instant analysis- this will certainly help the BSL attract star talent. Now, of course, the BSL has its star players- Assefa Yitebarke, Xilit-Zaxac Yol, Rosie Tyler, just to name a few. But teams are always looking to get better, and no BSL clubs are ever going to be able to outbid a Brinemouth, an AC Izotz Zubia, or a Directus. However, there is a lot of elite talent in the multiverse, and BSL clubs are becoming more and more aggressive about attaining that talent. Rosie Tyler herself was bought for an 8 figure sum- something that would have been unthinkable before. Xilit-Zaxac Yol had a good gig for him in the Pug Qusmyra, and certainly had their options, but decided to come to Jinja City FC.

Expect the BSL to become more aggressive players on the market. Not just for money reasons- you won’t see BSL clubs bidding $20 million NSDs on a single player like some of the richer clubs. But simply because, there is more reason to say yes to the BSL now, now that this league is in the top 32. Players want to be in leagues that will challenge them, where they will see the field, where they can improve their own career prospects, and even where they can improve their chances of playing for their own national teams. You can see the difference in foreign talent level between Season 3 and now- multiple members of the Equestrian NT, the Baker Park NT, and the Qusmo NT, who all went to the last World Cup, ply their trade in the Banijan Soccer League. Bringing more ambitious, top-level talent improves the quality of the league, which helps bring more top-level talent. It is a cycle that does not end.

RBSA Cup Quarterfinals

RBSA Cup 5th Round
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Corizova United
Kitara AA 2–0 Isipongo Flash
Igulu City FC 1–5 Dukuma SC
Lakiska SC 3–1 Rukunbi FC

And now, time for the quarterfinals of the RBSA Cup. Banija’s knockout tournament, had seen its fair share of upsets- there was not a single Super 5 club left, and it was only the Quarterfinals. Igulu City, a team that has had such an excellent RBSA Cup so far, though their form has not been replicated in the league, absolutely fell apart at home in the quarterfinals of the RBSA Cup, against another fellow regional league side. They were dominated. Dismantled. Détruit.Whatever your word of choice is. But they got picked apart, 5-1, at home, by Dukuma SC- a team that got relegated after winning just two games in the BSL last season. Dukuma SC haven’t even played a BSL side yet until this matchup- and now, have beaten one BSL side this season, compared to two last season when they were actually in the BSL. Everyone, including Dukuma SC fans, seemed absolutely shocked. There was a large rally at Dukuma International Airport of Dukuma SC as the team flew back to the North Island. What a game, what a result, what a win for the Islander side.

Those kinds of upsets are why we love cup play, right? The other results weren’t as stunning, but just as important. Lakiska SC defeated Rukunbi FC by a score of 3-1 on the South Island, meaning that the Busoga Islands have sent their two biggest clubs to the RBSA Cup semifinals- will an Islander side win the RBSA Cup for a second season in a row? This rivalry, of course, has not been renewed this season, and won’t be next season. Could it not be incredible if the biggest rivalry on the Busoga Islands was renewed in a knockout cup game, in this tournament?

Anyways, there were two other games that were played. Kitara Athletic Association was able to win, 2-0, over the Isipongo Flash, quite routinely- continuing their stellar form from the league. Alan Bettles side is competing for a UICA Champions Cup berth at this point, but they also have their eyes on silverware in this competition, and they are certainly, at this point, as capable as anybody of winning the whole damned competition. And then, of course, we have Corizova United. A surprising run, considering they just took Dukuma SC’s spot in the BSL, they find themselves with a spot in the semifinals of the RBSA Cup.

What can we expect in the next round- who knows? The matchups haven’t been drawn yet. But Lakiska SC and Kitara AA, assuming they don’t play against each other, have to be favorites to reach the final against either Corizova United or Dukuma SC. But if this tournament has taught you anything, especially last season and this season, it’s that anything can happen in the RBSA Cup- and that’s why we love to watch. Best of luck to the bettors for the semifinals of this competition.

Busembe Timberwolves Sale Update

BUSEMBE, KTIARA- The Busembe Timberwolves, after operating so much of this search silently, have officially confirmed that there were 6 initial potential buyers- four Banijans, and two foreign companies. However, the Timberwolves have narrowed the search down to the two foreign companies, whose names they are willing to announce today. Fadron Pizza, the food conglomerate in Taeshan, is bidding for the team. The other company is Miracle Corporation, the entertainment conglomerate from Damukuni.

Neither bidding price is being made public, ‘for the interests of confidentiality’, according to the club’s press officer. The Press officer, was indeed able to confirm that both potential buyers had bid at a price ‘significantly above’ the Mynda Electra sale price of $40 million NSDs, which is the kind of increase in club value that Randolf Cherry likes to preside over. That was all the way in Season 5, however- a number of years ago. The press officer, however, reiterated Alexis Bosanga’s desire to ‘engage with fan groups and the league in this process’.

Randolf Cherry, the Commissioner, provided his own commentary. “It is sad to see the Bosanga family step away from the sport.” He told reporters. “They have provided so much to the league, willing to be an expansion franchise in Season 2, and enthusiastically supporting opening up the pyramid to promotion and relegation when the issue came up. They’ve given a lot to Busembe, and to the sport, and they will certainly be missed. As a league, we will certainly be around to provide any advice to Alexis Bosanga and her team that they deem necessary. However, we must stress that this is the prerogative and property of Alexis Bosanga- she is the final arbitrator on any sale. That said, we have had a very good working relationship so far, and both potential buyers, Fadron Pizza and Miracle Corporation, would be excellent additions to the owners room here in the Banijan Soccer League.”

The bids, of course, will continue to be evaluated, with Alexis Bosanga promising to have this process ‘by the end of the season at the very latest’.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Part IV


And we are closing in on the end of the season! After these games, just 6 are left. Who goes into the finally stretch run with an advantage? Which teams are competing for the pair of Champions Cup berths, who is competing for the Globe Cup, and who has reached the RBSA Cup Final? And, of course, how is Herzegovina City's AOCL campaign going? All that and more to be covered in this edition.

Without further ado!

Isipongo Flash 0–1 Rukunbi FC
Corizova United 1–2 Busembe Timberwolves
Askatasuna FC 0–4 Herzegovina Phoenix
Busukuma AC 3–2 Lwanga Lions
Mynda Electra 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–2 Busukuma Force
Bunyoro RSC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Kitara AA 1–3 Jinja City FC
Istria City FC 3–3 Aissa United FC
Lakiska SC 1–2 Herzegovina City FC

We’ll start with the top of the table- Rukunbi FC, on their Friday night matchup, took the game to the Isipongo Flash, and in their surprising run for a top 5 spot, the other Istria side was able to win 1-0 with their goal courtesy of Amanuel Bsrat. A good win for them as they continue to apply pressure to the teams ahead of them in the table. On Saturday, you had some quality games- the Herzegovina Phoenix paid a visit to Askatasuna FC, and gave them a 4-0 pasting. The Busembe Timberwolves won their game, 2-1, over Corizova United, while the Hoima Warriors were able to notch a huge 1-0 away win over Mynda Electra. After this match, of course, that launched the Warriors all the way up to second place in the league table- the Warriors, after so many years of missing out on the UICA, in a Champions Cup spot?

The trio of Sunday games were entertaining. First, Kitara AA, who entered the weekend in second place, were taken apart, 3-1, by Jinja City FC. And Kitara AA was fortunate for the goal that they had- Jinja City FC had probably their most dominant performance of the season, outside of their pair of 4-0 dismantlings of league leaders Herzegovina City FC. Xilit-Yazac scored twice, while veteran striker Lin Moon, who seems more and more likely to leave the club after this season, scored the third. In a surprising result, for the second straight week, Gregory Banis’ Aissa United squad, 6 points behind Corizova in the sole relegation spot entering the week, was able to grind out an away draw against Istria City FC of all teams. Istria’s offense was up to the task, but the defense could not contain the last place side, as the embattled Gregory Banis saw striker Kawsu Mamela equalize in the 88th. Can Gregory Banis make the climb all the way out of relegation? And, in the nightcap, the league leaders, Herzegovina City FC, showed why they led the league. While Winad-Lenpi's side was able to come out to a 1-0 lead at halftime, thanks to Ousman Babaja, it would be Herzegovina City who would come back,

Rukunbi FC 1–0 Lakiska SC
Herzegovina City FC 0–3 Istria City FC
Aissa United FC 1–1 Kitara AA
Jinja City FC 2–2 Bunyoro RSC

Hawabark Boulders 0–3 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busukuma Force 0–1 Mynda Electra
Hoima Warriors 0–1 Busukuma AC
Lwanga Lions 0–1 Askatasuna FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 5–1 Corizova United
Busembe Timberwolves 3–0 Isipongo Flash

And now, the game of the weekend, our Saturday noon kickoff- Istria City FC travelling to Herzegovina City, for the renewal of the North v. South rivalry. A rivalry between Moravica’s two major cities, the region’s, and the country’s, major ports, the former capitol cities of Banija(and her predecessors), it one of Banija’s biggest. The rivalry, of course, is best exemplified in college football, with the ferocious battles between Loyola-Istria and Northern Moravica in the NSCF. And even though both have major rivals in their own city- Herzegovina City looking at the Phoenix, and Istria City with Rukunbi, it is these two teams that compete for titles. And therefore, all eyes were on Star Field when the two teams met. However, it was Istria City that would own bragging rights for the foreseeable future, as they went to Star Field, much like Jinja City FC did before them, and stomped on the league leaders, by a score of 3-0. Assefa Yitebarke, Jermaine Poole, and Ablie Kah were the goalscorers on the night, and quite a surprising result for a team that had opened an 8 point lead atop the table on the rest of the league. After that result, would anybody take advantage?

Jinja City FC was not going to be able to take full advantage of Herzegovina City’s falter. They drew 2-2 with Bunyoro RSC, as Reden Omar ran all over them. While he did not score, he assisted once, and essentially set up the second goal, where a nice dribbling move saw him hit the post and Waguespack simply tap in a rebound. They had searched in vain for three points, but unfortunately, they could not do so. Still, they closed the gap slightly. The Warriors could not make any progress at all up the table, as they fell to Busukuma AC, at home, by a score of 1-0. The contract situation of Brelk-Avarn is one of the many questions the capitol side faces as they enter into the season’s final third, and wins like this, over Super 5 clubs in, a rivalry game will certainly bolster his case. Aissa United FC earned yet another point as they try to continue their slow climb out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves, by holding on for dear life in a 1-1 draw with Kitara Athletic Association.

Busembe Timberwolves 0–2 Rukunbi FC
Isipongo Flash 2–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Corizova United 1–0 Lwanga Lions
Askatasuna FC 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Busukuma AC 0–2 Busukuma Force
Mynda Electra 0–0 Hawabark Boulders
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–3 Jinja City FC
Bunyoro RSC 1–0 Aissa United FC
Kitara AA 3–3 Herzegovina City FC
Istria City FC 1–3 Lakiska SC
AOCL Quarterfinal 1st Leg
Herzegovina City 3-3 Raynor City United(VAL)

You know, the Herzegovina City defense has not been the greatest this season- while they have certainly put on some great performances, they have often times needed some bailing out from other sources. And this remained true in their biggest match of the season so far- the first leg of the AOCL Quarterfinals, against Raynor City United of Valanora. It’s been, of course, quite a few weeks since they’ve played in this competition, but they were back at it. The two teams battled, flew up and down the field, and treated fans, especially neutrals, to an incredible show of fireworks. It would be Tsiavis, the Nepharim striker, who scored first in the critical match. But Raynor City United took a 2-1 lead into halftime, with a howler by Delbin Kasekende responsible for the second to put the Vanorian champions almost firmly in control. Herzegovina City responded with Rosie Tyler, but then Raynor City converted a penalty in the 75th- would their be enough time for the BSL champs to respond? The answer, on this night, was yes. Lucas Lucius Vit would be the man of the hour, in the 87th minute, to cap off a wild, 3-3 finish. But the bar is high for them. Raynor City United, obviously, has an advantage in terms of away goals, and as the teams travel back to Valanora for the second leg in a couple of weeks, Herzegovina City will not be able to hit them devastatingly on the counter- they’ll have to attack, withstand the counter, and find a way to win in Valanora, as a draw won’t do. Can they do what the national team failed to do, and pull off what would certainly be a massive win in Raynor at the crucial moment?

Anyways, back to the league. Rukunbi FC went to the Wolf’s Den, and they managed to avoid getting bit- they triumphed by a score of 2-0 over the Timberwolves. Amanuel Bsrat, once again, coming up clutch for the other Istria side on Friday night. Corizova United, who were being gained on by Aissa United at the bottom of the table, were able to pull out a clutch 1-0 home victory over the Lwanga Lions, which created space as Aissa United lost by the same score, but they were away to Bunyoro RSC. The Isipongo Flash beat the Herzegovina Phoenix by a score of 2-1 in Isipongo, and the Hoima Warriors, in a surprisingly difficult game, were able to go away from home and pick up all three points thanks to a late Ozalx-Mazur goal in the 87th minute at St. Sava Park. A big three points for the Warriors, as they were able to put pressure on their rivals elsewhere in the table. And, in our nation's capitol, the Busukuma Force picked up their second win over their archrivals in the capitol city derby, winning 2-0 away from home against Busukuma AC. Their official twii.tur account called themselves 'the pride of the capitol' after the sweep. It is the first time the Force, since their founding in Season 2, have taken 6 points from Busukuma AC in the season. Failure to beat their same city rival, of course, it certainly a set back for Brelk-Avarn Saf in their quest to shed the interim tag at the end of the season.

On Sunday, Herzegovina City and Kitara Athletic Association played to a thrilling 3-3 draw. Alan Bettles side went after Herzegovina City FC, who were seemingly tired after just playing a 3-3 draw a few days ago, during the week, against Raynor City United of Valanora. But Herzegovina City was up to the challenge, for the most part. While Kitara AA took advantage of first half sluggishness, they were able to punish the league leaders, with Nick Haller opening and Yuri Poltoranin scoring his first goal of the season, with a thunder strike in the 29th minute to see them open a 2-0 lead. But it would be Herzegovina City that would storm back. Rosie Tyler scored right before halftime, to make it 2-1. Tsiavis, the striker, scored on a breakaway to make it 2-2 in the 52nd, and it would be none other than Harald Fireblade who would score in the 65th to make it 3-2. A typical Herzegovina City comeback- how would Alan Bettles side respond? They came at their opponents fast, and had a few opportunities. But the game’s defining moment was in the 85th minute, when a cross came in, and Delbin Kasekende came out for it… and missed. The image of the goalkeeper leaping for the cross, not getting high enough, coming up with nothing, and landing on the ground in a heap as Jackson Oglobelo tapped the ball into the back of the net to make the score 3-3. Another howler for the aging captain of this squad, as criticism starts to build- can the all-time great really be manning the sticks as this team tries for yet another league title? In the nightcap, of course, it would be Lakiska SC who would get the win at Kabonero III, as Winad-Lenpi’s squad scored three times, all on the counter-attack, and stayed disciplined against the expert Istria City attack. A big win for them, as they try and hang onto their UICA hopes.

Rukunbi FC 2–0 Istria City FC
Lakiska SC 0–1 Kitara AA
Herzegovina City FC 0–1 Bunyoro RSC
Aissa United FC 1–4 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Jinja City FC 2–1 Mynda Electra
Hawabark Boulders 3–0 Busukuma AC
Busukuma Force 1–1 Askatasuna FC
Hoima Warriors 1–0 Corizova United
Lwanga Lions 1–1 Isipongo Flash
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Busembe Timberwolves

The Istria City Derby was on this day, on Friday night, with Istria City FC paying a visit to Eastern Stadium. Last week, one of the major headlines was the Busukuma Force’s upset over Busukuma AC, and their season sweep of that rivalry. The last time this rivalry was played, on Matchday 9, Istria City dismantled them at Kabonero III, beating them by a score of 4-0. But Rukunbi FC made a major statement here, with their defensive discipline and physicality leading to a 2-0 win in front of a raucous Eastern Stadium crowd. Friday nights in Istria, am I right? What emphatic scenes it was- and this means that much more, now that Rukunbi FC seem to find themselves in an unlikely position- a race for a UICA berth. The party on that side of Istria, naturally, lasted long into the night, as Rukunbi’s ultras stormed the field after the big win over their crosstown rivals. Will they get fined for that? Naturally. But that’s how much this rivalry means in this city, the club could care less, as long as they don’t have to play behind closed doors, which seems unlikely. Elsewhere in big news, Kitara Athletic Association had an important battle against Lakiska SC, and were able to win 1-0 over the Islander side. Herzegovina City found themselves on the losing side of things, once again on their home turf, by falling 1-0 against Bunyoro RSC. The opportunity to make the league title race that much tighter was, this time, taken by Jinja City FC, who powered their way to a 2-1 home victory over Mynda Electra behind Xilit-Yazac’s strike in the 7th minute, which was followed by a Malachi Gallagher goal. And, in quite surprising news, it’s been a bad two weeks for Brelk-Avarn. A loss at home to a crosstown rival is never good for any manager, I don’t care in what league you play in or even in what sport. However, following that poor effort up with this 3-0 debacle to the Boulders is borderline unacceptable. Brelk-Avarn criticized their players after the match, saying that they ‘needed to get their head back on their shoulders and play the damned game’.

Regardless, we then turned to Sunday’s games. The Hoima Warriors also took advantage of Herzegovina City dropping points at home, as they won at home as well, grinding out a 1-0 win over a Corizova United side that seemed determined to pick up points at PG Arena. Their goal came from what one might say is the unlikeliest of sources- Daluxolo Matshikiza, their left back. Do we have a title race once again? While Herzegovina City is most assuredly the favorites to win the league this season, especially considering the 8 point lead they had in the table after Matchday 25, they are seeing that lead slip. What seemed like an almost certainty that Emerson’s side would waltz their way to another league title is now riddled with uncertainty. IT will be an exciting one to watch as the season continues forward.

Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Rukunbi FC
Busembe Timberwolves 0–0 Lwanga Lions

Isipongo Flash 0–3 Hoima Warriors
Corizova United 2–2 Busukuma Force
Askatasuna FC 0–1 Hawabark Boulders
Busukuma AC 1–0 Jinja City FC
Mynda Electra 1–2 Aissa United FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Herzegovina City FC
Bunyoro RSC 0–1 Lakiska SC
Kitara AA 2–2 Istria City FC

For this week, we’ll start at the bottom of the table, in our Saturday night game- Aissa United against Mynda Electra. In what is a massive result for their efforts to climb back up the table, for the first time in what feels like forever, Aissa United breathed some life into their campaign to avoid relegation by taking all three points. And, naturally, they did this in an away game. They were able to travel to Mynda Electra, score a pair of quick goals, in the 8th and the 12th minutes, and then they held on for dear life as Mynda Electra battled away at them. Their defense, while conceding in the 56th, was able to bend, but not break, and Gregory Banis punched the ground three times in celebration. Corizova United only earned a single point earlier in the day against the Busukuma Force, meaning that they closed the gap by two points. Aissa United management took the opportunity to reaffirm their faith in Gregory Banis, saying that ‘Banis has managed here for many years, and has earned the right to fix this ship. We are confident in his ability to do so’. Elsewhere, the Hoima Warriors won big in Isipongo, with Grayson’s side defeating the Flash by a score of 3-0, and Jinja City FC did not earn a single point, as Busukuma AC responded to a pair of poor efforts by defeating Jinja City FC 1-0 at home. They were the best times, they were the worst of times, at Busukuma AC. Is Brelk-Avarn the answer?

Regardless, on Sunday, Herzegovina City was able to grind out a 1-0 win against Umbazi Metropolitan SC, with the help of a 64th minute own goal by center back Clarice Easter, from Chromatika. The two later games on Sunday, however, were the most interesting. Lakiska SC paid a visit to Bunyoro RSC, the two teams that surprised everybody by storming up the table last season and putting themselves into the UICA conversation, with Bunyoro RSC just a point away from winning the whole league. Lakiska SC won, 1-0, in a tight, tense, and physical, as the defense completely bottled up Reden Omar. And, in the nightcap, Kitara Athletic Association hosted Istria City FC, the two teams not separated by that much distance. However, they split the spoils in northern Kitara, as neither team was really ever to take a stranglehold on the game, and they finished at a score of 2-2.

Rukunbi FC 2–0 Kitara AA
Istria City FC 2–1 Bunyoro RSC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Mynda Electra
Aissa United FC 1–0 Busukuma AC
Jinja City FC 2–0 Askatasuna FC
Hawabark Boulders 3–0 Corizova United
Busukuma Force 2–2 Isipongo Flash
Hoima Warriors 1–2 Busembe Timberwolves
Lwanga Lions 1–3 Herzegovina Phoenix
AOCL Quarterfinal 2nd Leg
Raynor City United(VAL) 0-1 Herzegovina City (Herzegovina advances to AOCL semifinals 4-3 on aggregate)

And now, for the return trip- Herzegovina City going back to Raynor City, the same city where the Kadongo Kamu saw their World Cup hopes dashed extremely late in the match by a stronger Pasargan side. Of course, Abate Brehanu was on the field for the end of that one, remembers that- how much does that effect this match? Not much- 9 of Herzegovina City’s 11 starters are foreign nationals, but for fans, of course, it is something that will not easily be forgotten. Herzegovina City had an incredible difficult task on the day. A draw would not be enough- they would need to go out and score at least once, and, in all likelihood, win the match. But you had a Raynor City crowd against them, and a stronger opponent on paper. They wouldn’t be able to dominate the ball like they can do in the BSL, they’d have to sit back and defend, and still find a way forward. Be clinical. The opportunity came for them to pull off the stunning upset in the 24th minute. An interception by Fireblade saw him play a ball over the top, and Tsiavis, taking advantage of a Raynor City defender who slipped, was able to go and get the ball behind the defense. He chipped the goalkeeper beautifully, and all of a sudden, they led 1-0 on the night, and 4-3 aggregate. Luck a big factor, of course. But what next? Over an hour of defending. And, collectively, many played the games of their lives. Kasekende, much maligned in recent weeks, had a vintage goalkeeping performance. He pulled off 7 saves, and 5 of them in the second half. Did not let their opponents past them. Some luck on their side, of course, as the one time Kasekende was beaten on the night, you had Felix Millar sprinting back for a goal line clearance when Kasekende was chipped. The midfielders, especially Brotzmann and Fireblade, were excellent in staying in front of their opponents, timing tackles correctly, and making interceptions. Once the final whistle blew, the crowd in Valanora was mostly shocked, but stunned celebrations from the defending BSL champs- for the first time ever, in the semifinals of an international club tournament.

And now, back to the league. There was no emotional hangover after what surely must have been a draining victory for Herzegovina City. They were able to come back to Star Field and take care of business, with AOCL chants all over the stadium, as they won, 1-0 over Mynda Electra. But other teams worked hard to keep pace with them. Rukunbi FC, of course, won 2-0 on their home field, against the Kitara Athletic Association, while Istria City FC beat Bunyoro RSC 2-1, also in the city of Istria. But the biggest result of the day, and frankly, the most surprisingly of the weekend, happened at the Hangaza Unified Stadium, a stadium that sits 55,000. The fans piled into the match, and were absolutely stunned- Aissa United FC, who won 2 of their first 28 league games, were winners for the second straight week, this time dispatching of Busukuma AC, a Super 5 club, at home, by a score of 1-0. They defended ferociously, and even though Busukuma AC had the lion’s share of possession, they could not break down the team of Gregory Banis. The stadium was rocking, and the fans were excited- there was a real race at the bottom of the table as well, and Aissa United FC, all of a sudden winners of two in a row, now looked as if they might climb straight out of the cellar. Even Gregory Banis the manager was excited, telling the press after the match that ‘this is the team he knows is capable of playing’. And with Corizova United getting beaten fairly badly, 3-0 by the Boulders, and Askatasuna FC falling away from home to Jinja City FC, those points are looking crucial right now. Instead of a distant last place, they are right there- and the pressure is now certainly heaping on to the first year BSL side.

What else happened this weekend? Well, the Timberwolves earned themselves a big away win as they continued to chase a UICA berth, as they walked into PG Arena and came away with a 2-1 victory for themselves against the Hoima Warriors. The race for those spots is continuing to get tighter, and Zachary Sols side is simply trying to keep pace after their red hot start to the season, where they were in first after 8 games and in 2nd after 16th. What an opportunity this would be for him, and their club, if they were able to finish the season in the top 5, wouldn’t it? Anyways, Edgar Farsal-Smith had another excellent performance between the goalposts for the Timberwolves as their 2-1 victory reminded everybody, from the Warriors to everyone else, that Busembe was not only still here, but ready to challenge for their first ever UICA appearance.

Lwanga Lions 2–1 Rukunbi FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–1 Hoima Warriors
Busembe Timberwolves 1–1 Busukuma Force

Isipongo Flash 1–2 Hawabark Boulders
Corizova United 0–1 Jinja City FC
Askatasuna FC 2–0 Aissa United FC
Busukuma AC 1–0 Herzegovina City FC
Mynda Electra 0–1 Lakiska SC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–3 Istria City FC
Bunyoro RSC 0–1 Kitara AA

And to start, once again, from the bottom of the table. A massive matchup- Aissa United, winners of 2 in a row and all of a sudden not dead in the water, taking a trip to St.Sava Park to face Askatasuna FC. Entering the matchday, Aissa United is on 20 points, Corizova United 22 points, and Askatasuna FC 24 points, as the three teams at the bottom of the table. So, of course, a big game for both teams to try and avoid relegation. But it was Al Iska's squad who made a statement on the night, as they picked up all three points at home in a huge 2-0 win over Aissa United. Their pair of veteran strikers, Alulawe Ju and Rada Ezera, both scored in the second half in this win that gives them breathing space from the bottom of the table. While they are certainly not out of the water, they are now 7 points ahead of Aissa and 5 ahead of Corizova with 7 matches to play. A huge step towards ensuring their participation in the BSL next season. Looking elsewhere in the week, both the Hoima Warriors and Busembe Timberwolves would settle for 1-1 draws, as the Force drew the Timberwolves while the Warriors could not break down the Phoenix.

We already mentioned the fact that Corizova United lost- with Lin Moon being the sole goalscorer in Jinja City's 1-0 away victory. That was a big deal, as Busukuma AC, inconsistent as ever this season, notched a huge win, 1-0 over Herzegovina City. They, of course, had an emotional win the week prior in the AOCL, and while they were able to maintain their form against Mynda Electra, that's impossible to do forever, and a trip to the nation's capitol finally felled the defending champs. If one didn't think this before, it is certainly true now- we have a true title race on our hands. The Warriors and Jinja City both nipping at the heels of Herzegovina City, but can one of them claim the top spot in the table, one that Herzegovina City have held since Matchday 14? In the Sunday games, both Kitara Athletic Association and Istria CIty claimed important away victories to not only gain on Herzegovina City, but help increase their chances of obtaining berths in UICA competition this season.

Rukunbi FC 0–2 Bunyoro RSC
Kitara AA 2–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Istria City FC 3–1 Mynda Electra
Lakiska SC 0–1 Busukuma AC
Herzegovina City FC 6–0 Askatasuna FC
Aissa United FC 1–1 Corizova United
Jinja City FC 1–3 Isipongo Flash
Hawabark Boulders 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Busukuma Force 1–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Hoima Warriors 2–1 Lwanga Lions

And now, for Matchday 32. Once again, we'll start with our coverage of the relegation race. Askatasuna FC had an important victory against Aissa United, but they were no match for the league leaders. Herzegovina City put 6 goals past them in a 6-0 victory that expanded the gap at the top of the table between them and Jinja City. There was another important bottom of the table matchup, between Aissa United and Corizova United. Both teams, with a win, would have a chance to make a serious statement. And though Aissa United scored first, their opportunity to get out of the BSL cellar at hand, Kody Hansen equalized for Corizova United in the 82nd minute, which was enough to split the spoils. This race is wide open now- 6 point gap after Matchday 24 between 19th and 20th, and now, only 2. Which team can eke out enough points to avoid relegation back to the regional leagues? Elsewhere in the league, on Saturday, Istria City and Kitara Athletic Association both won at home to keep themselves in pole position to reach those coveted UICA berths.

Busukuma AC got its second straight big win over a quality club, this time defeating Lakiska SC on the South Island, by a score of 1-0. Is Brelk-Avarn showing their worth? Ferran Rey won a league title, of course, but ever since the league title his reign became a disaster- a 10th place finish last season, followed by earning just 4 points over the first 8 games. Brelk-Avarn is trying to get the capitol club back into the UICA, and though they are on the outside looking in, they are certainly not out of it yet... Just 4 points separate them from fifth place. Sunday's games were highlighted, of course, by the victory of the Hawabark Boulders over the Busembe Timberwolves, and the Warriors victory in the nightcap which vaulted them to 2nd place. And now, with just 6 games left in the season, we are left with the following table.

League Standings after Matchday 32
Banijan Soccer League          Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Herzegovina City FC 32 19 6 7 57 37 +20 63
2 Hoima Warriors 32 17 7 8 46 30 +16 58
3 Jinja City FC 32 17 6 9 61 39 +22 57
4 Kitara AA 32 15 10 7 39 30 +9 55
5 Istria City FC 32 15 9 8 74 42 +32 54
6 Rukunbi FC 32 16 5 11 39 39 0 53
7 Busembe Timberwolves 32 15 7 10 40 30 +10 52
8 Busukuma AC 32 16 2 14 35 34 +1 50
9 Herzegovina Phoenix 32 13 9 10 39 28 +11 48
10 Hawabark Boulders 32 15 3 14 44 38 +6 48
11 Bunyoro RSC 32 14 6 12 41 38 +3 48
12 Lakiska SC 32 13 8 11 31 23 +8 47
13 Mynda Electra 32 11 10 11 31 27 +4 43
14 Busukuma Force 32 10 11 11 35 39 −4 41
15 Isipongo Flash 32 10 7 15 27 42 −15 37
16 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 32 9 5 18 35 49 −14 32
17 Lwanga Lions 32 8 7 17 26 43 −17 31
18 Askatasuna FC 32 7 6 19 25 62 −37 27
19 Corizova United 32 4 11 17 23 50 −27 23
20 Aissa United FC 32 4 9 19 30 58 −28 21

What are the most important games left to play?

We have seen the table- we have seen the tightness on both ends. While Herzegovina City look to be the favorites to wrap up their second straight title, the third of Emersons' four year tenure and their fifth in the last 7 seasons, everything else seems wide open. A number of teams in contention for the second UICA Champions Cup spot, and a whole host of teams competing for the Globe Cup. And not to mention, the three teams in the relegation battle. Here, we'll talk about the five most important games left on the schedule.

1. Matchday 36- Jinja City vs. Hoima Warriors- Hoima beat Jinja City 2-0 on Matchday 17 in Hoima

A match that is going to have a huge importance on who gets the BSL’s second UICA Champions Cup spot, is Jinja City FC hosting the Hoima Warriors at BCEL stadium on matchday 36. In the reverse leg, Hoima notched another of a number of big wins that they’ve had this season, by defeating Jinja City 2-0. Let’s set the stage for this, shall we? There is only one point that separates these two in the table, with Hoima in 2nd on 58 points and Jinja City on 57, just one place behind in the league table.

These two teams have been neck and neck all season, and while Herzegovina City looks likely, after this past weekend’s results, to end up winning the league title at some point, this game will matter for two reasons. The first, being that these two are the next two best teams in Banija, and the winner, if there is one, will certainly be the favorites to then get the league’s second BSL spot. The second, being that if Herzegovina City slips up between now and Matchday 36, the importance of this game will be ramped up- it will likely determine which one of these teams is Herzegovina City’s most credible threat to a fifth league title. All eyes will be on BCEL stadium that week- which team will respond to the pressure?

2. Matchday 38- Herzegovina City vs. Hoima Warriors- Two sides drew 2-2 on Matchday 19 in Hoima

Now, of course, we go to the final matchday of the season. The Final Day is always fun- all games played on Sunday, with just two kickoff times- some teams kicking off at 5 PM locally, and the others at 1. The chaos that the final day brings, of course, is wildly entertaining. Now, we don’t know what teams will be left in the title race, but here’s what we do know. These two teams are top 2, right now. If Herzegovina City(or indeed, another team) hasn’t won the league by the time this matchday comes around, then all eyes will certainly be on Star Field, and the pressure will be on Brian Emerson. How will the squads react?

Now, of course, if Herzegovina City hasn’t clinched the league by matchday 38, it figures to be either Jinja City or Hoima(or both) that would be offering a credible challenge for the throne. Hoima would have a chance to go to Star Field and pull off what would be an incredible win, playing spoiler. Or, of course, the stakes could be much higher for them as well- what if this game was a de facto league title match? That would be incredible. The excitement would be through the roof- and so, indeed, would the ratings. And what a journey that would be for the Hoima Warriors, who haven’t even made UICA competition in 6 seasons, who constantly get wailed on for choking, to be in a position, on the final day, to win the league against the singular team that has dominated the BSL since Season 2? That would be storybook. However, the Warriors have to get themselves to that point first, which a lot must happen to get to that point. However, crazier things have happened in this world- will that be the case this season?

3. Matchday 33- Busembe TImberwolves vs. Jinja City- Busembe won 2-1 on Matchday 14 in Jinja City

This match is this upcoming week, and this is the most important match of the weekend. This will help setup the importance of the matches ahead. The Busembe Timberwolves, of course, will be playing their first game under new ownership(see below) at the Wolf’s Den. Jinja City FC will be playing with their hair on fire, 6 points off pace for the league lead, but just 1 point off pace for the UICA Champions Cup. Can they get to that spot? Picking up points here will be essential for them, especially if the Warriors pick up all three points on this very weekend.

It is crucial for the Timberwolves as they chase the UICA Globe Cup. They are simply two points off the last UICA Globe Cup berth, but Rukunbi FC is one space ahead of them, while Istria City FC is in the fifth place spot. There are only so many games left- the ability to drop points and still reach UICA competition is certainly limited for the teams remaining in the competition, and that is as true for the Busembe Timberwolves as it is for any team in the competition. Just as Jinja City will be pressing, the Timberwolves, in front of their home fans and new ownership, will be looking for a win. It will be a major setback if a team here takes a loss- and for the Timberwolves particularly, it could leave them out to dry. Regardless, it will certainly be an interesting one to follow.

4. Matchday 37- Busembe Timberwolves vs. Istria City- Busembe won 1-0 on Matchday 18 in Istria

And back to the Wolf’s Den- the Timberwolves will host Istria City on penultimate weekend of the season. The Timberwolves won the first time they played this game, and that was a trip to Kabonero III Field. Both Kitara teams are sprinting towards UICA competition, and with Istria City currently occupying the fifth place spot, and with it the last possible UICA Globe Cup berth, it will be yet another opportunity for the Timberwolves to prove themselves, under new ownership.

Their final time playing at the Wolf’s Den will be crucial to what has been an out of nowhere season. A season that started so strongly, but then yet deviated back to the mean after tragedy, and now they are on the edge of what would be a stunning accomplishment, which is making the UICA Globe Cup. And yet, while they are on the edge of that, the Season 7 RBSA Cup champions are not there yet. They are two points off pace behind Istria City, and this will be their best opportunity to overtake Istria City, for obvious reasons. It will be a raucous crowd at the Wolf’s Den. Finishing simply in the top half would be a nice season, a solid improvement. But a shock UICA berth? It would be the resurrection of Zachary Sols. The pride and joy of Busembe. Can they pull it off?

5. Matchday 38- Kitara AA vs. Busembe Timberwolves- Two sides drew 2-2 on Matchday 19 in Busembe

And now, we go to the final matchday once again- Kitara Athletic Association against the Busembe Timberwolves. This rivalry doesn’t get much attention. And that’s natural, considering the Busembe Timberwolves were an expansion franchise. There isn’t much history between the Timberwolves and Kitara Athletic Association, who main rival historically was the Kitara Athletic Society. Even in our Basic Information section heading into the season, we did not highlight this rivalry as a major rivalry. And yet… here it is. Kitara is a strange region- a region that runs down from the outskirts of Istria, down the west coast, all the way towards the capitol. The region itself is seen as some sort of a conglomerate of ‘suburbs’. Northern Kitara(where Kitara AA is located) is generally regarded as part of Greater Istria, while southern Kitara is part of greater Busukuma, where Busembe is located.

There isn’t much in terms of civic pride for the region, which is unique among Banijan regions. This is because there is really no clan connected with the area’s population. And yet, all of a sudden, both of their teams are ascending at the same time. Kitara AA have for a few seasons now, and look ready to reap the prize. And now that is happening, the Busembe Timberwolves have come storming in, almost literally out of nowhere, to play a major role in the league. Is the balance of power changing? Is Kitara, of all places, becoming a footballing hotbed? With Busukuma AC’s struggles the past two seasons, this seems like the perfect chance for the Timberwolves to pick up fans. Will they? And, of course, a time to showcase the budding rivalry- can the often forgotten about region take its place on the center stage? With both clubs high quality, will this develop?

This is as good of a time as any for the rivalry to develop. It is almost certain that at least one of these clubs, on matchday 38, will be playing for a potential UICA berth- and it is quite possible that both of these clubs will be playing for their first ever UICA berth on the final matchday of the season. Who would’ve guessed that would have been possible at the beginning of the season? Certainly not this magazine. And yet, here we are. This will certainly be a game to watch on Matchday 38.

RBSA Cup Semifinals

RBSA Cup 6th Round
Lakiska SC 0–2 Dukuma SC
Corizova United 1–0 Kitara AA

And now, for the RBSA Cup semifinals! Lakiska City Fieled for the biggest Battle of the Islands in years- certainly since the creation of the Banijan Soccer League 9 seasons ago. While Lakiska SC and Dukuma SC have been rivals for years, well before the creation of the BSL, they have rarely played with high stakes- just bragging rights on the line. Both, even back in the days when the sport was organized solely on a regional basis in Banija, were not competing for titles. They generally languished as mid to lower table teams in the Northwestern, and when the sport went national, those two teams were, largely, languishing towards the bottom of the BSL table. Dukuma SC with their multiple last place finishes, and Lakiska SC not far behind them.

Then, of course, Season 8 happened. Dukuma SC had one too many bad seasons, and unfortunately for them, got relegated. Who knows when they'll be back in the BSL? But Lakiska SC's fate went in the opposite direction. While in Season 7, they almost got relegated, getting rescued by a midseason hiring of Winad-Lenpi Xlo, in Season 8 their form exploded. They went from 17th to 5th in one season, a stunning turnaround. Their highest ever finish in the BSL. And now, this season, saddled with expectation, they are not as strong, being 7 points off the pace for 5th place and in 12th place, but have certainly earned the respect of their colleagues.

Both teams have come on incredible runs to get to this point- the semifinals of the RBSA Cup. The opportunity for the two to play high stakes matches are rare, which is why Lakiska City Field had such an incredible atmosphere on this night. The Battle of the Islands, the only one all season, and the last one for who knows how long, that is also a cup semifinal? The anticipation on the Islands was high, to say the least. The one that you can't lose? But for the second straight season, the glass slipper seems to have found a foot in this tournament, as Dukuma SC came out with bragging rights with a 2-0 away victory, highlighted by a stunning bicycle kick by Kekoto Hairte. Twii.tur in the Busoga Islands was losing its mind as Dukuma SC, while relegated, now has the biggest victory in the history of this rivalry- an away win to clinch a berth in a cup final. What more could you want?

The other game saw a major upset as well. Corizova United is on the brink of relegation, just two points out of last place with six to play. Kitara AA is in the thick of the race for UICA berths, as they currently find themselves fourth in the league table. Kitara AA has 55 points compared to Corizova's 23 on the season. That makes the answer towards who is the favorites quite easily - though don't tell the teams on the field. Corizova United had a shock 1-0 win, with Kody Hansen being the difference in the 37th minute. And now, for the second straight season, it is a pair of small clubs in the final. The most recently relegated side, Dukuma SC, will be facing the most recently promoted side, Corizova United, for the RBSA Cup at the Stadium of the Restoration, as chaos continues to reign at this tournament.

Busembe Timberwolves Buyer confirmed

BUSEMBE, KTIARA- Alexis Bosanga has announced that the sale of her team has officially gone through, to Fadron Pizza of Taeshan. "I would first like to thank the people of Busembe, and Timberwolves fans, once again, for unifying together during these trying times." She told reporters. "The outstretch of support to my family will not be forgotten, and though we will no longer be involved in sports, we are committed to helping improve this city and this community. And, of course, being the #1 fans of this team."

"I would like to thank everyone who participated in the bidding process. This has been quite a whirlwind this season- and it has not distracted the performance of the boys on the field, who are certainly capable of making the UICA Globe Cup this season. But there were bids that were seriously impressive. And the bid that I had to accept, the one that I felt was best, was the bid of Fadron Pizza from Taeshan. I believe that they will be very committed to this city, and to the success of this team." A representative of the company was on hand for the announcement, and said that they were 'excited for the opportunity'.

There was another big announcement, coinciding, that the representative made. "In addition to growing our foothold and investing within Banija, especially in Busembe and the KItara region, we believe that growing links in the sport between Taeshan and Banija is in the best interests of the sport in both nations. After discussions with other owners, we have proposed an all-star game- one between the all-stars of Taeshan, and the all-stars of the Banijan Soccer League. Something that, of course, can become an annual tradition between the leagues to promote competition, and showcase talent. It is good for the growth of the BSL, good for the Timberwolves, and we believe that everyone will become winners from this arrangement."

While no price has been confirmed by Alexis Bosanga, the rumors are saying that the sale price was $72.5 million- significantly higher than the $40 million that Mynda Electra sold for. That reflects well on the financial success and viability of the league, in their first sale since Season 5. This also means that Miracle Entertainment was not sold the team. No comments were made on that bid by Alexis Bosanga. Miracle Entertainment, of course, also owns Miracle FC Izaki of Damukuni and Manechester City HC of the Equestrian States. Still, of course, the sale of this is complete, and an all-star game? Exciting times going forward for the BSL.
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Regional Leagues finish drama-filled regular season

Sororo City players celebrate a goal in Southern League play

And now, the regional leagues are complete! With the four leagues each having finished their seasons, we check in on them, for a second time, to see how they are doing. The seasons are finished- who has won their league? And, of course, the real drama is in the Northern League- was Duntho Sporting Club able to do enough to hold onto the lead they built throughout the first half of the season, and win their league for the third season in a row, therefore earning automatic promotion and cancelling the Promotion Playoffs for this season? And, of course, the Serie B Champions CUp- how did Bwubanza City do in the knockout stages of that tournament? Let's find out.

UICA Serie B Champions Cup Knockout Stages

Serie B Champions Cup Round of 16 First Leg
Bwubanza City 0-3 AFC Swanbridge(Brenecia)
Serie B Champions Cup Round of 16 Second Leg
AFC Swanbridge(Brenecia) 3-2 Bwubanza City
(AFC Swanbridge advances to Serie B Champions Cup quarterfinals 6-2 on aggregate)

First, we'll start with Chika Oluchi's Bwubanza City SC side in the Serie B Champions Cup. Unfortunately for the Banijan squad, they were matched with AFC Swanbridge of Brenecia- from a league much stronger than Banija's regional leagues. Therefore, the opportunity for the Banijan team to win this one was not large to begin with, but still- could they pull off the miracle run that Suwawa FC had just a season ago? This question was answered relatively quickly in the first leg, as at home, in front of 40,000, Bwubanza City SC were simply outclassed by AFC Swanbridge, as a 3-0 shredding in the Bunyoro region quickly put to rest any hopes that Bwubanza City SC could make a deep run into the Serie B Champions Cup.

Down 3-0 going into the 2nd leg in Brenecia, and those being three away goals, one must give credit where credit is due- Bwubanza City did not simply roll over and take a beating in Brenecia. A full strength Bwubanza City squad played much better in this leg, having much more possesion than in the 1st leg, and not seeming too taken by the moment. They played with heart. It wasn't enough on the day however- the Brenecian squad was far too talented for Bwubanza City SC. Bwubanza City actually had a 2-1 lead at one point in the second half, but a 72nd minute equalizer led the way to a winner in the 1st minute of stoppage time for the home side, as they won 3-2 on the night, and 6-2 on aggregate. Deserved winners, but after the second leg, Bwubanza City can at least hold their head high, despite the final aggregate scoreline.

Northern League

Northern League                Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
2 Duntho Sporting Club 44 22 11 11 79 48 +31 77
3 Luguyala Patriots 44 18 17 9 70 60 +10 71
4 Cerenus United 44 21 7 16 79 67 +12 70
5 Nanami Dragons 44 20 10 14 74 68 +6 70
6 Thayaferu United 44 17 14 13 77 70 +7 65
7 AFC Okahavi 44 18 9 17 55 57 −2 63
8 Selekawe Knights 44 16 10 18 52 62 −10 58
9 Okakameb City 44 15 10 19 60 64 −4 55
10 Garixas City 44 13 10 21 56 77 −21 49
11 Koksho City 44 12 4 28 52 80 −28 40
12 Gadive City 44 11 4 29 58 94 −36 37

The Northern League is where all the eyes were, and where the drama was. As almost everybody knows, Duntho Sporting Club was challenging to be the first beneficiaries of the Corizova rule- aka, teams that win their regional league three seasons in a row will automatically get promoted. And, of course, halfway through the season they were on pace to do that. 5 points clear at the top- nothing insurmountable when there are 22 games left in a season, of course, but having played the round robin twice already, Duntho Sporting Club was looking like they could be the best side. Could they keep up the form for the remainder of the season?

We talked about their challengers, and their potential challengers, at the halfway point of the season. The Patriots five points behind them, and Igulu City FC, a shocking 10 points behind them. Some early season struggles in the league for a team that, up to that point anyways, had great form during the RBSA Cup. But a 44 game season is a long season, and Igulu City FC decided to start and try to make a run up the table. Abraham Akampurira was on the hot seat for that league form, and if they had finished in that same position in the table where they had started, it is almost a guarantee that he would have been in the unemployment line after the end of the season.

Fortunately for him, his Igulu City FC side went on a tear. Only 31 points in the first half of the season, but 47 points in the second half of the season- an incredible turnaround. They went to chase Duntho Sporting Club, who saw the pressure continue to rise as Igulu City continued to win games and close the gap between the two sides. From a coronation, to a legitimate title race. The decisive moment in the title race came on the season's penultimate matchday. Going into that matchday, Duntho had 74 points, and Igulu City just 72. But while Igulu City was able to earn points, Duntho suffered a shock loss to Garixas City, as a Sani Jameel Hussain header Garixas City take all three points and saw Igulu City take the league lead for the first time all season. Both teams then proceeded to win emphatically on the season's final day, which crowned Igulu City the champions of the Northern League.

What a run by Duntho Sporting Club. Two straight seasons as league champions, and spending the lion's share of this season in the lead- only to fall short at the season's end. Now, of course, in a quadruple round robin league, no league champion wins their league undeservedly, and you can't take Igulu City's second half run away from them, even if they got crushed in the RBSA Cup Quarterfinals because of it. Nobody will remember that though- the Promotion Playoffs are officially on for this year. The Corizova rule remains a difficult hurdle for teams to take advantage, as winning a regional league three times in a row is quite the task. But still- the run of excellence they've had in the Northern League for the last three seasons deserves to be applauded. But now, of course, a red hot Igulu City FC will enter a playoff we didn't even know would happen until the final day. Can their momentum carry forward to the BSL Promotion Playoffs?

Northwestern League

Northwestern League            Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
2 Barmos United 44 22 14 8 78 53 +25 80
3 Dukuma SC 44 20 8 16 82 74 +8 68
4 Jaribga Soccer Club 44 18 11 15 69 52 +17 65
5 Nezrouch Rovers 44 18 10 16 73 69 +4 64
6 AFC Kosactus 44 18 9 17 65 65 0 63
7 Eastern Moravica FC 44 15 14 15 67 69 −2 59
8 Koszagard City 44 18 5 21 69 75 −6 59
9 Taramazna United 44 15 11 18 68 68 0 56
10 Tripoli Foresters 44 13 6 25 57 86 −29 45
11 Slobochia Bears 44 9 14 21 58 76 −18 41
12 Tezirbu Foxes 44 9 11 24 47 84 −37 38

Suwawa FC was the most dominant side in the regional leagues entering the halfway break, with a 12 point lead in the league table. Now, of course, as we know, league leads aren't exactly insurmountable- see the Northern League, anybody? But Suwawa FC never relaxed, never rested on their laurels, and never looked back. They kept racing forward, going to try and win their second league title in the next three seasons, and this team did so. They clinched the league title on Matchday 41, with three games to play, when they beat the Nezrouch Rovers in a relatively routine 2-0 win at home.

The biggest question for the champions, then, in the last three games of the season was this- will they have a chance to earn promotion? And they learned, on the final day, that they would indeed have the chance to win promotion. Their season was dominant- they earned more points than any other regional league side, and by quite a bit. They had 95 points on the season, while the next best team in any of the other regional leagues had 83 points. They've spent the season shredding the Northwestern League, whose previous champions, Corizova United, are in the RBSA Cup Final while finding themselves on the brink of relegation back into the regional leagues.

Not much else to add- the season was all Suwawa FC, 100% of the way through. They were the dominant team from start to finish, and are much deserved champions, with a 15 point gap at the top of the table between them and second place Barmos United- who are looking at a 12 point gap between them and third place Dukuma SC. The other thing of note for this season is that this is certainly a watershed moment for Busoga Islander squads. There is, of course, Jaribga Soccer Club's run to the RBSA Cup title, a Kabaka's Cup title, and a knockout stage win in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. Dukuma SC and Lakiska SC both made the semifinals of the RBSA Cup, playing each other. It's the league's second straight season putting an Islander squad into the RBSA Cup Final. And Islander squads finished, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in this league, their first time occupying a majority of the league's top 5. While their best squad was 27 points off the pace set by Suwawa FC, it shows the strength of talent is rising on the Busoga Islands.

Lower Coastal League

Lower Coastal League           Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Capitol City FC 44 24 11 9 92 62 +30 83 - LEAGUE CHAMPION; ADVANCES TO BSL PROMOTION PLAYOFF
2 Zakuta Citiy 44 22 11 11 74 52 +22 77
3 Dimbogourou SC 44 22 8 14 75 63 +12 74
4 Djoro Athletic 44 21 9 14 70 62 +8 72
5 Baleweye FC 44 18 11 15 75 65 +10 65
6 Kabakono Citiy 44 17 14 13 83 75 +8 65
7 AFC Akwadua 44 18 10 16 63 69 −6 64
8 Kiala Athletic Society 44 15 10 19 60 70 −10 55
9 Mamari City 44 14 11 19 52 63 −11 53
10 Nsade United 44 13 11 20 61 74 −13 50
11 Kwadama Dojo 44 9 9 26 55 77 −22 36
12 Ogbordu Diamond FC 44 8 11 25 62 90 −28 35

And now, for the Lower Coastal League. We outlined the incredible story of Dimbogourou SC the last time we gave an update on the regional leagues- from cellar dwellars to full fledged world beaters. The question was, however, could one of the league's smallest clubs, and historically least dominant, rise all the way to the top over the course of an entire season? That question was answered, and disappointingly for them, they could not hold the top spot. Still, a third place finish is a great finish for them- a great season, considering their history.

Who, then, would step up in the Lower Coastal League to challenge for the throne? This was a chaotic season- the defending champions, Baleweye FC, finished all the way in fifth. You would have traditional challengers, like Capitol City FC, step up. With veterans like Solomon Devonte making their last hurrah, they aimed to torpedo the club to the top of the table. Capitol City FC, of course, has always believed that they should've been in the BSL instead of the Busukuma Force, and they are doing their best to join the pair of capitol sides to be the first Banijan city with three sides in the top flight at once.

Both Dimbogourou SC and Zakuta City fought hard, but Capitol City FC was simply not going to be denied. Kabakono City finished an extremely disappointing 6th place- which, of course, meant that 2nd year manager Juma Ouattara would be shown the door, as he was fired immediately after the final day. Capitol City FC had the title wrapped up on the penultimate matchday of the season, and spent the final day in celebration, as Duntho Sporting Club not winning their league meant that they'd have the opportunity to compete in the BSL Promotion Playoffs. They have fierce competition, of course- but can they win that promotion slot?

Southern League

Southern League                Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Sororo City 44 24 11 9 88 48 +40 83 - LEAGUE CHAMPION; ADVANCES TO BSL PROMOTION PLAYOFF
2 Dodoma City SC 44 25 8 11 97 63 +34 83
3 Umbazi FA 44 21 8 15 63 55 +8 71
4 Byakado City 44 19 12 13 77 70 +7 69
5 Bwubanza City SC 44 17 12 15 83 74 +9 63
6 Abomfa United 44 16 11 17 49 56 −7 59
7 Busemlu Park SC 44 13 18 13 66 63 +3 57
8 Boufaya Ravens 44 15 12 17 63 63 0 57
9 Amaku City FC 44 14 13 17 74 90 −16 55
10 Mukegara Warriors 44 15 8 21 64 76 −12 53
11 Kigagana Mountaineers 44 9 10 25 50 79 −29 37
12 Pumbasa Boars 44 8 13 23 49 86 −37 37

ANd lastly, of course, for the most drama filled league of them all- the Southern League. First, let's talk about the defending champions, Bwubanza City. After their elimination from the Serie B Champions Cup, they were able to focus their efforts on the league and climb to a respectable fifth place, from the 9th place that they were in at the halfway point of the season. A respectable finish- but still a long cry from their league title. That finish saw Chika Oluchi, the 2nd year manager, shown the pink slip as well.

But enough of what happened there- what happened at the top of the table? Sororo City and Dodoma City had separated themselves at the beginning of the season, and that separation absolutely remained true. These were the league's two best sides on the season, and they played like it, establishing a big gap between themselves and the rest of the league, as they traded the top two spots between each other for the majority of the season.

IT came down to the final matchday- Sororo City with 82 points, and Dodoma City with 80. The teams, of course, kicking off at the same time. DOdoma City was away from home, and they were cruising, going up 2-0 early on. The pressure, then was on Sororo City. A draw would be enough with their goal difference advantage(barring an 8 goal Dodoma City win, of course). Sororo City was content playing for the draw at home, and it looked as if that would be enough, especially when a Mus'ad Asad Abdulrashid goal put them up 1-0 in the 60th minute.

But as Dodoma City cruised away from home, things started to fall apart for Sororo City. The Osarius winger, Cristiano Mazza, scored for Busemlu Park in the 77th minute, and all of a sudden, the score was 1-1. Still champions if all results held, of course, but the nerves were starting to settle in for the crowd. Sororo City packed it in, and went all out defense. Busemlu Park had one more opportunity to deliver the title to Dodoma. Mazza was fouled in the 87th minute, and they had a free kick from about 23 yards. It would be the New Cloudsdale national Fion Fiedler who would take the free kick. The ball was struck, and beat 39 year old Sororo City goalkeeper Seedy Dabo, but the ball hit the crossbar and was cleared. That was the final opportunity for Busemlu Park, as a mixture of both joy and nervous relief poured out from Sororo City as the final whistle blew, and they were crowned champions on goal difference.

When results came from the Northern League, Sororo City fans celebrated even more- they would have the opportunity to earn promotion. The four teams in the BSL Promotion Playoffs are in- Sororo City, Suwawa FC, Igulu City FC, and Capitol City FC. As a reminder, the format is fairly simple. The four champions are randomly drawn against each other for two-legged ties, which are the semifinals. The away goals rule, of course, applies. The winner of each tie will advance to the BSL Promotion Playoff Final, which is always held at the Stadium of the Restoration. The winner of that match gets promoted to the BSL, while the other three squads will qualify for the UICA Serie B Champions Cup.

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The Banijan Youth League is a relatively new creation by the Royal Banijan Soccer Association, and it is in its second season. It was created at the Season 7 owners meetings, with many owners worried about the development of talent within the national pipeline. With all 68 teams in the pyramid having youth teams being financially unfeasible, the Royal Banijan Soccer Association commissioned the creation of 8 regional youth academies- one for each of the 7 regions of Banija, plus one for the nation of the Busoga Islands, whose clubs participate in the Banijan soccer pyramid.

Players from the National Capitol Region, the only region to not have its own academy due to its size, are eligible to play in either the Kitara and Ankole regional academies. Each academy only has one team, and accepts players as young as 14, and as old as 18 years old. Each academy, of course, is required to have at least five members of its starting XI from the home region where it is based- while both the Kitara and Ankole regional academies are also required to each have one member of the starting XI from the National Capitol Region, coterminous with the city of Busukuma.

In terms of player eligibility, all players must maintain amateur status, as defined by the Royal Banijan Soccer Association, to maintain membership. This means, prior to them arriving at the regional youth academy, they cannot have played full-time professional soccer anywhere else, though they could have been in a foreign youth academy. Players are encouraged to participate in youth international tournaments if they are selected, like the Di Bradini Cup and the Sporting World Cup, as well as the Summer Olympic Games. Amaetur status is maintained if the player participates in a Baptism of Fire. However, participation for the senior national team in a competitive match outside of the Baptism of Fire- defined as the RBSA by a World Cup Qualifier, World Cup Finals Match, a Cup of Harmony match, or a senior regional tournament match/Independents Cup match, shall be deemed as having lost their amateur status. Maintaining amateur means that, upon graduation, they can play college soccer if not signed professionally.

The regional academies are maintained, financially, by the clubs that are in that region, both in the BSL and the regional leagues. Therefore, those teams are the only ones within Banija who have the eligibility to sign players from that regional academy. There is a bidding process at the end of the season for any players, and they can start playing in matchday 33 of the corresponding season. A player, of course, can decline his bid if he wishes to stay within the regional academy. The academies also provide a secondary education for all students, with people who finish their time at the academy, at the end of their age 18 season, also earning a high school diploma that is recognized throughout Banija. Players who do not go on to play professionally anywhere by age 21 are then eligible to admission to universities throughout Banija.

The league's commissioner is Sarh Sane. The former 16 year manager at Busukuma Athletic Club, he left the club after Season 5. He then joined the Banijan national team as the assistant manager during the latest World Cup Qualification campaign. He also holds the titles of Youth Development Director of the Royal Banijan Soccer Association. For this season, he has put an emphasis on bringing foreign talent to the Youth League, and the academies have signed 10 players from abroad into the youth system this season, a record.

Team Information
*Should be noted that all players are assumed to be Banijan nationality, and male, unless otherwise specified.

1. Moravica Regional Academy
This is the regional academy for Banija's richest region, the Moravica region. Located in the country's Northwest, the academy serves some of the country's biggest clubs- like Istria City FC, Herzegovina City FC, and Istria City FC. The academy itself is located in the regional capitol, in Herzegovina City. Considering the teams that participate in funding it, it is expected to be Banija's most prestigious youth academy- they have the resources,

The only problem with this youth academy, of course, is that there are strong regional rivalries within Moravica that they will have to bridge. Specifically- the Northern part of Moravica, anchored by Herzegovina City, is far different than Greater Istria, anchored by Banija's largest city in Istria, a city of three million people. There were talks, of course, of dividing this into two academies- but they decided against it, at least, for now. We'll see, however, if they can last. This academy also serves as a feeder to more clubs than any other, with 12 clubs eligible to draw players from it.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Herzegovina City FC, Istria City FC, Rukunbi FC, Herzegovina Phoenix, Corizova United
Northwestern League: AFC Kosactus, Taramazna United, Eastern Moravica FC, Slobochia Bears, Koszagard City, Barmos United, Suwawa FC

Manager: Isaiah Grecos. 45 years old.
Starting XI: 4-2-1-3
GK #1 Sulayman Diawara. 16 years old. From Herzegovina City, Moravica.
RB #2 Fafa Ngom. 15 years old. From Gulu, Moravica.
CB #4 Gianfranco Malvos. 18 years old. (Sticiano)
CB #5 Karamo Bajo. 17 years old. From Suwawa, Moravica.
LB #3 Sarjo Diene. 16 years old. From Istria, Moravica.
RDM #17 Baboucar Daramy. 18 years old. From Istria, Moravica.
LDM #20 Derell Montilibac. 18 years old. Captain. (Eshan)
CAM #10 Momodou Sene. 17 years old. From Iziarad, Moravica.
RW #11 Samba Ogunsola. 16 years old. From Vidizi, Moravica.
ST #9 Reece Gorbell. 18 years old. (Eshan)
LW #7 Foday Jallow. 17 years old. (South Detroit)
Moravica Catholic High School Multipurpose Field. Capacity of 4,000.

2. Islander Regional Academy
This academy services the Busoga Islands, the newly independent nation that spent nearly 200 years as an integral part of Banija. Of course, with independence only declared just a number of years ago, the Busoga Islander Football Association made an agreement with the RBSA to have seperate national teams, and yet, keep the six clubs that are on the Busoga Islands as full members of the Royal Banijan Soccer Association, participating fully in RBSA competitions, and follow all RBSA rules. With the clubs members of the RBSA, the RBSA would continue to operate as a single association entity in terms of entry into UICA and other international competitions.

And, of course, the Busoga Islander Football Association also agreed to not create, nor sanction, its own national club competition. The islander Regional Academy was controversially named- BIFA(Busoga Islander Football Association) wanted to name the academy the Busoga Islands National Academy of Football, while the RBSA wanted them to name it the Busogan Regional Youth Academy. BIFA didn't like the latter name because they were no longer a region- they were a nation, and wanted to reflect that status. The RBSA, meanwhile, didn't like the idea of an academy named the naitonal academy competing with a bunch of regional academies. The Islander Regional Academy name, of course, was the compromise- it would fit alongside the other academy with the word regional, and calling it the Islander Regional Academy was, both sides felt, ambigous enough that it didn't call the Busoga Islands a region directly. The academy itself is located in Dukuma, North Island, the nation's biggest city.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Lakiska SC
Northwestern League: Tezirbu Foxes, Jaribga Soccer Club, Nezrouch Rovers, Tripoli Foresters, Dukuma SC

Manager: David Kamu. 42 years old.
Starting XI: 5-4-1
GK #1 Ashwin Ghatori. 16 years old. From Lakiska, South Island. (Busoga Islands)
RWB #2 Anuj Mundra. 17 years old. From Lakiska, South Island. (Busoga Islands)
RCB #5 Chandan Somani. 15 years old. From Dukuma, North Island. (Busoga Islands)
CB #4 Govind Nigam. 18 years old. From Lowaga, South Island. Captain. (Busoga Islands)
LCB #6 Naveen Tayal. 16 years old. From Gangtok, North Island. (Busoga Islands)
LB #3 Tansu Mirani. 16 years old. From Herzegovina City, Moravica. (Busoga Islands)
RM #8 Daniyal Zubairi. 17 years old. From Dukuma, North Island. (Busoga Islands)
CM #13 Juba Marakinda. 17 years old. (Eshan)
CM #17 Mamdooh Shambhani. 17 years old. From Lakiska, South Island. (Busoga Islands)
LM #21 Barkha Visariya. 17 years old. From Khuzdar, North Island. (Busoga Islands), (Female)
ST #9 Sarika Birla. 16 years old. From Kharan, South Island. (Busoga Islands), (Female)
Dukuma Central High School Multipurpose Field; Capacity of 7,000

3. Bunyoro Regional Academy
The Bunyoro Regional Academy services, of course, the Bunyoro region. A rural region in Southern Banija, in the sporting world, the region is famous for its lacrosse team, Bunyoro RSC. Dominant within the club lacrosse scene within Banija, and considered a top club internationally, soccer is still king in this region. The academy is located in Byakado City, a smaller town within the region.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club
Southern League: Dodoma City Sporting Club, Kigagana Mountaineers, Mukegara Warriors, Byakado City, Sororo City, Amaku City Football Club, Bwubanza City Soccer Club

Manager: Leslie Francis. 62 years old.
Starting XI: 4-4-2
GK #1 Zikora DoDimma. 17 years old. From Kigagana, Bunyoro.
RB #2 Okechukwu Jelani. 16 years old. From Dodoma, Bunyoro.
CB #5 Chioke Uchie. 17 yeasr old. From Bwubanza, Bunyoro.
CB #4 Uzoma Uchey. 16 years old. From Istria, Moravica.
LB #3 Madu Akubundu. 18 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
RM #7 Chiamaka Ifeany. 17 years old. From Herzegovina City, Moravica. (Female)
CM #8 Gerol-Kresp Yet. 17 years old. (Qusmo)
CM #17 Lazari Di Campata. 18 years old. Captain. (Sticiano)
LM #11 Ifammah Zebenjo. 17 years old. From Bwubanza, Bunyoro. (Female)
ST #12 Mazo Okoye. 18 years old. From Bwubanza, Bunyoro.
ST #9 Obea Dike. 15 years old. From Dodoma, Bunyoro.

Byakado City Stadium. Capacity of 7,600. Shares with Southern League side Byakado City SC.

4. Buganda Regional Academy
Another Southern region, Buganda Regional Academy services quite a number of teams. The regional academy is naturally located in Umbazi- one of the region's larger cities. Servicing a number of different teams, the Buganda Regional Academy is ran by people who are fiercely proud of being from Buganda, known as the country's poorest region.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Isipongo Flash, Umbazi Metropolitan Soccer Club, Lwanga Lions, Hawabark Boulders
Southern League: Umbazi Footballers Association, Pumbasa Boars, Busemlu Park Sporting Club, Abomfa United, Boufaya Ravens

Manager: Cedric Willingham. 65 years old.
Starting XI: 4-4-2 Diamond.
GK #1 Kresp-Dynom Waz. 15 years old. (Qusmo)
RB #2 Ugonna Okeli. 17 years old. From Isipongo, Buganda.
CB #5 Ijeawele Jelanie. 18 years old. From Umbazi, Buganda. Captain.
CB #6 Chinwendu Ibezimako. 16 years old. From Umbazi, Buganda.
LB #4 Okechukwu Chineze. 17 years old. From Lwanga, Buganda.
CDM #3 Chibuzo Chidie. 16 years old. From Hawabark, Buganda.
RM #7 Chinasa Uzoch. 17 years old. From Lwanga, Buganda. (Female)
LM #11 ZeMicahel Susenyos. 18 years old. From Pumbasa, Buganda.
CAM #8 Paulos Bogale. 16 years old. From Umbazi, Buganda.
ST #10 Esra Einku. 17 years old. From Istria, Moravica. (Female)
ST #9 Beselot Aman. 18 years old. From Busemlu, Buganda.

Umbazi City Football Stadium. Capacity of 4,000. Serves as the varsity football & soccer stadium for the city's four high schools.

5. Kitara Regional Academy
Located in Western Banija, this region covers most of the Banijan western shoreline south of the Moravica region. Bordering the National Capitol Region on its Western edge, many suburban areas of the nation's capitol are in this region. It is not a region that is talked about- not a powerhouse economically, athletically, or politically, it is a region that is often ignored, as it is overshadowed by the regions that border it- Moravica to the North, and the National Capitol Region/Ankole region to the west.

As one of the regions paired with the National Capitol Region, of course, all three capitol clubs are eligible to draw from the regional academy, as well as the Ankole Regional Academy. The academy itself is located in Mamari, Kitara.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Busembe Timberwolves, Kitara Athletic Association, Busukuma Athletic Club, Busukuma Force
Lower Coastal League: Kabakono City, AFC Akwadua, Kiala Athletic Society, Djoro Athletic, Mamari City, Capitol City Football Club

Manager: Jombo Ndaw. 49 years old.
Starting XI: 3-6-1 Diamond.
GK #1 Ostis Pialo. 17 years old. (Sticiano)
RB #2 Hagos Zewedu. 18 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
CB #5 Petros Obi Joas. 17 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
LB #3 Issa Tegene. 16 years old. From Istria, Moravica.
RDM #4 Markos Ghidewon. 17 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
LDM #6 Tolla Amde. 16 years old. From Istria, Moravica.
RM #7 Anwar Dawit. 17 years old. From Busembe, Kitara.
LM #11 Amanuel Selassie. 18 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region. Captain.
RCAM #10 Fekadu Belendia. 17 years old. From Istria, Moravica.
LCAM #8 Abigail Admassu. 15 years old. From Kabakono, Kitara. (Female)
ST #12 Yivix-Nexev Opu. 16 years old. (Qusmo)

Mamari Valley Stadium, capacity of 4,800. Share a stadium with Mamari City.

6. Ankole Regional Academy
The region is both North and east of the National Capitol Region, in an area best described as South Central Banija. Home to one of Banija's largest cities in Hoima, located centrally within the nation at the Northern end of the region, the academy is hosted in that city of 1 million+ people. Like the Kitara Regional Academy, all of the capitol clubs are eligible to draw from the Ankole Regional Academy. The Kitara Region, of course, is host to fewer BSL teams than any region in the country- the Hoima Warriors. And with the Warriors also having the resources of being a Super 5 club, that city and that team tends to dominate the proceedings of this academy.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Hoima Warriors, Busukuma Athletic Club, Busukuma Force
Lower Coastal League: Kwadama Dojo, Nsade United, Dimbogourou Sporting Club, Zakuta City, Ogbordu Diamond Football Club, Baleweye Football Club, Capitol City Football Club

Manager: Obasi Ngulu. 45 years old.
Starting XI: 5-2-3
GK #1 Wanda Kouyaté. 17 years old. From Hoima, Ankole. (Female)
RWB #2 Sulayman Keita. 16 years old. From Hoima, Ankole.
LCB #21 Laity Touré. 16 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
CB #25 Awa Sene. 17 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region. (Female)
RCB #5 Kawsu Mboge. 16 years old. From Kwadama, Ankole.
LWB #14 Biran Ogunsola. 18 years old. From Hoima, Ankole. Captain.
RCM #8 Cyper Corr. 15 years old. From Herzegovina City, Moravica.
LCM #6 Immaculate Kaba. 16 years old. From Hoima, Ankole. (Female)
RW #11 Ablan Jaye. 18 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
LW #7 Alec Pogbranovic. 17 years old. (Eshan)
ST #9 Kausu Dione. 16 years old. From Hoima, Ankole.
University of Ankole Soccer Stadium. Capacity of 12,000

7. Aksum Regional Academy
The Aksum Regional Academy is located in Okahavi, Aksum. One of the two Northern regions of Banija, this is located in Northeast Banija- right alongside the Geisenfred border in the North. This academy is fairly acromonius- teams are known for working together for the common interest in this region, and this is no exception to that rule.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Mynda Electra, Askatasuna FC
Northern League: Luguyala Patriots, Thayaferu United, AFC Okahavi, Cerenus United, Koksho City

Manager: Xavier Best. 39 years old.
Starting XI: 3-1-2-1-3
GK #1 Abel Amare. 15 years old. From Sisonke, Kitara.
RB #2 Helek-Evela Mal. 16 years old. (Qusmo)
CB #5 Baluta Mendy. 17 years old. From Mynda, Aksum.
LB #3 Bouba Savaneh. 17 years old. From Askatasuna, Aksum.
CDM #4 Malik Ndiaye. 16 years old. From Askatasuna, Aksum.
RCM #6 Yama Dabo. 18 years old. From Herzegovina City, Moravica. Captain.
LCM #8 Lallo Daramy. 17 years old. From Mynda, Aksum.
CAM #10 Faraba Touré. 17 years old. From Mynda, Aksum.
RW #11 Kumba Marong. 17 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
ST #9 Makuto Diouf. 16 years old. From Luguyala, Aksum. (Female)
LW #7 Lafi Faye. 16 years old. From Mynda, Aksum.

Hills Stadium, capacity of 8,700. Share a stadium with AFC Okahavi.

8. Hangaza Regional Academy
Located in North-Central Banija, this region is dominated by Jinja City- a city of nearly 2.5 million people. It is Banija's largest inland city, and Banija's second largest city in general- Istria, Moravica, the largest, has 3 million. Of course, the academy is also located in the city.

Teams Serviced: Banijan Soccer League: Jinja City FC, Aissa United FC
Northern League: Igulu City FC, Nanami Dragons, Selekawe Knights, Garixas City, Okakameb City, Duntho Sporting Club, Gadive City

Manager: Reece Mokaté. 52 years old.
Starting XI: 3-4-1-2
GK #1 Ebrahim Tiyana. 16 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
RB #2 Kabiru Sowe. 17 years old. From Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
CB #5 Jibril Kouyaté. 18 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
LB #3 Sarah Kargbo. 16 years old. From Aissa, Hangaza.
RM #7 Sirif Jassey. 17 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
CM #8 Sulayman Dieye. 18 years old. From Igulu, Hangaza. Captain.
CM #13 Hatabu Biri. 17 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
LM #11 Sevet-Blonz Wek. 15 years old. (Qusmo)
CAM #10 Alaji Ouattara. 15 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
ST #6 Jebel Ndour. 17 years old. From Jinja City, Hangaza.
ST #9 Fara Sohna. 16 years old. From Aissa, Hangaza.
The Dragon's Nest. Capacity of 12,600. Shared with the Nanami Dragons & Selekawe Knights- located where the Nanami and Selekawe neighborhoods meet in Jinja City.[/i]

Moravica Youth Academy romp to first Youth League title

Moravica players celebrate league title

Banijan Youth League             Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Moravica Regional Academy 28 19 5 4 40 14 +26 62
2 Bunyoro Regional Academy 28 16 5 7 44 26 +18 53
3 Islander Regional Academy 28 16 3 9 37 27 +10 51
4 Ankole Regional Academy 28 13 8 7 46 27 +19 47
5 Buganda Regional Academy 28 8 7 13 16 24 −8 31
6 Kitara Regional Academy 28 8 6 14 23 29 −6 30
7 Aksum Regional Academy 28 6 6 16 26 51 −25 24
8 Hangaza Regional Academy 28 2 8 18 15 49 −34 14

HERZEGOVINA CITY, MORAVICA- The Moravica Academy, of course, is assumed to be the richest among all the leagues. And that is not a surprise- there are two Super 5 clubs behind it, while Busukuma AC splits resources between the Ankole and Kitara academies, and while Ankole gets the attention of the Hoima Warriors, others only get the resources of one, or possibly none, of the Super 5 teams. With that wealth disparity, of course, comes recruitment- which academies can get the best players? That is often MOravica, and though Bunyoro were the defending champs, there was no contest this season.

Now, of course, with academy leagues, it's about player development- and Banija has a unique setup, with clubs not in direct control of players within their academies. We imagine that there will be much hassle and bidding this offseason over who picks up who from their own academies- but who will be targeted? Who shined? Who has the best chance of playing for a BSL side next season, and who will be back in the academy, or the regional leagues next year? We'll go through a team by team review here of most teams and let you know who shined this season.

Moravica Regional Academy

The champions. An excellent season, winning 19 games in their quadruple round robin, a tough task for any side. They had the league's best defense, only allowing 14 goals in 28 games, showing their excellence throughout the course of the season. Where do we start with them? Well, a player who shined was Gianfranco Malvos, the defender from Sticiano. The 6'2 center back had an excellent season, anchoring the defense and winning the vast majority of tackles against opposition players. Of course, Moravican sides have the first rights to him, and as he's 18, he'll be graduating the academy. Rukunbi FC are looking like the frontrunners to sign the young defender.

Another reason that they had such a stellar defense, allowing just half a goal a game throughout the season, was because they defended with depth. Derell Montilibac, the Echani defensive midfielder, was everywhere for this team. Wide ranging and energetic, he has a little Orion Etzebeth. He only scored twice on the season despite 28 appearances, but there's lots of potential for him. Where will he play next year? While from the BSL sides in Moravica, Rukunbi FC looks likely to have a central midfield spot available, if they decline, then a team like the Lwanga Lions would be likely to swoop in. Other standouts this season for the Moravica Regional Academy were the 15 year old right back Fafa Ngom, and 18 year old striker Reece Gorbell, who both project to jump straight to the pros.

Bunyoro Regional Academy

The defending champs, they actually earned more points this season than they did when they won the title. When they won the title, they earned 50 points, and this season, they earned 53. Of course, the blistering pace set by Moravica meant that they were 9 points off the pace, despite improving upon prior form. This is a cruel game, isn't it? Local lady Ifammah Zebenjo was a star for the team, as the outside midfielder/winger used her left foot to devastating effectiveness as they mounted an ultimately futile title defense. She led the league in assists, with 9 on the season. There is no straightforward path to the BSL- Bunyoro RSC has a pair of young wingers already. But if she's willing to ply her trade in the regional leagues for a year or two, then she could go there.

Di Campata, from Sticiano, was also a standout performer for this team. Di Campata, rare for a young player, has the ability to play well with both of his feet, which gives him a sizeable advantage, comparatively speaking, with the rest of the Youth League. Di Campata has a lot of strengths, and his playmaking ability is chief among them. He'll certainly be playing professionally somewhere next year, though the where is the key question. Among Banijan clubs, if Bunyoro RSC doesn't bite themselves, this would look like a solid pickup for Sororo CIty, a team that is looking to get promoted themselves. Still, a good season for them regardless.

Islander Regional Academy

And now, of course, to the Busoga Islands. Due to, of course, political concerns, not called the Busoga Islands National Academy, they finished third on the season. There were, of course, 10 players from the Busoga Islands at this academy, plus the Echani midfielder Juba Marakinda . Known as a solid playmaker, Marakinda helped orchestrate the offense, and could never be ignored from long range, helping stretch the defense for his squad. This, of course, helped players like Tansu MIrani.

Tansu MIrani is also somebody that should be watched. The left back from Herzegovina City had a solid season, and while, for league purposes, chose the Busoga Islands, is eligible to play for both Banija and the Busoga Islands. Dual nationals, of course, are always interesting to follow- who will the lad choose to play for? It will be a while, of course, before the path to the Banijan national team opens up, and there is less competition for spots on the Islands, and he did play in the academy- but he was raised in Banija's oldest city. What direction will he go in? Regardless, that will be an interesting one to follow over the coming years, as both the RBSA(Royal Banijan Soccer Association) and the BISA(Busoga Islands Soccer Associations) will be competing over him.

Ankole Regional Academy

And now, of course, to Hoima. The academy dominated by a pair of big clubs- the Hoima Warriors, and Busukuma Athletic Club. The top half of the table had a much better season than the bottom half- Ankole, in 4th place, finished a stunning 16 points ahead of 5th place over the fifth place Buganda Regional Academy. Ankole, of course, led the league in goals, scoring 46 goals over the course of the 28 game season, pacing the league. Echani winger Alec Pogbranovic tore up his half of the field, torching defenders all season long as Ankole lit up the scoreboard.

16 year old striker Kausu Dione lit up the scoreboard entirely this season, as he pounced on a lot of opportunities created by Pogbranovic. That front trio for Ankole, rounded out by capitol boy Ablan Jaye, was absolutely devastating. Even though they scored the most goals, they finished mid table, as the defense was particularly weak. The entire back five struggled mightily throughout the course of the season. Another player who was up and down was the 15 year old, Cyper Corr. He had a mixture of both great and bonehead moments, needing to dramatically improve his focus levels. All in all, however, not a bad season for this academy.

Buganda Regional Academy

Despite their fifth place finish, and their lack of competitiveness for even the top half of the table, there were some bright spots for the team. They had the second best defense in the league, allowing 24 goals, with a solid performance from Qusmi goalkeeper Kresp-Dynom Waz. The genderless goalkeeper is just 15 years old, and therefore, there is certainly a strong chance that Kresp-Dynom could find themselves back in the academy. However, we deem that unlikely. A number of Buganda clubs, especially in the regional leagues, would likely take a stab, but we'll see if Kresp-Dynom wants to stay here and ply their trade, waiting for a chance at the BSL.

The captain, Ijeawele Jelanie, also had a strong season, manning the center back position for this academy. But other than that? Many other players struggled. They scored 16 goals on the season, a horrendous number. It is almost certain that Esra Einku, instead of going to the pros, is going to go to the college ranks, and likely play at Loyola-Istria. The chances of anybody at this club making a leap directly to the BSL, after a season like this? Are slim to none, at best. Plenty of room to improve.

Kitara Regional Academy

And now, of course, for the Kitara Regional Academy. A struggle for them, earning only 30 points over the course of the season, and earning themselves 6th place. They did have a bright spot though, and that was Ostis Pialo, the Sticiano national who played goalkeeper for the academy. While the player is only 6'0, and just 17 years of age, he had an excellent season himself. Of course, they allowed 29 goals, nothing to write home about him. But without him between the sticks, their defense could have been just as bad as the two teams below them. Outside of him, it was a large struggle this season. Not much else to write about.

Now, of course, the Aksum and Hangaza Regional Academies had disastrous years. Allowing 100 goals between them on defense, Hangaza earned just 14 points on the season through 28 games- an absolute travesty. Not really any player from either of the last two regional academies made enough of a name for themselves to seriously be talked about.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Part V


And now, of course, the season has been decided- the final six games have been played. What does the final table look like? How did it play out? Who will go to UICA compettion, and which side will be plying their trade next season in the regional leagues? You'll find out here, with all the analysis you need from the official partner magazine of the Banijan Soccer League.

Without further ado!

Hoima Warriors 6–2 Rukunbi FC
Lwanga Lions 1–1 Busukuma Force
Herzegovina Phoenix 3–0 Hawabark Boulders
Busembe Timberwolves 2–5 Jinja City FC
Isipongo Flash 1–1 Aissa United FC
Corizova United 0–5 Herzegovina City FC
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Lakiska SC
Busukuma AC 0–1 Istria City FC
Mynda Electra 4–1 Kitara AA
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–3 Bunyoro RSC

And we're here, on Matchday 33. At this point in the season, of course, every single game matters. Following the league title race, you had a pair of teams putting in their best efforts to try and catch Herzegovina City- Jinja City FC, and the Hoima Warriors. On Friday night, the Hoima Warriors made an emphatic statement at home, as they shredded Rukunbi FC by a 6-2 score at the PG Arena. Mark Grayson's side seemed to be hitting their full stride, with both Ozolx-Mazur Guv and Josef Lawerenz scoring, while Cobrio international Chizoba Emenanjo added a hat trick for the Warriors on the night. It was a dominating performance from the home side- they did not want to fall off hard towards the end of the season, like the Warriors had done so many years before. After 5 consecutive seasons away from UICA competition, is their squad finally strong enough to finish? And can they capture the ultimate goal- not only UICA competition, but even the Champions Cup appearance that is certainly in sight for them?

Well, of course, they are not the only parts of this equation. Jinja City FC is just one point behind them, and on Saturday, they put in a dominating performance away from home in Busembe, winning 5-2 against the Timberwolves. Alexander Bumba's side looked impressive, with Echani defender Matthias Prudenzio providing two assists on the night with a solid performance in Busembe. And speaking of the Timberwolves, they had such a hot start at the beginning of the season- and now, with this loss, are seeing their dreams of UICA competition fading fast. Zachary Sols has done an excellent job at the club, with frankly, operating with far less resources than the Super 5 clubs, and even clubs like the Phoenix and Kitara AA. But let's take a look at the team that those two were chasing- Herzegovina City. With those two large wins, the pressure was on with Herzegovina City facing Corizova United away from home. And Herzegovina City demolished a struggling Corizova side, winning 5-0. They seem to be in peak form at the moment, with this big win and last week's big win over Askatasuna FC. While, of course, those are two of the three worst teams in the league, the scorelines suggest a team that is well in form as they prepare for a monumental AOCL semifinal next week.

What else happened in the league? Aissa United continued their slow climb out of the bottom of the table, as a late equalizer by Amazonestan center back Osmar Tavares da Silva gave them a 1-1 draw away from home, and brought them just a singlular point behind Corizova United in the league table. Consider that, after Matchday 24, they were 6 full points behind in the table, this is certainly an improvement for them. Can sticking to Banis allow them to make the climb to safety? Banis should be worried about his long-term future at the club regardless, but still, a solid result. Elsewhere, Istria City FC earned all three points away from home in a tough 1-0 win over Busukuma Athletic Club, while Mynda Electra took apart Kitara Athletic Association, with the corporate owned side dominating the Sisonke side by a score of 4-1.

Rukunbi FC 1–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Bunyoro RSC 3–2 Mynda Electra
Kitara AA 0–0 Busukuma AC
Istria City FC 4–0 Askatasuna FC
Lakiska SC 2–0 Corizova United
Herzegovina City FC 7–1 Isipongo Flash
Aissa United FC 1–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Jinja City FC 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Hawabark Boulders 0–1 Lwanga Lions
Busukuma Force 0–2 Hoima Warriors
AOCL Semifinal 1st Leg
Herzegovina City 5-0 SW Stahlberg(STL)

And first, of course, to Star Field- Herzegovina City against the defending champions of Siovanija & Teusland, SW Stahlberg. Herzegovina City FC has been in bristling form as of late, and things were no different here in the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. They put on, what Brian Emerson called "our best performance since my arrival at the club", in a stunning, and historic, 5-0 blowout victory over SW Stahlberg. Star Field was rocking for their first ever AOCL semifinal, and the home side did not disappoint. They had 61% possesion, and outshot their opponents by 22 to 5, putting a stunning 13 shots on target, compared to SW Stahlberg's 2. Marcel Roux, the Echani midfielder, even told reporters after the game that the club was a "big game club", and that they thrived when the stakes were higher. And yet, the good news for Brian Emerson's side was not over at the final whistle, as Herzegovina City fans celebrated deep into the weekend.

Why were they celebrating into the weekend? Well, they came to Star Field, once again, and absolutely shredded the Isipongo Flash, by a score of 7-1. That means, in their last four competitive matches, they've won 6-0, 5-0, 5-0, and 7-1. They've outscored their opponents by a combined 23-1 over their last four competitive matches, with everything seemingly going right for the team chasing back to back league titles. They are in blistering form, and with the scoreline in the first leg of the AOCL, have already put a foot in Valanora for the final of the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. And, of course, they received more good news when one of the challengers to the league title, Jinja City FC, could not keep pace as they fell at home, by a score of 1-0, to the Herzegovina Phoenix. With 4 games left and now 9 points behind the league leaders in the table, this really leaves one credible challenger to the title- the Hoima Warriors, though their hopes are fading due to Herzegovina City's dominant form at the moment.

In the Sunday nightcap, the Hoima Warriors kept up their title challenge, winning 2-0 over the Busukuma Force. With 64 points at this point, with only 4 points left, they are 5 points behind Herzegovina City, with only so many to go. However, they are four points ahead of Istria City and Jinja City, who are competing with them for a UICA Champioins Cup. An incredible story it would be, wouldn't it, if this was the year they finally broke through not only to the UICA, but even to the UICA Champions Cup? Regardless, they'll look to continue what is shaping up to be a strong finish in the league. What else happened? The Kitara Athletic Association and Busukuma Athletic Club spilt the spoils in Sisonke, while Istria City FC won 4-0 at home.

While Corizova United lost to Winad-Lenpi's Lakiska SC side, Aissa United finally pulled level in the table by earning yet another point, this time splitting the spoils at home with the Busembe Timberwolves. So many weeks spent in last place- and now, they've reached the light at the end of this tunnel. Can they do what it takes to overcome Corizova United and overtake them in the table for good? Both teams are at the bottom with 23 points, though Aissa United has the advantage on goal difference, for now. Nobody wants to be the sole team relegated from the BSL, because they know how hard it is to get promoted back up. It will be a fascinating fight to the finish from the bottom of the table, to see which team can pull off what would certainly be a stunner to stay in the BSL.

Busukuma Force 2–2 Rukunbi FC
Hoima Warriors 0–2 Hawabark Boulders
Lwanga Lions 1–5 Jinja City FC]
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–2 Aissa United FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–2 Herzegovina City FC
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Lakiska SC
Corizova United 1–4 Istria City FC
Askatasuna FC 1–3 Kitara AA
Busukuma AC 0–1 Bunyoro RSC
Mynda Electra 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC

And this, of course, is the weekend where Herzegovina City, already with some separation in the table, have seemed to deliver the death blow to the title chances of everyone else. We know that they won their last 4 games prior to this one by a combined score of 23-1, and at this level of the sport, that kind of blistering pace simply cannot be maintained. And it wasn't, as the Busembe Timberwolves gave Herzegovina City their best shot. A raucous crowd fed energy to Busembe's players, who controlled the pace of the game for the entirety of the first half, in what can only be described as a dominant performance. While they went up 1-0 at halftime thanks to a goal from Neil Richards, it took quite the performance from Delbin Kasekende to keep it from becoming worse. 6 first half saves for the player who is captain for both club and country, and the league leaders went into halftime reeling, but certainly not down. But they came out in the second half, firing. One of the marks of a champion, of course, are to earn points in games where they aren't dominant, when things aren't going their way, even when they aren't the better side on the day. But this sport is cruel, and the Timberwolves paid dearly for their failure to finish at the other end. Rosie Tyler scored in the 82nd to level it, and just three minutes later, national team defender Abate Brehanu headed home the winner for Herzegovina City FC.

A victory snatched from the jaws of defeat for the league leaders. The Hoima Warriors, of course, started before the league leaders even kicked off, and regardless of the result, woudl not have been able to capitalize on a Timberwolves victory. Why? Because when they travelled to Hawabark, they were sent kicking and screaming out of the Olympic Stadium, falling 2-0 to the Boulders. Ilman Jawara scored twice for the Hawabark Boulders as they pulled off the upset, and put the Warriors title hopes on life support. They're now 8 points behind Herzegovina City in the league table, and with just 3 games left to play, BSL Commissioner Randolf Cherry will be bringing the trophy to Star Field next week for the Herzegovina City derby- will he be presenting it? That, of course, we're unsure of. But look at the Warriors- this race has gotten much tighter for them. With Jinja City's 5-1 dominating win, they've pulled within a point of the Warriors for the 2nd UICA Champions Cup berth, and those two teams face each other next week in what is turning out to be a massive match- which of them will be the second team Banijan team to compete in next seasons' UICA Champions Cup?

Of course, more happened elsewhere. Aissa United grinded out yet another draw, the only draw of the weekend, as their were able to earn that singular point that, for the first time in a very long time, saw them climb out of the cellar of the BSL league table, which is now occupied solely by Corizova United. They are, of course, just one point ahead of Corizova United, but think about the progress they've made- in what is surely a tough situation, this is quite an achievement by Gregory Banis to stay the course and pull them out of the relegation zone. Now, there are three games to go- a lot could happen over the next three games. But this is a big moment for them, and Aissa's ownership could yet be vindicated by trusting the man who got them into the relegation mess, to get them out of the relegation mess.

Rukunbi FC 2–0 Mynda Electra
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Busukuma AC
Bunyoro RSC 1–0 Askatasuna FC
Kitara AA 2–0 Corizova United
Istria City FC 3–0 Isipongo Flash
Lakiska SC 0–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Herzegovina City FC 4–1 Herzegovina Phoenix Herzegovina City clinch Season 9 BSL title
Aissa United FC 5–4 Lwanga Lions
Jinja City FC 2–0 Hoima Warriors
Hawabark Boulders 2–2 Busukuma Force

In Season 6, Herzegovina City had a chance to win the league against their crosstown rivals, the Herzegovina Phoenix. All they needed was 3 points in a Matchday 33 battle between the two teams, and in a 4-3 thriller, Herzegovina City FC clinched the BSL title in dramatic fashion at home against their local rivals, en route to an undefeated season. And now, here in Season 9, they were presented with an opportunity, once again, to clinch another league title against their rivals. And, of course, that meant the Phoenix had the opportunity to spoil the party for their rivals downtown. But this was no thriller- this match ended up being a coronation. Herzegovina City was dominant from the beginning, racing off to a 3-0 halftime lead thanks to first half goals from Fireblade, Tyler, and Roux, and a fourth goal was added by Christos Tsiavis in stoppage time, as Herzegovina City FC, regardless of results elsewhere, were declared league champions. Wild celebrations in Herzegovina City, of course, as BSL Commissioner Randolf Cherry handed the trophy off to the captain, Delbin Kasekende, in front of his own fans at Star Field. What a joyous moment it was for the captain, in what is almost certainly his final season.

Now that race is decided- but there is much to discuss elsewhere. First, of course, we’ll take a look at the bottom of the table. Corizova United, unsurprisingly, fell against the Kitara Athletic Association away from home, by a score of 2-0. Aissa United, now out of the cellar, had a Sunday game at the Hangaza Unified Stadium, and boy, was it a thriller. It was back and forth, up and down against the Lwanga Lions, as both teams seemingly didn’t bother defending and were racing back and forth between the goals. A game that was level 2-2 at halftime, it looked to be heading for a 4-4 draw before a dramatic, 88th minute winner came from the feet of the 37 year old midfielder Amde Melos, who curled home a free kick at the death. A massive three points for Aissa United, as this win creates a four point cushion between them and the relegation zone, with just two games to go- a cushion?

The other big game this weekend,of course, was the Sunday afternoon game- Jinja City FC playing host to the Hoima Warriors. With both teams knowing that the title had been won going into it, this was a very important game for another reason- which side would get the second BSL spot in the UICA Champions Cup? Mark Grayson and Alexander Bumba seemed to be coaching like mad men in this game, with both managers emphatic, knowing what a Champions Cup berth would mean for their fanbases. The game was level at 0-0 for the longest time, with neither team looking capable of breaking through, until Jinja City star striker Xilit-Zaxac Yol, the all-time leading goalscorer for Qusmo, scored a 75th minute stunner. Hitting from almost 25 yards out, the Qusmi striker gave Jinja City FC a lead that they would not relinquish. Even Alexander Bumba himself felt the energy that rocked BCEL Stadium, jumping up and down after the goal. It would be Malachi Gallagher who would bury the game, scoring on a counter-attack in the 87th minute to make it 2-0, and put the game out of reach for the Hoima Warriors. This put Jinja City in second place, two points ahead of the Warriors, with 2 games left. Would they be able to hold onto their newfound advantage In the table and qualify for the UICA Champions Cup for the first time in ages?

Hawabark Boulders 1–0 Rukunbi FC
Busukuma Force 1–3 Jinja City FC
Hoima Warriors 1–0 Aissa United FC
Lwanga Lions 2–4 Herzegovina City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Lakiska SC
Busembe Timberwolves 4–1 Istria City FC
Isipongo Flash 0–0 Kitara AA
Corizova United 0–0 Bunyoro RSC
Askatasuna FC 0–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC

Busukuma AC 1–0 Mynda Electra
AOCL Semifinal 2nd Leg
SW Stahlberg(STL) 0-1 Herzegovina City (Herzegovina City advances 6-0 on aggregate to AOCL Final)

And now, for the second leg of the AOCL semifinals. This leg, of course, was mostly a formality at this point- with the 5-0 win at Star Field in the first leg, all the newly crowned BSL champions had to do was not completely collapse in Siovanija & Teusland, as Dennis Brotzmann returned to his home country to face SW Stahlberg. Brotzmann, in his return to Siovanija & Teusland, assisted Christos Tsiavis on his goal as the BSL champions took the game, 1-0, and the tie, 6-0. A historic moment, even if anti-climatic. For the first time ever, a Banijan soccer team would be in the final of an international competition, and that would be the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. Hordes of fans are expected to buy tickets to fly out to Valanora for the match, and we’ll see exactly how many Herzegovina City fans take the short flight to Valanora to attend the match.

Now, of course, to the league. What happened in the league? First, let’s look at the race for the UICA Champions Cup. Both the Warriors and Jinja City had early Saturday afternoon kickoffs, playing at the same time as they chased each other towards 2nd place in the league, and that lucrative berth in the Champions Cup. The Hoima Warriors had to go against a tightly organized Aissa United squad, who knew that earning just a point on the day would go a long way towards clinching safety. The Hoima Warriors had a lot of possession, and had to work for it, but an Owusu free kick in the 73rd minute was enough to clinch the 1-0 win for the Hoima side. In the nation’s capitol, in Busukuma, Jinja City FC was free-flowing, led by their in-form striker Xilit-Yazac, who scored once and assisted once en route to a relatively routine 3-1 away victory for Jinja City. Up 2 points in the table with just a game left, they are certainly the favorites for that UICA Champions Cup spot. It was in the post game press conference here, where their manager, Alexander Bumba, announced that he would be leaving the club in search of 'a new challenge' abroad, at the end of the season. A big loss for the club, and the league, as their manager for the last 9 seasons is now about to bring everything to a close. A big point here, however, for Hoima is that they have, with their win, officially clinched a berth in the top four, which means, minimum, they’ll be playing in the UICA Globe Cup. A place that they’ve been searching for a long time, what a moment for the club to finally be back in UICA Competition.

Now, of course, the race for the UICA Globe Cup berths- one, of course, will be taken by Jinja City FC or the Hoima Warriors. But the other one? It is absolutely up for grabs. The Busembe Timberwolves reasserted themselves right back into that race for fifth place, as they shredded Istria City FC, at home, by a score of 4-1. Showign some of the form that had them as the league’s darlings early on in the season,Zachary Sols’s side showed that they absolutely wanted a stake in the race for the Globe Cup with that victory. Stifling a vaunted attack led by Yitebarke and Royle, it was an excellent game for almost everybody on that team in their last home game of the season. And, of course, where do they end the season? In what is suddenly shaping up to be a massive Kitara derby- against regional rivals Kitara Athletic Association. Elsewhere in the race for the UICA Globe Cup, Kitara Athletic Association was only able to earn a single point, as they could not break down a disciplined Isipongo Flash side. It’ll certainly be an interesting final day- who will ensure that they will be in international competition next season?

And elsewhere, there was the race at the bottom to follow. Corizova United was able to earn a singular point against Bunyoro RSC, setting the relegation race to finish on the final day. Askatasuna FC, thanks to Corizova United’s failure to earn three points on the matchday, clinched safety for their squad. And this means that there are simply two squads left in this battle- Corizova United, and Aissa United. It is simple for Aissa- a result of any kind gets them safety, no questions asked. Corizova United will have to travel to Umbazi Metropolitan SC and earn three points, as well as Aissa United losing their home game and making it up in the goal difference. Is it unlikely? Considering Corizova’s recent form, yes it is, but never say never, right?

Rukunbi FC 2–2 Busukuma AC
Mynda Electra 3–1 Askatasuna FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–1 Corizova United
Bunyoro RSC 3–0 Isipongo Flash
Kitara AA 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Istria City FC 1–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Lakiska SC 0–1 Lwanga Lions
Herzegovina City FC 1–1 Hoima Warriors
Aissa United FC 0–1 Busukuma Force
Jinja City FC 2–0 Hawabark Boulders

The final day. This is where it’s all decided- all 10 games kicking off at the same time on Saturday, 5 PM locally. Lots to decide, lots of big games, right? Where to begin. First, we can begin with the relegation race- which of Aissa United and Corizova United would be relegated? Aissa United allowed an early goal at home against the Busukuma Force, and struggled to make it up, as they stayed back to simply ensure that they did not blow it in terms of goal difference to Corizova United. A Kody Hansen header gave Corizova United an early 1-0 lead, and they fought valiantly to push forward and build upon their lead. But, of course, this team simply isn’t talented enough to pile it on away from home in a league like this, and they were exposed on the counter after pushing too many players forward, as Demetro Laterza equalized in the 50th minute. And when the whistle was blown, Corizova United was just short- 25 points earned on the season, and they, after one season in the BSL, would go back down. A valiant effort by this team, that had won three Northwestern League titles in the prior four seasons, a team that simply was not talented enough to compete with the rest of the BSL. As they go back down, they’ll have to ask themselves key questions.

Let’s look elsewhere around the league. Istria City FC came into the day with 66 points- and with Kitara AA behind them at 63, Bunyoro RSC at 62, and the Phoenix at 58, that meant Istria City FC was guaranteed of at least fifth place, and indeed had clinched their berth in the UICA Globe Cup. Another solid season, another appearance in the UICA Globe Cup. Yitebarke scored the game’s lone goal for the hosts, as Corvid Alemane responded for the Herzegovina Phoenix. However, Istria City ended their season with a 1-1 draw, extinguishing the faint UICA hopes of the “other” Herzegovina side, and punching their ticket to UICA competition.

The battle for the UICA Champions Cup was between the Hoima Warriors, and Jinja City FC. The Warriors, of course, had to win to even have a chance, and they had a tall task in their matchup- a visit to Star Field, against the in form champions who, at that point, were winners of 8 in a row in all competitions, and had their final match before their flight to Valanora. It was always going to be an ask, but the Warriors came out firing, and seemed up to the task. They even took a rare lead for an away team at Star Field, when Ozolx-Mazur found themselves on the end of a cross from Josef Lawerenz, and their hopes were up there. But Jinja City FC weren’t paying attention to what was going on in Herzegovina City- they knew that a win, regardless of what happened elsewhere, would put them through. In Alexander Bumba’s final home game as a manager at BCEL Stadium, Xilit-Yazac and club legend Lin Moon both scored in the first half, as they won by a score of 2-0 and Jinja City put themselves back into the Champions Cup for the first time in quite a few years. A sendoff for the longtime manager happened at this match as well, as a tribute was played to Alexander Bumba.

The last UICA berth was to be decided in the Kitara derby- between Kitara AA and the Busembe Timberwolves. Regardless of the winner of this match, each side would be battling for their first ever berth in UICA competition- a milestone for either side. The Timberwolves would get to fifth place with a victory, while Kitara Athletic Association only needed a singular point. The Timberwolves were playing very defensively in the first half, waiting for things to shake out elsewhere. But at halftime, Zachary Sols turned on something very different, and the team was all of a sudden going forward. Basamula hit the post in the 52nd minute. Even Golazo almost had a ‘golazo’, when he struck from about 30 yards and the ball sailed just over the post. It looked as if a goal was coming for the Timberwolves. But having to push so far forward, Kitara AA made them pay for their adventurism. They were able to counter brilliantly from a corner, and Nick Haller ended up chipping the Busembe goalkeeper on the other end in the 82nd minute to bury the game for Kitara, which saw them clinch their first ever berth in UICA competition.

What a season it was, wasn’t it? And now, of course, an extra spot in the UICA Champions Cup- enjoyed by Jinja City FC, and the real beneficiary is Kitara AA, who now get that extra UICA Globe Cup spot. What a season we’ve had so far, and a great finish, but of course, with the RBSA Cup Final, the Promotion Playoff, and the AOCL Final coming, there’s still more to play for!

Final Season 9 League Table
Banijan Soccer League      Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Herzegovina City FC 38 24 7 7 80 43 +37 79 - Champions, clinch berth in UICA Champions Cup and AOCL
2 Jinja City FC 38 22 6 10 78 44 +34 72 - Clinch berth in UICA Champions Cup

3 Hoima Warriors 38 20 8 10 56 37 +19 68 - Clinch berth in UICA Globle Cup
4 Istria City FC 38 19 10 9 88 48 +40 67 - Clinch berth in UICA Globle Cup
5 Kitara AA 38 18 12 8 46 35 +11 66 - Clinch berth in UICA Globle Cup

6 Bunyoro RSC 38 19 7 12 52 40 +12 64
7 Herzegovina Phoenix 38 16 11 11 48 35 +13 59
8 Busembe Timberwolves 38 17 8 13 49 40 +9 59
9 Rukunbi FC 38 17 8 13 48 51 −3 59
10 Busukuma AC 38 18 4 16 39 38 +1 58
11 Lakiska SC 38 16 8 14 36 26 +10 56
12 Hawabark Boulders 38 17 4 17 49 46 +3 55
13 Mynda Electra 38 14 10 14 41 35 +6 52
14 Busukuma Force 38 11 14 13 42 49 −7 47
15 Isipongo Flash 38 10 9 19 29 57 −28 39
16 Lwanga Lions 38 10 8 20 36 58 −22 38
17 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 38 9 8 21 37 56 −19 35
18 Askatasuna FC 38 7 7 24 27 75 −48 28
19 Aissa United FC 38 5 12 21 39 68 −29 27
20 Corizova United 38 4 13 21 25 64 −39 25 - Relegated to Regional Leagues

Biggest Lessons from Season 9

Wow- what a season to watch! Herzegovina City taking home their fifth title in seven seasons, truly establishing themselves as a team without an equal within this country. Usually, of course, this is the time when we review our fearless predictions made after Week 8. For the first time ever, of course, our four fearless predictions were correct! We said the Warriors would be back in the UICA, that the Timberwolves would not be in the UICA(at the time they were leading the league), we said that Kitara AA would make their first UICA appearance, and Istria City FC would be the league's most prolific side. All four were correct.

But that's boring to review our own predictions when they all panned out. So we're take a different tack this time. Here, of course, we'll take a look at the most important lessons learned from this season.

Lesson #1- Alexander Bumba's resignation shows that frustrations can take their toll

Alexander Bumba has long been royalty in this league. He is the only Banijan manager of a Super 5 club, he has been with the club since the formation, 9 seasons ago, of the BSL(then called the PSL), and has been consistent with Jinja City FC. IN 9 seasons at the helm of the club, they have made the UICA every season- two UICA Champions Cup appearances, and 7 UICA Globe Cup appearances. This, of course, is buttressed by five second place finishes in the league throughout 9 seasons at the helm, in addition to winning the league in its inaugural season.

It has long been known that a source of frustration for Alexander Bumba was the consistent second place finishes. In one direction, they are a source of pride- 9 straight finishes in the top four, the only team that has finished every single season of the BSL played so far in the top four. Even though Herzegovina City is undoubtedly the class of the league at this point, Jinja City FC has been the league’s most consistent side, and the constant has always been Alexander Bumba. But they finished in fourth place four seasons in a row, from Seasons 3-6, and Bumba has always been frustrated as a result.

And now, of course, he has shocked the local footballing scene by calling it quits. While there are no announcements yet, he has been heavily pursued by a few club sides in Cobrio, and it is likely that Bumba will be managing in Cobrio next season. It’s hard to describe it- but for Bumba, a failure to make the UICA Globe Cup group stages after 7 consecutive appearances in the qualifiers of the tournament, alongside a failure to reach the mountaintop again, has seen him leave out of something that’s hard to say- frustration? Being worn down? Lack of appreciation for what he has accomplished? Filling his shoes will be a tall order for whoever is asked to do so, as the celebration of returning to the UICA Champions Cup is tempered by his decision to leave the club, and the BSL with it.

Lesson #2- Herzegovina City isn't slowing down anytime soon under Brian Emerson

There was concerns from Herzegovina City fans, and the local media, that the team would slow down after winning their second title in three seasons. That the team, now participating both in the group stages of the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, and the UICA Champions Cup, would get worn down by the sheer number of competitions, and all those travel miles that they would log. Nothing of the sort happened- in fact, you could say that they got better.

They technically got better, as was shown by them having two more points this season than they did last season. But look at the roster- there are stars all over this roster. And when this team is rolling, they cannot be stopped. Look at what they’ve done. Earned their second UICA Champions Cup group stage berth in emphatic style, without major upsets like in Season 7. Storm their way through the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, including a 6-0 aggregate win in the tournament semifinal. And, while doing all of that, conserving energy for the league and finding a way, with targets on their back, to win back to back league titles, and their third in four seasons under Brian Emerson.

Can they write the storybook ending, and defeat the Audioslavian club in the AOCL final? We’ll have to wait and see. But over the past 7 seasons, this club has shown itself to be Banija’s premier club, and by quite a margin as well. This is a team that will have a number of challenges this offseason, however, chief of which is how to replace that back line- with the ages of their center backs, their goalkeeper retiring, there will likely be movement. But nobody’s tired of winning at Herzegovina City, and the rest of the league is going to have to step up their game if they want to slow down Herzegovina City, as Brian Emerson’s squad certainly won’t be dialing it back.

Lesson #3- Extra UICA berth opens up opportunities for those outside of the Super 5

There is an extra UICA berth for the league, and it is a great vindication for the big planners, from the BSL Commissioner Randolf Cherry on down, to managers like Alvin Burnsides and Brian Emerson, whose wins in international competition are the reason that we’re finally able to celebrate that fact. Of course, Banija is traditionally dominated by the Super 5, so you’d think this would simply give an opportunity for the Super 5 to provide greater separation between themselves and the rest of the league?

Well, as was shown this season, and last season, there is no guarantee that the Super 5 will finish in the top 5 spots. Last season, Bunyoro RSC was a measly point from taking the league title in what would have been stunning fashion, away from Herzegovina City, while Lakiska SC flew all the way up to fifth place in the table, and would have qualified for the UICA Globe Cup had we had the extra spot last season. But look at Busukuma AC- they never fully recovered from their disastrous start of the season, losing twice to their crosstown rivals, Busukuma Force, while finishing in 10th. The extra spot means that teams like Kitara AA, who made the UICA this season, and the Phoenix, Bunyoro RSC, etc… will have an extra opportunity at that berth. And UICA berth means more revenue, which means better signings, which means… A better squad.

This move will likely be able to help deliver more parity to the league, which is only a good thing for the neutral.

Lesson #4- Stability is just what Hoima needed to get back to the UICA

The Hoima Warriors have been searching for the UICA ever since their Season 2 league title. They went to the UICA Champions Cup that season, of course, and since then, they have not returned. They spent 6 consecutive seasons outside of the UICA Champions Cup, and not only was the Super 5 club not a serious competitor for a league title, the fact that they couldn’t finish even top four was an embarrassment.

Ever since an internal power struggle saw Josiah Lwanga take charge as the principal owner of the club, and the hiring of Mark Grayson, patience has been preached at the club. This club has been volatile- from firing Baptism of Fire winning manager Orlando Juarez after just 8 games(in fairness, they were in dead last after 8th), to Jan Cassallerus barely lasting two seasons, to firing Jehan Blair fairly quickly as well. When they hired Mark Grayson, of Nephara, to be the manager, they said that they were going to be patient- give him time to build a squad. And yet, Warriors fans are known as an impatient bunch. A 6th straight season of no UICA football took its toll on the team last season.

But this season, they finally seemed capable of putting it together. Instead of blowing up the squad, they preached continuity, and Grayson, in his second season at the helm, had a squad good enough to sustain a title challenge for the majority of the season, though of course they fell well short. This third place finish here is their first top four finish since they won the title in Season 2, which seems like an eternity ago. Now, of course, it is all about taking the next step- what will they do in their first Globe Cup appearance since Season 3? Can they take another step forward and eventually challenge Herzegovina City’s seeming monopoly on the league title? We’ll have to wait and see, but Mark Grayson is going to be given the time and space he needs to implement his vision to do just that- assuming, of course, that a bigger club from a richer country than ours doesn’t take him from Ankole first.

Lesson #5- Corizova's relegation shows that regional league dominance doesn't mean much in the BSL

Corizova United had been the class of the regional leagues in the four seasons that the regional leagues had been integrated into the BSL pyramid. Champions of the Northwestern League three times over, it is their success that literally led to the establishment of what is called the Corizova rule- the rule that, if a team wins their regional league three seasons in a row, they would cancel the Promotion Playoff and earn automatic promotion into the Banijan Soccer League. Duntho Sporting Club almost took advantage of that rule this season, but of course, fell at the final hurdle.

But despite all of their consistent success in the Northwestern League, none of it mattered when they got promoted. The Hawabark Boulders, when they got promoted, were able to stay up and maintain their status- this is their second season in the BSL, and they finished in 12th, with 55 points- not even in the relegation discussion for the lion’s share of the season. Considering the fact that this magazine predicted them to finish in 18th, this is an incredible story. But Corizova has shown that staying up is not as easy as Alaji Senghore’s Boulders are making it look. Even though they were so good, for so long, in the Northwestern League, they were overwhelmed by the BSL. That’s why Aissa United was able to climb out of the cellar- they earned only 25 points on the season, and only 10 of those in the last 22 games. This team was beaten down, and they were overwhelmed.

It’s a warning to whomever wins the Promotion Playoff this year, between Igulu City, Suwawa FC, Capitol City FC, and Sororo City. All four of them will have a particular challenge of staying up, and just because there’s only one relegation place, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be wary of it. Corizova will have a lot to do, not least because Kody Hansen, their leading striker, has a buy option that could only be activated if they avoided relegation. And, of course, they could not avoid relegation. They’ll have to rebuild what they had, and make their squad stronger, so that they can compete once again in a Northwestern League that is now tougher than when they left it.

Banijan Soccer League v. Taeshan Premier League All-Star Game confirmed

BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION- BSL Commissioner Randolf Cherry, in a press conference with new Timberwolves owners Fadron Pizza, of Taeshan, and representatives of the Taeshan Premier League, announced today that they had come to an agreement with the proposal from Fadron Pizza- that there be an all-star game, after the end of the season, between the Taeshan Premier League and the Banijan Soccer League. Randolf Cherry had a few words to say.

“After the proposal was brought to me, we held an emergency owners meeting on the proposal- and it was heavily discussed and litigated between league owners. Ultimatlely, league owners empowered me to make an executive decision on this, considering the time frame that we had to adopt the proposal. I appreciate always, of course, the confidence of the owners on a decision like this. And after consultations with various players, and clubs, I deemed the idea not only workable, and in the interest of the BSL, but workable to happen this season.

This season, of course, there is no time for a fan vote or players vote- so the players who are named to the All-Pro team, handed out at the Honors Ceremony that we have once a year, will be our all-stars, and they will be managed, of course, by whoever is voted as the Manager of the Year. The first all-star game will be played in Taeshan, and then, after next season, the game will be played in Banija. Next season, of course, we will have a more thorough look into the way we choose our all-stars, with likely a formula regarding both fan and player involvement in selection of the BSL’s all-stars. We look forward to this partnership between the BSL and the Taeshan Premier League, and we are confident that it will lead to the growth of the game in both countries, and to the benefit of both the players and the fans in both leagues."
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Season comes to a close as RBSA Cup and AOCL Finals are played, while Banija's sole promotion place is decided

Igulu City players Kóri Vacík(left) and Chyke Obasie(right) celebrate their promotion to the Banijan Soccer League

The leagues, of course, have ended. But there are five matchdays left on the calendar, and we're here to cover them all. Both legs of the Promotion Playoff Semifinals, then the Promotion Playoff Final, then the RBSA Cup Final, and then, last but certainly not least, the first ever international final for a BSL club- the final of the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. Who will be the last teams in the country to take home a trophy? Who will take Corizova United's spot in the Banijan Soccer League? Here is your one stop shop to find out all that crucial information.

BSL Promotion Playoff Semifinals- 1st Leg
Suwawa FC 1–0 Sororo City
Capitol City FC 0–1 Igulu City FC

Estève Palomer’s side Suwawa FC side, celebrating their second league title in his reign, enter the BSL Promotion Playoffs against Itala Cola’s Sororo City side. Palomer, of course, is from Nuovo Juvencus, while Itala Cola is from Juvencus, adding some subplot to an already massive semifinal- a chance for the two champions to compete against each other, for a single berth in the Banijan Soccer League. Suwawa FC, of course, was drawn to be the home side in the first leg, and in a close, defensive battle, they eked out a 1-0 victory on their home field. Very importantly, they did not concede any away goals, even though 32 year old defender Ookeditse Theofilo had to make a goal line clearance. The Velestrian striker Thomas Bishop scored the game’s lone goal, heading home in the 65th minute to send the home fans into a frenzy, and they rode that energy all the way to a tight 1-0 victory. While they won, and did not concede, they of course will have everything to play for when they travel to Sororo City- the first goal of the second leg will be absolutely huge, and you can bet Sororo City’s fans will be up to the challenge, with a spot in the Playoff Final on the line. A good tie so far, eh?

In the other semifinal, the champions of the Lower Coastal League, Capitol City FC, had the opportunity to host Igulu City FC. Their first trip to Busukuma in quite a while for a match, they, of course, hope to be back here in a few weeks time to play in the BSL Promotion Playoff Final, though at the Stadium of the Restoration. They took the first step towards that in the 26th minute of the first leg of this tie, when Kóri Vacík, the Equestrian wide midfielder, was able to get some space on the outside and bend in a beautiful cross towards the back post. Gĩtukũ Kinũthia was on the back post to receive the cross, and headed it towards the near post into the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead away from home. The goal, of course, was scored right in front of the visiting fan section, as Igulu City celebrated. And then, from there, Capitol City was always going to search desperately for the equalizing goal. But Eba Salam, the 43 year old captain for Igulu City who is retiring at the end of the season, stepped up big in what might be his final match. He made 6 saves in the second half, coming up huge in a game where they absolutely needed him. Now, Igulu City takes a 1-0 away victory, off the back of their goalkeeper, back home, needing only a draw on their home field to clinch a berth in the BSL Promotion Final. However, there is only one goal between the two sides, and this tie, though Igulu City got the away victory, is far from over.

BSL Promotion Playoff Semifinals- 2nd Leg
Sororo City 1–0 Suwawa FC (3-1 AET) (Sororo City advance 3-2 on aggregate to the BSL Promotion Playoff Final)
Igulu City FC 4–3 Capitol City FC (Igulu City FC advance 5-3 on aggregate to the BSL Promotion Playoff FInal)

And now, of course, for the second legs, which both provided plenty of entertainment and drama. First, we’ll start with the return leg for Suwawa FC, as they travelled to Sororo City for a spot in the Promotion Playoff Final. Sororo City began the game on the front foot, as they knew that they needed a goal, and a great crowd was urging them forward. Itala Cola has a veteran squad- only two players in the starting XI are under the age of 30, with 26 year old midfielder Mus'ad Asad Abdulrashid and 22 year old midfielder Camara. It would be that same veteran roster that would not be rattled by the pressure, or daunted by the task, and break through. 35 year old winger Boubacar Kinte scored in the 59th minute to make it 1-0 Sororo City, and level the tie at 1 goal a piece, with no away goals scored. They searched for a winner, and Jerold Ferguson, the Equestrian left back who is the team’s captain, even hit the crossbar in the 77th. It was to no avail, and extra time came. They were clearly the better team on the day so far, however, so it’s not as if it wasn’t deserved.

Extra time, however, is when the sparks really started to fly in this one. In the 97th minute, it was Assan Thiaw, who is all of 37 years old, who scored for the Southern League champions to give them a 2-0 lead on the night, and a 2-1 lead in the tie. IT looked, from there, as if Sororo City would be able to sail through- they were the better team on the night, they had taken the initiative, and they certainly deserved to be up 2-0. But after that, it went haywire. Suwawa FC was not done- this is a team that, just last season, went to the semifinals of the UICA Serie B Champions Cup. You think they’d be rattled by trailing here? In the 110th minute, Cosumarite midfielder Reginius Kunst had a stunning goal that leveled the tie at 2 goals a piece, but put Suwawa FC ahead on away goals even though the tie was level at 2 goals a piece. But, in one of the most sad finishes we’ve seen in a while, a handball by Thomas Bishop, the Velestrian striker who has been so important to their success this season, came in the box and gave Sororo City a penalty. Wandy Kujabi buried the penalty, and Sororo City advanced, 3-2 on aggregate, to the BSL Promotion Playoff Final.

There was no shortage of drama in these semifinals, as the other one, this time in Hangaza, proved just as entertaining as the first one played. Igulu City had a one goal lead in the tie, an away tie, thanks to the stellar goalkeeping of club legend Eba Salam. But, of course, he’s 43- he is not going to keep up that type of form for the entirety of two legs, and that would be an unreasonable expectation. While he picked his team up in the first leg, he came back down to Earth in the second leg, and Capitol City FC, playing quite desperately, took advantage. Though, of course, it was Igulu City that opened the scoring in the 10th minute, when Vacík scored to make it 1-0 on the day, and 2-0 in the tie. Many thought it was over at that point- but they’ve clearly never seen Capitol City FC operate. Capitol City FC went for broke in the attack at that point, and Jabr Afzal Abdullah scored in the 25th, while Solomon Devonte scored in the 32nd to give them a 2-1 lead in the tie, and though it was level on aggregate at 2 goals a piece, a lead on away goals going into halftime. How fast things can change, right? One minute Igulu City looked well on its way, and now, their promotion hopes looked to be on life support.

However, they scored in the 49th minute, when Udo Obasie buried a free kick to draw the team level back on the day, and give them a 3-2 lead in the tie, on aggregate. But Capitol City FC was not done. Makang Darboe, the teenage center back, was able to smash a header home in the 57th minute against the hosts, and Capitol City FC was able to retake the lead, 3-2 on the day, and with the tie 3-3 on aggregate, they once again led on away goals. But this was a crazy game- not many people thought the scoring over. Those few who did, naturally, were wrong. Igulu City was pushing, and pushing forward, when Enyinnaya Jideofor scored the go-ahead goal in the tie in the 72nd minute. They pushed all doubts away when Kenyatta Mũraya scored on an 83rd minute counter-attack, to give Igulu City a 4-3 lead on the day and a 5-3 lead in the tie, and that is how the match ended. A crazy pair of 2nd legs, with lots of drama, and lead changes, before the upcoming BSL Promotion Playoff Final. It will be the champions of the Southern League, Sororo City, going against the champions of the Northern League, Igulu City FC, for a berth in the Banijan Soccer League, at the Stadium of the Restoration. It’s for all the marbles, right?

BSL Promotion Playoff Final
Sororo City 0–2 Igulu City FC
Igulu City FC are champions of the BSL Promotion Playoff and win promotion to the Banijan Soccer League

Even though there was plenty of drama at the semifinals, that had no bearing on this final- both teams had emotionally charged victories, and both sets of fans travelled to the Stadium of the Restoration, believing that it would be their team that would reach destiny. Of course, one set would be wrong, but as over 90,000 fans filled the Stadium of the Restoration, fans from both cities were extremely excited at the opportunity to, for the first time, join the Banijan Soccer League. But who would win? That’s the real question? On the night, it would be Igulu City that put the better foot forward, as they seemed to be have the initiative and the energy for this one. Kenyatta Mũraya scored in the 26th minute, and it was followed up by a 37th minute header by center back Belai Mulu. Taking a 2-0 lead into halftime, they smothered their opponents, and in Eba Salam’s last game, the champions of the Northern League won promotion to the BSL.

Eba Salam, of course, fell to his knees at the final whistle and cried himself. What a story it was for Igulu City this season- After finishing in a very disappointing fifth place last season, 17 points off the pace, they kept the faith in their structure, and in their management, to reach the pinnacle of regional league football in Banija. Even against the wrecking ball of Duntho Sporting Club this season, they came back and snatched the league title from the team eligible for the Corizova exemption, with a scorching second half and then carried that form over to the BSL Promotion Playoffs. And, of course, the cap of a career for Eba Salam, as now the rest of these players will likely get their first ever taste of top flight football. Give full credit across the board, but now the hard work begins- how will they avoid the same fate as Corizova United, who immediately got relegated? Akampurira will look to improve his own side during the offseason to have an introduction to the league like Hawabark’s, rather than like Corizova’s. Still, what an incredible moment.

And, of course, the following has been confirmed. With Corizova United’s relegation to the Northwestern League, that has 13 teams, and the Northern League, with Igulu City’s promotion, only has 11. To minimize travel costs, AFC Kosactus will make the switch to the Northern League to ensure each regional league has 12 squads, and have extra travel costs partially reimbursed by the BSL. And, of course, this means that next season's Serie B Champions Cup participants from Banija will be Sororo City, Suwawa FC, and Capitol City FC.

RBSA Cup Final
Dukuma SC 0–0 Corizova United (0–0 AET) (6–5 pen.)
Dukuma SC are champions of the RBSA Cup; Clinch berth in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup

Now, of course, for the RBSA Cup Final. For the second straight season, the matchup is quite the surprise- it is the last two sides to be relegated from the Banijan Soccer League. Dukuma SC, who got relegated last season, and Corizova United, who just finished in last place a few weeks ago and clinched relegation themselves. Both squads will be competing in the Northwestern league next season, fighting for their way back to the BSL. After disappointing regular seasons for both sides, we know that changes will certainly be a coming for both teams, as they look to strengthen and improve their rosters. However, both teams had quality cup runs to led them in this spot in the first place. There was not much doing in this match at the Stadium of the Restoration, as a lack of quality chances led to a fairly boring 0-0 draw, and without much doing in extra time, the match went to penalties.

In the shootout, there was a remarkable amount of efficiency from both sides. Both teams hit their first 5 penalty kicks each, something that is rarely seen. But Corizova United stepped up for their sixth spot kick of the shootout, and up stepped up center back Kekoto Gassama. Gassama stepped up and kicked the ball with all kinds of power- but unfortunately for him, his shot was the first casualty of this shootout. He skied the penalty over the bar, which gave Dukuma SC a chance to win the trophy. 18 year old center back Demba Kinteh stepped up to the plate. He cheekily chipped the ball down the middle as the goalkeeper dove to his left, and the game was over. Dukuma Sporting Club were the champions of the RBSA Cup. This meant, of course, that it was the 2nd straight season that a Busoga Islander club, from the Northwestern League no less, won the RBSA Cup. Quite the statistic, isn’t it? Still, of course, quite the run for Dukuma SC, who will be participating in next season's Cygnus Cup Winners Cup.

Atlantian Oceania Champions League Final
Herzegovina City 0–1 AC Izotz Zubia (AUD)

And now, of course, for the big one, what everybody was waiting for- Herzegovina City’s first ever participation in a international club final, against AC Izotz Zubia. The final game for longtime Herzegovina City goalkeeper Delbin Kasekende. The swan song for a goalkeeper who ended his career as captain for club and country, who played in a World Cup for Banija, and a Cup of Harmony for both Banija and the Busoga Islands. And, of course, the pinnacle of the project of Brian Emerson, a man who has brought Herzegovina City from an afterthought internationally, to a dominant force within Banija, winning 3 league titles in his four seasons at the helm, and now as a very dangerous team internationally, in a final. Herzegovina City fans, of course, flooded Raynor City, many of them without tickets, for a chance to witness what would be something incredibly special- their first ever Atlantian Oceania Champions League title.

But they must slay a giant of club football to win that title- AC Izotz Zubia, one of the richest clubs in the multiverse, is their opponent for the day. A team with much greater resources than Herzegovina City, as they are responsible for the two singular biggest transfers of all time. A team that has won the UICA Champions Cup, that is coming off a season as Champions of Audioslavia, well, they were always going to be the favorites. But Herzegovina City came into the match with no fear. “If we want to be the best, we have to beat the best.” Said Brian Emerson in a pregame press conference. “Look at what we’ve accomplished this season- we’ve won games we had no business winning, we’ve beaten all kinds of teams across the table. Even just to get to this point, we’ve pulled off some major upsets, and we had great accomplishments in the BSL. Now, there’s no doubt about it- AC Izotz Zubia are a bigger club, and one of the biggest in all of Atlantian Oceania. But we are taking steps towards becoming bigger on the international scene, and a win here would help vault us towards our long-term goals.”

It was never going to be easy, and from the beginning, Herzegovina City was built to try and withstand the waves of attacks from the Audioslavian club, and try to break them on the counter. Rosie Tyler had a chance to do so in the 34th minute, when she had the BSL Champions first shot on net, but it was saved rather easily by AC Izotz Zubia goalkeeper Ángel Clavel. On the other side, the defense was certainly under pressure, but stepping up their game. Harald Fireblade was everywhere, disrupting passes all across the back end, getting in the way of shots, doing everything they could to keep AC Izotz Zubia out of the back of the net. Herzegovina City didn’t get another real chance until the 51st minute, when Dennis Brotzmann rose above the crowd on a corner kick, but headed just over the top of the crossbar. Beaten the goalie, but had also beaten the post.

AC Izotz Zubia had the lion’s share of possession on the day, and the chances, though Herzegovina City was disciplined enough to not allow any great chances. Howeveer, the talent gap between the two sides was eventually exposed, when Laborious Hawk, playing in their home country of Valanora for this final, struck home for AC Izotz Zubia in the 67th minute. Herzegovina City pressed for the rest of the match, but to no avail. When the final whistle blew, AC Izotz Zubia were champions of Atlantian Oceania. Herzegovina City were roundly applauded for their miracle run, but ultimately, fell just short of the promised land. Still, what a run, and what a season, for Herzegovina City, as they play the last match of the club season before the international tournaments kickoff. And what a season it was.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 9 Awards


HOIMA, ANKOLE- The Season 9 BSL Honors Ceremony was held this season at the Hoima Convention Center in Hoima, Ankole. The last time, the ceremony was held at the Sisonke Convention Center in Sisonke, Kitara.

Top 10 BSL Goalscorers
Rank Name Nationality Team Name Goals Scored
1 Xilit-Zaxac Yol Qusmo Jinja City FC 28 - WINNER OF BSL GOLDEN BOOT

2 Rosie Tyler Equestria Herzegovina City FC 25
3 Assefa Yitebarke Banija Istria City FC 23
4 Torvald Royle Freeport Istria City FC 21
4 Reden Omar Velestria Bunyoro RSC 21
6 Christos Tsiavis Nephara Herzegovina City FC 20
7 Josef Lawerenz Equestria Hoima Warriors 18
8 Nick Haller Baker Park Kitara AA 17
9 Jermaine Poole Equestria Istria City FC 15
10 Sia Fall Banija Jinja City FC 14
10 Ilman Jawara Banija Hawabark Boulders 14

BSL Top 5 Assist Leaders
Rank Name Nationality Team Name Assists
1 Josef Lawerenz Equestria Hoima Warriors 15 - WINNER OF BSL SILVER BOOT

2 Lucas Lucius Vit Natanians & Nosts Herzegovina City FC 14
2 Atsushi Ryu Dunnes Istria City FC 14
4 Reden Omar Velestria Bunyoro RSC 12
5 Sia Fall Banija Jinja City FC 10

1st Team All-Pro - 3-4-3 Formation
Position     Name            Age       Nationality               Team Name            
GK Edgar Farsal-Smith 23 Mercedini Busembe Timberwolves - WINNER OF BSL GOLDEN GLOVE
DEF Jalang Ba 29 Banija Jinja City FC
DEF Wenceslaw 29 Cosumar Hoima Warriors
DEF Abraham Godefai 29 Banija Kitara Athletic Association
MID Ablie Kah 25 Banija Istria City FC
MID Kizza Okafor 24 Banija Lakiska Sporting Club
MID Harald Fireblade 24 Cosumar Herzegovina City FC
MID Rosie Tyler 27 Equestria Herzegovina City FC
ATT Xilit-Zaxac Yol 26 Qusmo Jinja City FC
ATT Josef Lawerenz 20 Equestria Hoima Warriors
ATT Assefa Yitebarke 30 Banija Istria City FC

MVP Voting(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Rosie Tyler(Herzegovina City FC)- 15 votes
Xilit-Zaxac Yol(Jinja City FC) - 14 votes
Assefa Yitebarke(Istria City FC) - 11 votes

Best Newcomer Voting(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Xilit-Zaxac Yol(Jinja City FC) - 30 votes
Christos Tsiavis(Herzegovina City) - 9 votes

Manager of the Year(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Mark Grayson(Hoima Warriors) - 17 votes
Zachary Sols(Busembe Timberwolves) - 10 votes
Brian Emerson(Herzegovina City FC) - 5 votes
Alaji Senghore(Hawabark Boulders) - 5 votes
Alan Bettles(Kitara AA) - 2 votes
Alexander Bumba(Jinja City FC) - 1 vote
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The Banijan Soccer League - Offseason Preview


Now that all the games have been played, we are here with the exclusive preview for the upcoming summer for the Banijan Soccer League. First of all, exclusive of the International All-Star Match, played between the All-Stars of the Taeshan Premier League and the Banijan Soccer League. And then, what to look for as the season turns into the offseason. Of course, A longer offseason awaits for some rather than others, but here we'll let you know what you have to keep an eye on. What teams need managers? Who is looking to sell? Who is looking to buy? We'll let you know what you need to follow.

International All-Star Match
Taeshan Premier League All-Stars 3–2 Banijan Soccer League All-Stars
Played at Atlantea Coliseum in Atlantea, Taeshan- capacity of 590,000

Above match graciously scored by Qusmo

And first things, of course, is the All-Star Game. A traditional match for the Taeshan Premier League, and the Banijan Soccer League makes its debut entry into the all-star game. It fits, of course, with Randolf Cherry's vision of 'rapid international growth' on the business side of things, for the BSL to be gaining this kind of exposure against a top league. The TPL all-star roster was loaded, from top to bottom. Interesting note, the Equestrian States is one of two nations to provide all-stars for both leagues, with Juliette Séverin from Sleepy Hollow in the TPL, and both Rosie Tyler and Josef Lawerenz representing the BSL. Mercedini has also provided Edgar Farsal-Smith, of the Busembe Timberwolves and Adam Sale, of the Laketown Rangers in the Taeshan Premier League.

And, of course, to the match itself, played at the mammoth Altantea Coliseum. Seating well over half a million people, it is the site of major internationals for the Taeshan national team, and one of, if not the singular, largest stadiums in the multiverse. Both teams were looking to attack, and it would be the nominal home side that drew first blood. Local attacking midfielder Andrew Karl, who plays in the city for Real Atlantea, scored the first goal of the game by bending in a free kick from 22 yards, to give the TPL a 1-0 lead in the early minutes, in the 17th minute to be exact.

The BSL all-star squad, naturally, was not about to take that lying down. They were attacking, and Lawerenz had their first real chance about a half hour in, when he broke past TPL center back Adam Sale, who plays for the Laketown Rangers, and was in on goal, and chipped the goalkeeper, but beat everybody as the ball landed on the top netting. Lawerenz came back, however, and just five minutes, delivered a wicked cross to the BSL's golden boot winner Xilit-Zaxac Yol who headed the ball into the corner to tie the game at 1. The BSL squad kept up the pressure, as Harald Fireblade forced a sprawling save from TPL goalkeeper Elvis Pacabel, who also plays for a local club in the Atlantea Hurricanes.

In the second half, the BSL kept up their momentum, and finally found a second breakthrough. Rosie Tyler was fouled about yards away from goal, and this allowed the Banijans a opportunity to serve a looping cross into the box. Kizza Okafor served in a looping cross, and Jalang Ba rose up, above everybody, and found the back of the net with a powerful header for the BSL All-Stars to take a 2-1 lead. But from there, the TPL All-Stars went to show their superiority quality. They heaped all kinds of pressure on the BSL All-stars, and it would be Gabriel LaPierre, another local lad who plays for Club de Atlantea, who would score to level the game at 2.

Both teams, at that point, were going for the winner. It was quite an entertaining spectacle- players flying up and down the pitch. An all-star game, of course, so defenses be damned, and both sides had good opportunities. Assefa Yitebarke had a curling shot for the BSL All-Stars that just missed in the 72nd minute, and Benjamin Tennyson, who had come off the bench for the TPL All-Stars, had forced a spectacular save from Edgar Farsal-Smith just to keep the game level in the 78th. But they went deeper into the game, and in the 87th minute, Randall Abl Bakr, the defensive midfielder for the Tintown Terrapins in the TPL, rose above everybody and headed home a corner kick to basically bury the game. Quite a spectacle it was, an entertaining, back and forth, attacking match.

What to Watch for this Summer

1. The Coaching Carousel

And now, of course, the coaching carousel has begun. What teams are looking for a manager? Well, of course, the biggest job on the market is the Jinja City FC job, with Alexander Bumba leaving his current job voluntarily for opportunities abroad, most likely in Cobrio- though, of course, nothing has been confirmed yet. And in a very controversial decision, Brelk-Avarn has not been granted the full time manager tag at Busukuma AC, meaning that he will not be returning to the country. Over the course of the final matchdays, when he was in charge, he earned 54 points- which would have been tied for fifth in the league with Bunyoro RSC, just behind the rest of the Super 5. While many said that they should have faith, Busukuma AC has indicated a desire to 'reset' everything, and after following four consecutive top four appearances, culminating at their first ever league title, with a pair of 10th place finishes, a clean reset may not be the worst idea for a club that seems rattled.

However, while those two Super 5 jobs are open, those are not the only open jobs on the market in the Banijan Soccer League. Gregory Banis from Aissa United, after rescuing the team from a disastrous first half from relegation, has been relieved of his managerial duties regardless. Yafet Kahsai has been fired from Umbazi Metropolitan after 8 seasons. Jose Gonzalez has been fired from Mynda Electra after 7 seasons at the helm. And, last but not least, Alaji Senghore has, surprisingly, made the decision to retire from the Hawabark Boulders. He told reporters that he had "brought the Boulders from the Southern League to the BSL, and we find ourselves firmly in the BSL with a midtable finish last season- now is the time to pass the torch."

This means that six BSL jobs are open- Jinja City FC, Busukuma AC, Mynda Electra, Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club, Aissa United FC, and the Hawabark Boulders. Five managers fired, one retiring. There are other older managers who teams have to think about in the coming season- Brian Emerson will be 79 next season at Herzegovina City, and Teague Spanos is entering his 12th year at the helm at Rukunbi FC. But for now, we know what teams will need managers on the market this summer. And, of course, both Winad-Lenpi and Adam Jeffreys expect at least phone calls from the Super 5 clubs. Will Lakiska SC and Bunyoro RSC have to go coach hunting again?

2. Herzegovina City refreshing the back line

One of the keys for Brian Emerson this upcoming offseason, is how to strengthen the defense. The back line is aging- and there needs to be fixes. Delbin Kasekende, the captain and the goalkeeper, is retiring. Next season, Kearney will be 34, Brehanu 35, and Atieno 36. They need to get younger there, and fast. Felix Millar, their left back, ensures some continuity, but they're going to be looking for at least a center back, and probably more. But where to look?

We don't know whose available on the international market, and you know signings wont' happen until they've at least had a stab at the international market. But considering they need to fill up to four spots in the back, at least one player could be signed from home. Think of an Emeka Jajah, from the Busembe Timberwolves, or even Demba Kinteh, the teenage center back who hit the game winning penalty for Dukuma SC in the RBSA Cup Final. Expect Uzoma Iruka to be a target as well.

3. Hoima Warriors looking to strengthen the midfield and truly challenge for title

The Hoima Warriors did something this season that they haven't done in what seems like a lifetime- qualify for UICA competition by finishing third in the league. Their first UICA appearance since Season 2, it is an incredible step forward. HOwever, the Warriors have much to accomplish, and their long-term ambitions are to dethrone Herzegovina City FC, the current kings of football in the country, winning the league title 5 times in the past seven seasons.

The direction from upper management will be to challenge next season for a league title, and the opportunity to bring silverware back to Hoima. They'll certainly do their best to back Mark Grayson in the transfer market as they chase after that title. And where will they look? The midfield. A midfield trio of Owusu, Ndaw, and Utpah Ishan won't win a league title. ANd while, of course, you've got to look at the international window first, a player like Kizza Okafor from Lakiska SC would be a big fit, if he wants to leave the South Island.

4. What talent will leave Banija for greener pastures?

While the Banijan Soccer League is certainly on the rise, it has not reached the mountaintop yet. And therefore, there is always the possibility of top tier talent leaving. Aaron Aiza left after Season 6, for greener pastures in Valanora. ALanso Tamba, stunningly, left last season, to go get it up in the Nepharim Premiership after a shocking 10th place finish in the BSL. Who could be the talent to leave Banija this season? This one is harder to say- will Amadi Uche, struggling for a chance with the Kadongo Kamu, want to fix his national team fortunes by plying his trade in a foreign league?

This one is hard to say, but we can say this almost for certain- somebody will leave Banija, and we'll have to learn to adjust and cope with that. The question of who, of course, won't be answered until the window.

5. Aging talent concern for Jinja City FC

Now, of course, what is known as Banija's most stable club is about to be in a state of flux. With Alexander Bumba leaving the club, they are looking for a manger for the first time since the formation of the Banijan Soccer League. And look at the roster. Both of their central midfielders are 33, and 34, years of age respectively. Sia Fall, while having a resurgent season this past season, is going to be 33 next season, and is certainly not getting any younger. Menshikov will be 34 next season. Even Lin Moon is currently 33, and seems to be reaching the end of the line after having a fantastic prime with the club.

Xilit-Zaxac Yol and Jalang Ba are the constants right now, alongside Matthias Prudenzio, but beyond that, what do we know? They had a good season, getting back into second place and the UICA Champions Cup, but with aging players and a coaching change coinciding with one another, we might recognize the squad that they put on the field in Season 10. Regardless, it will certainly be an interesting summer to watch Jinja City.
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Postby Banija » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:06 am

Banijan Lacrosse League

Bunyoro RSC win the IDLO Champions Cup for the second time in advance of the BLL Season

A Bunyoro RSC player in the IDLO Champions Cup Final

DODOMO, BUNYORO- The IDLO Champions Cup, of course, is held immediately before the Banijan Lacrosse League starts. Qualification naturally happens as part of league play. And the Bunyoro RSC dynasty, the dynasty of the club outside the traditional lacrosse heartland of the Moravica region, has continued in this competition. IT is not an easy competition- the world’s best lacrosse sides play each other, home and away, over the course of quite a few weeks before the knockout stages come, where they, once again, play each other home and away. That is until the final is played at a neutral site- last season, this neutral site was Kizza I Field in Herzegovina City, Banija’s only lacrosse specific stadium.

28 teams, from 7 different associations, entered the competition. There were 7 groups of four, and 16 teams would qualify for the knockout stages. These would be the top two in each group, plus the two best third place sides. The four Banijan teams in the competition were Bunyoro RSC, the league champions, the Vidizi Bulls, the Istria Thunder, and the Luguyala Patriots. The Vidizi Bulls struggled big time in Group B, winning just one of their six games. After such a strong season, where they won the Moravica Conference, where they swept the Patriots in the semifinals, 2-0, many thought that they could make their mark in international competition. But how does this look before the start of the season? They went 1-5 in group play, finishing in dead last in their group. The group was dominated by the Mallox Mayhem of Cosumar, but going 1-5 does not bode well for the season that is upcoming.

The other sides did not struggle like the Bulls. The Istria Thunder, in fact, were dominant in group play. The Thunder, alongside the Mallox Mayhem from Cosumar, were the only two teams in group play to go a perfect 6-0-0 in the group stages. Not only that, but they finished earning the #1 overall seed for the Champions Cup playoffs. They headed into the playoffs as one of the favorites. And, with that #1 side, meaning that the path to the title would go through the Moravica region. Considering all their knockout games would be in Istria, and the final in Herzegovina City, that made them the favorites, right? And while they beat Brady City of Darmen in the Round of 16, they lost a quarterfinal at home against the Samotath Wyverns, of Cosumar, pretty handily, by a score of 9-2. IT started with so much hope, and yet, the quarterfinal a severe disappointment. That’ll have to give them extra motivation heading into the season, right?

The Luguyala Patriots finished in 2nd in their group, going 4-2 in the group stages. They had to travel to Samotath to play the Wyverns, before the Thunder did, and most unfortunately for them, their path to Herzegovina City ended in Cosumar on that very night, when they fell in a thriller, by a score of 9-8. A tight game, a tough end to a solid season. It shows the Patriots are good, but the failure to win in the playoffs, the failure to win their group, shows that they are truly not elite. They are good, but not great.

And lastly, Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club. Banija’s lacrosse power outside of Moravica, they had an excellent tournament. They beat the Tsars, of Abanhfleft, by a score of 6-4. Considering the number of times that the Fleftic national team beat the Banijans in the WLCs, particularly WLC 22 and WLC 25, the last time the national side made it to the semifinals, that was a slight revenge for the Banijans. Slight, however- the two don’t really compare. Then, of course, Bunyoro RSC was once against host to a lacrosse match, playing the South Beach Sharks of Seraxinborough. A last second goal for the BLL champs allowed them to win, 11-10, and get back to the semifinals of club lacrosse’s most prestigious trophy. In the semifinals, their route to Herzegovina City went through Cosumar, and they beat the Klyde Guardians by a score of 9-7, on the road. The final, in Herzegovina City, was against the Mallox Mayhem. Bunyoro RSC won their second IDLO Champions Cup trophy by a score of 12-5.

What does this mean for the upcoming BLL season? That, of course, Bunyoro RSC are the team to beat. They are #1 in the country, as the BLL champs, and #1 internationally. They are dual-title holders, and they are looking to repeat their run of success. You have a number of teams in Banija who are going to try and challenge. Do the Bulls look capable of challenging for the throne? At this point, no. The Patriots? Maybe, but doubtful. The Thunder are certainly capable of taking another shot at the champs. But this tournament is valuable beyond the trophy- all four of these sides will begin the season practically in midseason form, while everyone else is rusty. We’ll find out soon enough who will win the BLL, but it promises to be quite the season this year.
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Banijan Lacrosse League

Bunyoro RSC are National conference champions again as they aim to fourpeat in the BLL

Istria Thunder player handling ball in regular season BLL contest

Final Regular Season Standings
Top two in each conference clinch playoff berths and berths in Champions Cup appearances

National                           Pld   W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Bunyoro RSC 14 11 3 190 116 +74 33
2 Busukuma Flyers 14 10 4 171 120 +51 30
3 Jinja City Weasals 14 9 5 169 134 +35 27
4 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 14 9 5 159 141 +18 27
5 Luguyala Patriots 14 7 7 144 156 −12 21
6 Hoima Gators 14 5 9 130 155 −25 15
7 Mynda Knights 14 3 11 120 186 −66 9
8 Kitara Athletic Association 14 2 12 91 166 −75 6

Moravica                           Pld   W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Istria Thunder 14 12 2 174 127 +47 36
2 Iziarad Wildcats 14 10 4 150 108 +42 30
3 Vidizi Bulls 14 9 5 150 132 +18 27
4 Herzegovina CIty Kings 14 8 6 175 132 +43 24
5 Hamilton Jackals 14 5 9 130 147 −17 15
6 Kosactus Hammerheads 14 5 9 118 174 −56 15
7 Taramazna Hawks 14 4 10 119 153 −34 12
8 West Istria White Wings 14 3 11 120 163 −43 9

DODOMO, BUNYORO- The fifth season of the Banijan Lacrosse League is finally upon us. Now, of course, for the new followers of the lacrosse league, the format is relatively simple- the teams are divided into two conferences of 8 teams each. One is the Moravica Conference, consisting of 8 teams from the Moravica region. The region, of course, is the heart and soul of the Banijan lacrosse game, incredibly popular in Banija's richest and most diverse region. Teams come from all across the region- from the region's big cities, with a pair of teams from Istria and a team from Herzegovina City, as well as a team from Vidizi, an inner-ring suburb of Herzegovina City. It is popular within midsized and rural Moravica, with a team coming from a city as small as the village of Hamilton, a village of just 9,000 the league's northernmost lacrosse team.

And then, there is the National Conference. These consist of 8 teams from across the rest of the nation. The other region where lacrosse really has a foothold, besides Moravica, is the Bunyoro region. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club, famously known as the only fan-owned club in the Banijan Soccer League- or, of course, the only true club depending on who you ask, since it certainly isn't a franchise, is also known as an international sporting power in lacrosse. The winners of international club lacrosse's first ever competition, the Champions Cup, they have won the last three editions of the Banijan Lacrosse League, including a perfect 17-0 season that 2nd time around, as well as winning the IDLO Champions Cup two of the past three competitions. And with that dominance, they are kings of club lacrosse worldwide.

The race to dethrone Bunyoro RSC, at least here at home in Banija, begins with the National Conference. Bunyoro RSC was more heavily challenged this season, than last. Last season, it was the Luguyala Patriots who finished in 2nd place, and yet, were three games behind in the conference standings, as Bunyoro RSC ran away with the conference title. And yet, the Patriots, with some key retirements, fell down the league table. Even though they were in the IDLO Champions Cup last season, they did not seriously challenge for the league title this year, falling back to .500.

Then, who challenged Bunyoro RSC for the conference throne? The Flyers, once again, were strong. But the Jinja City Weasels, who finished fifth last season, came roaring back up the table. They, alongside Umbazi Metropolitan, and the Busukuma Flyers, were serious challengers for the league title. Ultimately, however, a dominant Bunyoro RSC, even with a worse record, got out ahead of the pack to an 11-3 record, to clinch home field advantage in the BLL Playoffs semifinals, and led the entire league with 190 goals scored across 14 goals.

Who would join them in the playoffs? The Flyers, Weasels, and Umbazi Metropolitan spent the whole season jockeying with each other for 2nd place in the conference, and for the last playoff berth. While the battles were tough, ultimately, it would be the Busukuma Flyers who would manage to finish best among the three challengers. Finishing at 10-4, they have clinched a playoff berth as well. That means, of course, that they not only will play in next season’s IDLO Champions Cup, but that they will also play in the playoffs this year, and potentially have another chance to dethrone the three time defending champions of the Banijan Lacrosse League.

And now, for the Moravica conference. The Moravica region is the traditional heartland of Banijan lacrosse- the national team plays essentially almost all of its home games within the region. The country’s pair of lacrosse specific stadiums(both in Herzegovina City), are in the Moravica region. And yet, the country’s, and frankly, the multiverse’s, dominant lacrosse side is not from this region. They are instead Bunyoro RSC, a region where lacrosse is very popular, but outside of the lacrosse heartland of Northwestern Banija. Many fans in this region wonder if this is their year, finally, to claim the throne of Banijan lacrosse?

The Istria Thunder, who recently went undefeated in the group stages of the IDLO Champions Cup, only to fall in the quarterfinal to the Samotath Wyverns of Cosumar, carried over the disappointment of a quarterfinal elimination into an excellent domestic season. They earned the best regular season record in the entire Banijan Lacrosse League, going 12-2 over the course of 14 games. This earned them the Moravica Conference title, wrested from the hands of the Vidizi Bulls, and a return to the BLL Playoffs. But this time, instead of drawing Bunyoro RSC in the first round, they will have home field advantage as a conference champion.

The other side to make the playoffs was surprising. While many suspected one of the Herzegovina City sides, either the Vidizi Bulls or the Herzegovina City Kings to challenge for the second spot, it was one of the conference’s suburban sides- the Iziarad Wildcats. A city of 166,000, located in the Northeastern suburbs of Istria, they have an energetic support base. And yet, playoff appearances for the Wildcats are rare- until this year. Beating both the Bulls and the Kings to that spot will mean that two Istria-area sides will be in the playoffs, and Banija’s biggest metropolitan area will have two shots at the Banijan Lacrosse League title.

Of course, as a reminder, the playoffs are best of 3. Which means, Bunyoro RSC will take on the Iziarad Wildcats, with Games 1 and 3(if necessary) in Bunyoro, and Game 2 in Iziarad. The Istria Thunder will take on the Busukuma Flyers, with Games 1 and 3(if necessary) in Istria and Game 2 in the nation's capitol. And then, of course, the winners of each series will play at Kizza I Field, in the national championship game. Who isn't excited for the playoffs?
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Postby Banija » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:41 pm

Banijan Lacrosse League

Bunyoro RSC are crowned once again for unprecedented fourth consecutive league title

Bunyoro RSC player celebrates after final whistle blown in BLL title game

Final Regular Season Standings
Top two in each conference clinch playoff berths and berths in Champions Cup appearances

Semifinal #1 (Best of 3)
Game 1: Bunyoro RSC 9–4 Iziarad Wildcats
Game 2: Iziarad Wildcats 4–22 Bunyoro RSC
Bunyoro RSC wins series 2-0

The first semifinal saw the three time defending league champions, Bunyoro RSC, go toe to toe with the Iziarad Wildcats, the suburban Istria squad. In a season that saw the power shift within Banijan lacrosse to the southern part of Moravica, away from the historical northern heartland of this sport, the Iziarad Wildcats were the latest challengers to Bunyoro RSC's supremacy. Game 1, in Dodoma, Bunyoro, was actually fairly close, although the defending champions controlled the game. The score was 9-4, as Bunyoro clearly established themselves as the better side, but not so much that the Wildcats couldn't win game 2.

But then, Bunyoro RSC showed exactly why they were considered the best team in the multiverse, why they were the holders of both the IDLO Champions Cup and the three-time defending holders of the Banijan Lacrosse League. They went to Iziarad, in front of a hostile crowd of 6,000, and won 22-4. They were up 14-0 at halftime against the challengers, the arena mostly clearing out by then. This team was on a roll. They fed off off the energy, fed off of the environment, and showed their class on that night. Can anyone in this country stop them from winning again?

Semifinal #2 (Best of 3)
Game 1: Istria Thunder 16–9 Busukuma Flyers
Game 2: Busukuma Flyers 9–2 Istria Thunder
Game 3: Istria Thunder 7–8 Busukuma Flyers
Busukuma Flyers win series 2-1

And now, for the other semifinal. Would the Istria Thunder be able to make up for their recent disappointments- a semifinal loss in the playoffs last season, a loss in the IDLO Champions Cup quarterfinals to start this season, and finally get the silverware that they've spent the last year so close to? Winning their conference title was a start, and they got to not only avoid Bunyoro in the semifinals, but got home field advantage. Their opponent? The Busukuma Flyers. The capitol side felt overwhelmed when they traveled to Banija's largest city, and the Thunder won, 16-9.

In Game 2, the Flyers came back in Busukuma, and won by the same margin. Their goalkeeper put on a clinic, while the defense was swarming. NO room to run, lots of possesion, an almost perfect game in the back as they won by a score of 9-2. They then went back to Istria for the decisive Game 3. This was a thrilling, back and forth sort of game. With the crowd in Istria baying for the team to make the 45 minute train ride north to Herzegovina city for the title game, both teams were giving it their all, and it ended up being tied, 6-6, with 3 minutes left in regulation.

And that is when the game got truly wild. A Flyers goal made the score 7-6, adn many thought that could be the game winner. But with just 75 seconds left, the home side scored an equalizer, sending the crowd truly into a frenzy. Overtime, in the decisive match of a semifinal? That would be something. But with just 35 seconds left, it would be the road side that would quiet the crowd down with a stunning winner. They held on for the last half minute and change, and it would be the Flyers that would have the opportunity to dethrone the giants of Banijan lacrosse.

BLL Championship Game
Bunyoro RSC 8–7 Busukuma Flyers
Bunyoro RSC are champions of the Banijan Lacrosse League

The championship game, at Kizza I field in Herzegovina City, was a thriller between the Flyers and Bunyoro RSC. It was tight and decisive throughout. Bunyoro RSC started out fast, scoring the game's first three goals, and many thought that they would simply overwhelm the capitol side en route to the title. But the Flyers came back. IN this game of runs, they scored a shocking five in a row to take a 5-3 into halftime, and many thought that the impossible could come true- maybe the Flyers would pull off what would certainly be one of the great upsets in Banijan lacrosse? The upset that could take down a dynasty?

That would not be true on this day. Bunyoro RSC then matched the run that Busukuma had, scoring 5 in a row of their own to take an 8-5 lead, with just 6 minutes left in regulation. And Busukuma fought back. With 4:10 left, they scored to make the score 8-6, and they clawed one more back with 1:50 left, when another goal made the score 8-7. Bunyoro RSC was on the edge of their seats, and Busukuma was attacking the net fiercely. HOwever, they did not have one more in them, and when the clock hit triple zeroes, it was Bunyoro RSC, who had swept aside all challengers for the fourth season in a row, and were crowned champions of the BLL.

An entertaining season it was. And boy, the challengers to Bunyoro's crown are getting close, aren't they? Busukuma was on the brink this season. But yet, Bunyoro RSC prevailed, for now. We'll look forward to the IDLO Champions CUp to kick off the beginning of next season, and we'll see which of Banija's playoff participants prevail on the global stage.
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Season 2 of the Gridiron Football League of Banija- Basic Information

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The Olympic Committee of Banija is proud to present the Gridiron Football League of Banija. It is the top professional gridiron football league of both Banija and the Busoga Islands. It consists of 16 teams, with 15 in Banija and one in the Busoga Islands. They compete in a franchise model, who play in two separate eight conferences based on geography- the Coastal Conference and the Heartlands Conference. They play a double round robin within their conference, alongside two crossover games, for a full 16 game schedule. The crossover games are determined by the previous season's record- if you finish in 1st or 2nd in your conference in Season 1, you will play the 1st and 2nd place teams in the other conference from Season 1. The 3rd and 4th place teams are grouped together similarly, as well as the 5th & 6th place squads, and the 7th & 8th place squads.

Six teams make the playoffs. The top two in each conference, automatically seeded in the top 2 spots, then the next best 4 overall by record. The playoffs are then played home and away, with the national championship game played at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma, National Capitol Region, Banija- aka, the national stadium.

Teams in the GFLB
Coastal Conference
1. Herzegovina City Cobras. Location(city, region): Herzegovina City, Moravica. Colors: Green.
Star Field, Capacity of 62,600. They rent the stadium from Herzegovina City FC in the BSL.

2. Rukunbi Wizards. Location: Istria, Moravica. Located in Western Istria, the largest of the 5 districts of Istria with 38% of the city's population and generally considered to be culturally distinct from the rest of the city. Colors: Orange & Black.
Eastern Stadium. Capacity of 37,000. They rent the stadium from Rukunbi FC in the BSL.

3. Istria Black Mambas.. Location: Istria, Moravica. Located in Downtown Istria. Colors: Blue & Silver.
Liberty Stadium. Capacity of 70,000. Host of NSCF 12 & NSCF 14 Finals.

4. Dukuma Dragons. Location: Dukuma, North Island, Busoga Islands. Colors: Red.
Dukuma City Stadium. Capacity of 27,000.

5. Busembe Timberwolves.Location: Busembe, Kitara. Colors: Gray, Black, and White. Same organization and stadium as the Busembe Timberwolves in the BSL.
The Wolf's Den. Capacity of 44,000.

6. Sisonke Leopards. Location: Sisonke, Kitara. Colors: Black and Yellow.
The Leopard's Den. Capacity of 47,000.

7. Busukuma Athletic Club. BAC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region. Colors: Red & White. Same organization as Busukuma AC in the BSL.
Lukwago Field, Capacity of 37,000.

8. Busukuma Suns. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region, Banija. Color: White & Gold.
Sun Valley Field. Capacity of 53,000.

Heartlands Conference

1. Jinja City Springboks. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Color: Sky Blue
BCEL Stadium. Capacity of 52,400. Rent the stadium from Jinja City FC in the BSL.

2. Hoima Zebra. Location: Hoima, Ankole Region. Color: Red
PG Arena, Capacity of 44,500. Rent the stadium from the Hoima Warriors in the BSL.

3. Mynda Gorillas. Location: Mynda, Aksum. Color: Yellow
Kawesa Stadium. Capacity of 41,000. They rent the stadium from Mynda Electra in the BSL.

4. Lwanga Rhinos. Location: Lwanga, Buganda. Color: Purple.
The Watering Hole. Capacity of 63,000.[/url]

5. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club. Location: Umbazi, Buganda. Colors: Pink. Same organization as Umbazi Metropolitan SC in the BSL.
Buganda Regional Stadium, Capacity of 29,000.

6. Askatasuna Wildcats. Location: Askatasuna, Aksum. Color: Black.
Askatasuna City Field. Capacity of 40,000.

7. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club. BRSC. Location: Dodomo, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue. Same organization as Bunyoro RSC in the BSL and Bunyoro RSC in the BLL.
Stadium- Albert III Stadium. Capacity of 48,600.

8. Aissa Crocodiles. Location: Aissa, Hangaza. Colors: Green and white.
The Crocodile Swamp. Capacity of 47,000.
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