Sunday, November 3
*Proline FC 0-2 Al-Nasr SC
(Al Nasr win 4-2 on Aggregate)
2018/19 Uganda Cup winners Proline FC had their continental journey ended with a 2-0 home defeat by Libyan side Al-Nasr at the Startimes stadium, Lugogo.
After drawing 2-2 in the first leg, advantage was with Proline FC who needed at least a goalless draw to reach the group stages on first attempt.
Almaryami Khalid and Ibrahim Albedwi Osama scored for the visitors who were the deserved winners in a tense affair.
The visitors went ahead in the 4th minute, punishing Proline who had Mustafa Mujuzi lose possession in his own half for Almaryami to pounce past goalkeeper Hassan Matovu.
Hamisi Kizza almost found the leveller but his shot was cleared away by Al-Nasr goalkeeper while Mujuzi’s freekick hit the wall before Bright Anukani had a rebound denied by the crossbar.
Joseph Mandela’s header off Ssaka Mpiima’s well weighed delivery deflected off the keeper before ricocheting off the woodwork as Proline huffed and puffed.
Arnold Sserunjogi also came close but the ball hit his chest before going out from a well delivered Bright Anukani corner.
Anukani had a shot driven away by goalkeeper Alriaydh Abdelrhiman, substitute Allan Egaku missed from close range before defender Bernard Muwanga’s effort hit the crossbar.
Albedwi doubled the advantage for the visitors when he fired from long range after he received a pass from the corner kick.
Noordin Bunjo who started from the bench, had a precious chance at goal but also failed to beat the goalkeeper.
Proline Go Out Heads High
Memories of this journey will remain strong in their minds. The side, comprising of mostly youngsters, put up spirited performances in the campaign through.
Their CAF Confederations cup indirectly started when they beat Bright Stars in Masaka to win the Uganda Cup.
Under coach Shafic Bisaso, they beat Masters Security 3-0, with Ivan Bogere bagging an hat-trick. They drew goalless in Malawi to reach the next stage.
Bright Anukani scored in Rwanda as Proline picked a one all draw against AS Kigali before getting the job done on Kampala where the side won 2-1 where Bogere scored twice.
In Alexandria, Egypt, Anukani and Mujuzi scored in a 2-2 draw.
Proline FC – Hassan Matovu (GK), Mustafa Mujuzi(C), Saka Mpiima ,Yusuf Mukisa, Bernard Muwanga, Arnold Sserunjogi, Josep Mandela, Sam Kintu, Hamisi Kizza, Bright Anukani, Ibrahim Wamannah
Al-Nasr – Alriaydh Abdelrhman, Abdulqaden Hamed, Fakroun Salahaldeen, Sherif Abdalla, Ibrahim Albedwi Osama ,Abubaker Rabiaam, Alajeeli Muhanad, Almaryami Khalid, Husayn Muetaz