Youngster Alpha ‘Thierry’ Ssali scored his first senior goal for Proline as the side eased past MYDA FC in a Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32 game at Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.
This was the second match for singer Bebe Cool’s son after making his debut recently in FUFA Big League away victory against Tiles and Terrazo FC.
Alpha, who was part of Uganda Hippos squad that reached AFCON U20 Championship in Mauritania, came off the bench to replace Brian Umony in the second half.
He made his impact when he showed great footwork to beat the first defender, nutmegged the second with exquisite skill before firing past the goalkeeper to put an icing on the cake in Proline’s 4-1 win.
Goals from Hakim Kiwanuka, Brian Umony and Hamis Kizza had given Proline a 3-0 cushion at the break.
Ahmed Saleh’s strike proved a consolation for the visitors who will seek to overturn the deficit at home in the second leg.
The victory however puts Proline FC in pole position to reach the round of 16 as they look to defend the title they won in 2019.
The Tourney was declared null and void last year due to Covid19 pandemic.
Kiwanuka gave Proline an early lead thanks to a assist from Noordin Bunjo before Umony converted from the spot after Stephen Okello had handled the ball in the area.
Just in a flash after the second, Hamis Kiiza made it three from Kiwanuka’s back heel assist.
Umony could have got a brace when he was set by Kizza, but failed to bury a tap-in home.
MYDA with an improved second half got a consolation from substitute Ahmed Saleh in 89th minute after an earlier shot from Dickson Outta had ricocheted from the woodwork.
Paul Musamali’s well curled shot was parried over the bar by goalkeeper Nicholas Sebwato as MYDA tried to stage a comeback.
Proline FC – Sebwato Nicholas, Mato Rodgers, Ajuna Richard, Sendi Ibrahim, Mukisa Yusuf, Hamza Mulambuzi, Juma Sebaduka, Noordin Bunjo, Brian Umony, Kizza Hamisi, Kiwanuka Hakim
MYDA – Isaac Osikol, Martin Mande, Amos Etojo, Brandy Lojum, Derrick Basoga, Dickson Outta, Stephen Okello, Paul Musamali, Isma Mafabi, Peter Mutebi, Rashid Mpata.