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Big League Playoffs: Proline Oust Blacks Power To Set Gaddafi Decider

Sunday, August 15
*Gaddafi 4-0 Nyamityobora
*Proline 2-1 Blacks Power

Proline FC came from a goal down to overcome a resilient Blacks Power in the second FUFA Big League Playoffs game on Sunday.

Erias Omokori gave Blacks Power a shock lead but second half goals from Brian Mato and Brian Umony saw Proline stage a successful comeback at Njeru.

The win means that Proline will face Gaddafi FC on Tuesday to determine the team that will join Arua Hill and Tooro United as the three promoted teams in Uganda Premier League for the 2021/22 season

Omokori headed home from the corner in the 17th minute after poor defending from Proline.

Joshua Okiror came off the bench to set up Mato for the equaliser. The right back picked out the far corner with a low right-footed strike to level matters in the 50th minute.

Substitute and veteran striker Umony headed in what proved to be the winner after a cross from Rogers Mato.

Action between Proline and Blacks Power

Proline Recovers From Poor Start

Eyebrows were raised at the exclusion of Joshua Okiror and Hakim Kiwanuka from Proline’s starting line-up, with the duo starting from the bench.

Without the pair, and Joseph Mandela controversially out due to Covid19, Proline looked a shadow of themselves.

They were toothless in the opening exchanges and it was not a surprise when they went a goal down.

Kiwanuka was introduced in the 40th minute, with Ivan Ocholit paving way, but Proline walked back to the dressing room without a single shot on target to their name.

Their half chances saw Hamis Diego Kizza head wide from close range while Richard Ajuna sent his freekick over the bar.

Blacks Power celebrate their opener. Sanyuka tv photo

Blacks Power were tactically astute in the first half but ran out of steam in the second half as the Njeru astroturf took its toll on players.

Proline capitalised and ran into the spaces, a reward? An equaliser just five minutes at restart.

Substitute Okiror was unselfish when he picked Mato with a well-timed pass. Mato whipped in a low drive into the net to revive Proline hopes.

Proline continued to dominate possession and asked plenty of questions but could not find a cutting edge.

Proline are 90 minutes away from return to UPL

Alpha Ssali and Umony were brought from the bench, as coach Anthony Bongole rolled his last dice.

It paid off.

Umony lurked from behind a Blacks Power defender to meet an aerial ball which he powerfully headed past goalkeeper Emmanuel Odong to send Proline through.

Blacks Power, former Bukedea FC, are braced for another season in Big League while Proline will fancy their chances against Gaddafi who eased past Nyamityobora in the first playoff game.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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