Proline players join Noordin Bunjo (middle) to celebrate the opener against Mbale Heroes during the first leg at Lugogo. Proline won the return leg 1-0 (Credit: John Batanudde)

Uganda Cup (Round of 16 – 1st Leg):

  • Proline 2-1 Mbale Heroes

Proline Football Club will carry a 1 goal cushion prior to the return leg with Mbale Heroes in the Uganda Cup (round of 16) at the Mbale Municipal Stadium next week.

This follows a 2-1 home win during the first leg of the annual tournament played at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Sunday, 02 May 2021.

The early kick-off duel witnessed two first half goals by captain Noordin Bunjo and defender Savio Kabugo.

Mbale Heroes found a late consolation through skipper Jamaldin Buchocera with 10 minutes to play.

Bunjo scored a penalty in the 38th minute after defender Geofrey Lubangakene brought down Rogers Mato.

Three minutes later, Kabugo volleyed home the second after chest-controlling a well delivered free-kick by left back Sula Ssekamwa.

Savio Kabugo scores against goalkeeper Hilbert Hatimu (Credit: John Batanudde)
Kabugo congragulated by Gerald Kirya after scoring (Credit: John Batanudde)

Mbale Heroes had suffered a set back in the opening 20 minutes when their goalkeeper Ibrahim Bashir was stretchered off for Hilbert Hatimu.

Goalkeeper Ibrahim Bashir_Mbale Heroes (Credit: John Batanudde)

Proline returned a far much changed side in the final half, attacking with vigour and high velocity.

Ibrahim Kibumba had a laid ball unattended to inside the goal area and Ronald Magwali missed from close range.

With 10 minutes to play, Kibumba’s delivery was headed home by Buchochera off a diving effort.

Jamaldin Buchochera celebrates after scoring the consolation against Proline (Credit: John Batanudde)
Brain Moto against Ronald Magwali (Credit: John Batanudde)

Kibumba had a close free-kick fly over Proline’ goals as the visitors sought for the much needed equalizer that never arrived.

The return leg between these two clubs will be played on Wednesday,6th May 2021 at the Mbale Municipal Stadium.

Proline XI Vs Mbale Heores (Credit: John Batanudde)

Team Line Ups:

Proline XI: Shatif Magoola (G.K), Brian Moto, Sula Ssekamwa, Ibrahim Ssendi, Savio Kabugo, Gerald Kirya, Noordin Bunjo, Brian Umony, Hamis Kiiza, Rogers Mato

Subs: Nicholas Ssebwato (G.K), Ramathan Juma, Alpha Ssali Thierry, Norman Kugonza, Ivan Ocholit

Mbale Heroes XI Vs Proline (Credit: John Batanudde)

Mbale Heroes XI: Ibrahim Bashir (G.K), Ibrahim Kibumba, Joel Ayella, Jamaldin Buchochera, Geofrey Lubangakene, Ronald Mawgali, Faizal Kiberu, Akairamu Mundo, Edward Wamboka, Joel Male,Vincent Owindo

Changes: Hilbert Hatimu IN, Ibrahim Bashir OUT (Goalkeeper)

Subs: Daniel Jakony,Davis Mayanja, Alex Akapyo, Peter Otai, Brian Okoa, Luuka Okori

The match officials pose with the Proline and Mbale Heroes captains prior to kick off at Lugogo (Credit: John Batanudde)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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