• Proline 4-1 MYDA FC
Alpha “Thierry” Ssali, a son to celebrated famous musician Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool” was the talk of the city after his individual brilliance in Proline’s 4-1 win against MYDA in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
The Proline Soccer Academy graduate scored a beauty while opening his goal account with the Cup holders at the MTN Omondi stadium on his second senior team appearance.
Whilst skillful winger Hakim Kiwanuka scored one and grabbed an assist as the defending champions claimed first leg advantage on the round of 32 this Tuesday afternoon.
Before MYDA could settle in the game, dazzling winger Kiwanuka had already put Proline in an early lead after seven minutes of play.
He received Yusuf Mukisa’s square pass, controlled brilliantly and wiggled through the poorly positioned defense of the visitors placing the ball below goalkeeper Isaac Osikol for the opener.
In the 25th minute, the Flying Eagles got their first attempt through defender-turned-midfielder Paul Musamali’s long range shot that went directly into the palms of goalkeeper Nicholas Sebwato.
As the game edged closer to recess, veteran striker Brian Umony doubled the lead for the Cup holders off a brilliantly converted penalty kick that arose from a handball in the forbidden area.
In the second minute of added time, MYDA lost concentration and Kiwanuka capitalized on the appalling defense, playing through Hamis Diego Kizza who made a clinical finishing as Proline took at 3-0 lead at halftime.
The struggling MYDA side returned with double substitution introducing Mutebi Eric and Ahmed Hussein Saleh before Proline’s Umony failed to finish off Hamis Kizza’s wanting cross from point blank range.
As Proline switched off, MYDA gained momentum that saw Outta Dickson’s distant shot from the left hit the goal post while Mpaata Rashid forced a finger tip save from custodian Sebwato.
In the 87th minute, second half substitute Alpha Ssali, who replaced Umony, scored a beauty off his individual brilliance which seemed to be the defining moment of the second stanza.
He received from outside the box, put off his marker Isma Mafabi, nutmeged another opponent in Mutebi Eric to find himself in the box before pouncing home a far post shot past goalkeeper Osikol for Proline’s 4th goal.
The classic goal was Ssali’s first in the Proline jersey that saw him resort to wild celebrations with his dad, Bebe Cool who was keenly watching game proceedings from the sideline.
On the 90th minute mark, MYDA cut on the deficit through super sub and Lebanon export striker Ahmed Hussein Saleh who finished off Mafabi’s delivery with a near post cool header.
FUFA Big League side Proline smiles to a first leg advantage prior to the return leg scheduled for Friday 9th April at King George stadium in Tororo.
Sebwato Nicholas (GK), Mato Rodgers, Ajuna Richard, Sendi Ibrahim, Mukisa Yusuf, Hamza Mulambuzi, Juma Sebaduka, Noordin Bunjo (C), Brian Umony, Diego Kizza Hamisi, Kiwanuka Hakim
Substitutes: Magoola Shatif, Kabugo Savio, Alpha Thiery Sali, Sula Sekamwa, Ocholit Ivan
Isaac Osikol (GK), Mande Martin, Amos Etojo, Lojum Brandy, Outta Dickson, Basoga Derrick, Okello Stephen, Musamali Paul, Isma Mafabi ©, Mutebi Peter, Mpata Rashid
Substitutes: Mutebi Eric, Kirya Amos, Ahmed Hussein Saleh, Mark Bassi, Batali Moses
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