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Proline’s Caf debut

Proline’s Musitafa Mujuzi (L) shields the ball from Bright Stars’ Nelson Ssenkatuka during the Uganda Cup final in May

Proline’s Musitafa Mujuzi (L) shields the ball from Bright Stars’ Nelson Ssenkatuka during the Uganda Cup final in May

Proline FC will compete on the continent for the first time in their thirteen-year history. They take on Master Security, a football club from Malawi, this Saturday in the Caf Confederation Cup (CCC) at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.

In May this year, Proline’s Musitafa Mujuzi became the first defender to win topscorer and Most Valuable Player (MVP) accolades in the history of Uganda Cup. This followed his team’s 5-4 post-match penalty victory over Bright Stars FC in the final. The game ended one-all in full time. Mujuzi took home two huge HiSense TV sets; one for being the tournament’s top scorer (with four goals) and the other for tournament MVP.

It was Mujuzi’s moment to shine as he has been a lowly rated player. He scored their late equalizer from the spot at the Masaka Recreation grounds in that game. And now, it is time for Mujuzi and his teammates to get over that excitement as they embark on a new challenge at the continental level.

Speaking to The Observer on August 5, Mujuzi said: “We are entering new territory. For most of us, we are experiencing the CCC for the first time. And although such an occasion would ordinarily put you under pressure, we are excited about the opportunity to showcase our quality.”

Mujuzi added that at Proline, they have been taught one thing, which is to stick to the football tradition of the club. That is tiki-taka football. “That is exactly what we intend to exhibit on Saturday. We must play our beautiful football, because it is what brought us success last season. We must continue to grow in it,” Mujuzi said.

However, a team may want to play in a certain way but what matters at the top level are results. Mujuzi, like his coach Shafiq Bisaso knows how crucial it is to win, because it lifts the team’s confidence.

Last week, Proline looked dull as Vipers dumped them (1-0) from the Fufa Pilsner Super Eight tournament. Mujuzi did not play that game, because he was on national duty with The Cranes for the Chan qualifier against Somalia.

Nonetheless, that was no excuse, Bisaso noted. He added: “It was a good wake-up call, that we had to improve on our creativity. If we cannot score goals against Master Security, especially in the first leg, we put ourselves in a bad situation.”

Mujuzi does not doubt that they are winning this weekend. But he cannot tell their fate in the in the competition. Meanwhile, KCCA FC will represent Uganda in the Caf Champions League this Saturday, when they take on Namibia’s African Stars in Windhoek.

jovi@observer.ug

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