2019 Uganda Cup Final
Proline FC vs Bright Stars FC
Masaka Recreation Grounds, Masaka
Saturday, 25-05-2019 @4pm
MENGO – With just two days to the 2019 Uganda Cup final, both Proline and Bright Stars held their respective pre-match press conferences on Wednesday.
Represented by their head coaches at FUFA House in Mengo, both sides promised a good show.
What they said
Shafick Bisaso, Proline FC head coach
“As Proline, we are excited about being in the finals and are motivated.
“We are not looking at history but we know time is on our side.
“We are working hard. This is our first final and we want to play good football so that everyone enjoys the game.
“We respect our opponents because they are a bigger team who play in the top tier and have a very good coach.
“Despite the respect, we do not fear them and are ready to do all to win come Saturday.
Fred Kajoba, Bright Stars head coach
“First i would like to congratulate my opposite number for bringing back Proline to the top tier.
“As Bright Star coach, my team is ready for the finals and i am confident my team will play good football.
“It is not my first time to coach in a final and i am sure at the end of the day, will defeat Proline because we are slightly better than them.
Bright Stars are expected to be without captain Nelson Ssenkatuka for the finals as the forward will be with the Uganda Cranes team in Durban, South Africa for the 2019 COSAFA Cup.
Asked if that is a set-back to their ambitions, Kajoba had this to say;
“He is an important player for us because he is our captain but he has not been so influential in our run to the finals.
“When you look at his contribution, it has not been the best and i am sure we can live with his absence.
How the two teams reached the final
Fred Kajoba’s side defeated Kazo Excel 4-0 in the Round of 64 stage, they went on to eliminate Bumate on penalties in the round of 32. In the last 16, they defeated URA 2-1 away from home before sealing a semifinal spot off a 1-0 win against Nebii Central.
In the semis, they required penalties to dispatch Express after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.
Proline eliminated Light SS, Nyamityobora, Onduparaka, Vipers and Kyetume to reach the finals. In the Vipers game, they required extra time while penalties separated them from Kyetume.
The Match officials for Saturday’s final
Sabila Ali – Referee
Mark Sonko – Asistant Referee 1
Issa Masembe – Assistant referee 2
Oloya William -4th Official
Referees’ Assessor – Amin Bbosa Nkono