FUFA Big League final
Proline FC vs Wakiso Giants
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Referee: Shamirah Nabadda
LUGOGO – All good things have to come to an end and for Wakiso Giants and Proline, the day has come.
The two sides have been cruising throughout the 2018/19 FUFA Big League season and either side would be forgiven for not wanting the it to end.
However, it has to, and for one of them, it will end with a title in the hands as the two will contest the final on Saturday, 18th May, at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.
Wakiso Giants earned their finals’ spot after topping the Elgon Group following a run of 11 wins, 8 draws and only one defeat.
In their maiden season, the Purple Sharks have been the envy of everyone else in the division and it would only feel right for their faithful, if it climaxed with a first ever championship.
“It’s an important game for us, says Wakiso Assistant coach Andy Lule ahead of the game.
“Although our main target of promotion was achieved, we would love to crown the season with a trophy.
Wakiso was only given birth-to, last year after they bought off the now defunct Kamuli Park. Their target was to attain promotion at the first time of asking but with a trophy now on line, who would turn it down anyways!
Going into Saturday’s encounter, Wakiso goalkeeper Yasin Mugabi is back from injury and could start in goal ahead of Ivan Mutumba. However, there is no place for Norman Ogik who is still nursing an injury. Winger Yasin Mugume is a major doubtful for the games as well.
For Proline, they are also aiming to end the season on a high.
After succumbing to relegation from the top tier last year, the Lugogo based side made big changes especially in management. Out stepped long serving coach Mujib Kasule and he was replaced by Shafick Bisaso.
In his maiden season back at the club, Bisaso knew that promotion back to the top tier, was the primary target and he achieved that in style.
With 42 points, Proline won the Rwenzori Group boosting the best record in the entire division.
With a Uganda Cup final against Bright Stars coming later this month, the Proline faithful couldn’t have asked for more at the start of the season.
“We have had a dream season as per our standards, said Bisaso.
“We won the Rwenzori Group and are into the finals of both the Big League and Uganda Cup. What more would we have asked for for God!
“Everyone at the club knows we still have two games to play in the season and victories in both games will see as crowned double champions.
Despite finishing ahead of Wakiso in terms of points, Bisaso is worry of the threat that the Purple Sharks possess.
“Wakiso Giants is a very good side with proper management and administration.
“They have very good experienced players some of whom at one point featured in the National team. But my team is also good and with God on our side, we will win the contest.
Proline will feel they have a slight advantage going into the contest as it will be played at a venue on which they have been hosting their League games for the last three years.
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.
Both side won their respective Big League Groups with Wakiso topping the Elgon Group on 41 points while Proline did likewise in the Rwenzori Group, one point better off the the Purple Sharks.
In their last games, Wakiso drew 1-1 away to Dove All Stars while Proline defeated Kabale Sharpe 2-0.