Uganda Premier League
Proline FC vs Onduparaka FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Wednesday, 04-09-2019 @4pm
LUGOGO – Proline will be hoping to avoid a second successive league defeat when they host Onduparaka FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon.
Matia Lule’s side who were promoted back to the top-tier last season, were handed a harsh return as they lost 3-0 away to Mbarara City last weekend.
Such a result would not have settled down well with the Proline faithful especially after their hopes were elevated earlier this year
Proline are the reigning Uganda Cup holders, won the 2018/19 Big League and are currently into the second round of the CAF Confederations cup, results that suggest they shouldn’t be losing in such a fashion.
Losing heavily to Mbarara in the league is not something that the fans would have anticipated especially after enjoying fairly unexpected success in the past few months.
With that in mind, an instant reaction will be head coach Matia Lule’s craving.
“Our target is to win the game especially having lost heavily in the first, noted Lule ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
“We know how good Onduparaka can get on a given day but we will not be afraid of them.
“We will use our advantages and hopefully pick-up our first three points of the campaign.
Proline have added two personnel to their team in the wake of the Mbarara City loss.
They secured the signing of Vipers SC goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya on a season-long loan deal and also added Anthony Bongole to their coaching staff.
With the experience and undoubted talent that he comes with, Sekagya is expected to be handed his debut straight away, replacing the shaky Hassan Matovu in goal. Matovu has conceded 7 goals in his last two games including four in the loss to KCCA in the Super Cup.
Proline are expected to be without experienced right-back Sakka Mpima who is nursing an injury.
For Onduparaka, they come into the game still not sure of their opening game results.
In the contest in which they were supposed to take on Police FC last Friday, the Cops were a no show and hence the game was not played.
The League governing body (UPL) is yet to come out with a conclusive decision about the matter after Police claimed to have informed FUFA of their absenteeism.
Will the match-day result still a mystery, Onduparaka who welcomed back Livingstone Mbabazi as their head coach for a second spell, will be eyeing all three points off Proline.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two sides since 2016 when Onuparaka first featured in the Uganda Premier league.
In the previous five, Proline have won two, Onudparaka one with the other two ending in draws.
Last season, each side defeated the other once with the reverse fixture seeing Proline triumph 2-1.
Despite losing two of their three fixtures away to Proline, Onduparaka have never failed to score against Matia Lule’s side, finding the back of the net once in each of the three match-ups.
Onduparaka have not found life at Lugogo easy in the last few visits as they have lost all four of their last visits there. Two have come against KCCA FC, one against Police FC and the other verses Proline.
Other games to be played on Wednesday
-Police FC vs Bul FC @4:30pm
-SC Villa vs Mbarara City FC @8pm