Uganda Premier League
Proline FC 2-1 Police FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
LUGOGO – Mustafa Mujuzi scored twice from the spot to ensure Proline FC beats Police FC 2-1 in the Uganda Premier League on Tuesday.
The defender benefited from two fouls by Police captain Joseph Ssentume.
First, Ssentume brought down Diego Kizza in the area as the forward tried to lash onto a Bright Anukani through ball.
He then pulled back Joseph Mandela leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot again.
Either side of the penalties, Derrick Kakooza had levelled matters for the Cops off a diving header.
The victory sees Proline climb onto 15 points from 19 game. However, they remain bottom of the 16-team pile.
Proline continue fight against drop
At some point in the first round, Proline looked destined for the drop as they sat six points clear at the bottom of the standings.
However, in the last few rounds, they have shown that they will not go down with out a fight.
Heading into the game on Tuesday, the Lugogo based side sat five points away from safety and knew they could not afford any errors with 12 games to play.
They got off to a dream start inside 5 minutes as Mujuzi converted a penalty.
After Kakooza had pulled Police level, Mujuzi repeated the trick on 15 minutes to ensure the hosts retained the lead.
They had chances to pull clear but could not despite holding onto the three eventually.
Hakim Kiwanuka nearly played Mandela through on goal but his attempted pass was expertly cleared away by Samuel Kayongo.
Bright Anukani pulled and effort wide after he was set up by Kizza just inside the Police area.
In the second half, Anukani shot straight at Davis Mutebi in the Police goal before Kizza missed two golden opportunity with the first going over from a few yards out and then the striker failed to connect with a neat Kiwanuka low cross.
Police’s defending costs them dearly
Police are know for their beautiful attacking brand of football, one that has won over neutrals ever since Abdallah Mubiru took over.
However, they have consistently been let down by their calamitous defending and it was the case once again on Tuesday especially in the opening 15 minutes.
They were struggling to deal with Proline’s sleek passing around the area and twice were made to pay as Ssentume conceded two penalties which were dispatched by Mujuzi.
They however grew into the game and created several chances that would have seen them pick at least a point from the contest.
Rukundu twice tried his luck from a free kick sending one wide and forcing Shatif Magoola into a save on the other.
Kaggwa who assisted Kakooza for the temporary equalizer shot straight at Magoola from distance before Odong’s header also produced similar results.
In the second half, the Cops were dominant throughout but lucked the end product.
Odong curled an effort wide before Fahad Kizito blazed over from a good position.
Moments later, Odong saw a rushed shot fly over before Kaggwa poked a Kizito through ball wide.
With time running out, Kaggwa curled an effort onto the cross bar with Magoola beaten.
In the end, Police succumbed to a 9th loss of the season which sees them stay 11th with 21 points from 19 games. It also ends their three-match winning start to the second round.
How both teams started
Shatif Magoola (GK), James Begisa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Ibrahim Sendi, Hamza Mulambuzi, Anorld Sserunjogi, Bright Anukani, Brian Umony, Joseph Mandela, Hakim Kiwanuka, Hamis Kizza.
Davis Mutebi (GK), Denis Rukundo, Arafat Ggaliwango, Joseph Ssentume, Pius Kaggwa, Johnson Odong, Samuel Kayongo, Henry Katongole, Samson Kigozi, Derrick Kakooza, Fahad Kizito.
The other games played on Tuesday
-Mbarara City FC 0-0 Vipers SC
-Tooro United FC 1-1 URA FC
-Onduparaka FC 2-1 Busoga United FC