It is always not easy for any football club to fill the void left by an already tried and tested goalkeeper at a critical time of the season.
Especially if that time comes with a lot of pressure from different stakeholders like coaches, fans, media, but for Proline FC’s Hassan Matovu the reverse is true.
The youthful custodian joined Proline at the start of the 2018/19 season on loan from KCCA FC as the fourth choice behind Saidi Keni, Nasser Lwamunda, and Michael Muhumuza. Matovu wasn’t involved in the first round due to hiccups in processing his playing license.
With Lwamunda departing the club in the first round and Keni crossing to Villa Park in the January window Proline were left with Muhumuza and Matovu as the only available choices.
Muhumuza was elevated to first choice and kept goal in three matches putting up an average performance, that tempted Proline goalkeeping coach Swaib Ssebagala to give Matovu chance.
From then on, Matovu has been the club’s strong pillar and undoubtedly one of the reasons Proline gained direct promotion to the top tier league as well as storming the Stanbic Uganda cup finals.
“It has not been an easy journey for us since we began the season and I thank God we achieved our primary season target,” Matovu exclusively told www.football-256.com.
“The trust and believe from the coaches is the reason I perfectly filled the gap Keni left as well as the brotherhood in the team,” he added.
Matovu’s Performance this season is the reason KCCA FC have released custodian Jamil Malyamungu to avail room for him ahead of the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.