In what was pitted as a clash of the titans in the Rwenzori Group FUFA Big League, there was nothing to separate Proline FC and Kansai Plascon by the end of 90 minutes after a pulsating second half.
Proline will have themselves to blame after throwing away a glorious opportunity to gain automatic qualification to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Both teams were slow to get off the blocks in a rather timid and jaded showing in the first half.
Matters were not helped either by the gloomy weather as it threatened to derail what was already a buoyant build up ahead of this Big-League cracker.
This must have raised a few tongue-in-cheek moments having seen the StarTimes UPL game on Wednesday between Ndejje Lions and Onduparaka temporarily called off due to the sickening weather.
Meanwhile on the pitch, these two were at it toe-to-toe. Proline FC were fortunate to take the lead against the run of play courtesy of Ivan Bogere’s ice cool finish.
Only for Kansai Plascon to be handed a lifeline after some lackluster defending from Proline skipper, Mustafa Mujuzi.
Mujuzi failed to assertively deal with a back pass and relinquished possession to Robert Ssentongo Jr in the final third of the pitch.
This drew him into panic mode and in a desperate attempt to make amends for his doings, he brought down the playmaker in the area. Referee Ali Sabila did not hesitate to point to the spot and award Plascon a penalty.
The already brilliant Sula Bagala stood up to level matters by sending Proline goalkeeper, Hassan Matovu the wrong way from twelve yards.
This sparked a barrage of attacks from Plascon who could have easily taken the lead within two minutes of drawing level.
Some intricate build-up play involving Bagala , Ssentongo and Brian Oyuka insumately opened up Proline’s defense only for Ssaka Mpiima to clear the ball from five yards out.
At this point, Mustafa Mujuzi was clearly psychologically suffering and Plascon seemed to take note of that.
They consistently took the ball to him and matters were not helped when he was turned inside out by Ssentongo Jr and left flat on his side thus tweaking a muscle which saw him complete the game while limping a bit.
Amidst the foray of attacking football, both sides were solid at the back making sure that the game ended 1-1 as the spoils were evenly shared.
This means Proline still lead the Rwenzori Group with 39 points from 18 games closely followed by Kansai Plascon with 38 points from the same number of games.
Proline next travel to Kabale to take on Kabale Sharp while Kansai Plascon shall be at home to entertain fourth placed Dove FC.
Both these games shall be played on May 9th, as these two sides continue to tussle it out for automatic qualification to the top flight.