The scenes in the Vipers dressing room after the full-time whistle told a story of a team that would give anything to have a second bite at the cherry against Proline at the quarter-final of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
Striker Hamis Kizza Diego had to be restrained by Halid Lwaliwa and Karim Nizigiyimana from attacking whoever he wanted to attack, they made an effort and succeeded.
Moments later Vipers’ trainer Edward Ssali stormed out of the dressing room with teary eyes, he is never satisfied with the effort his players give on the pitch.
Before all that, Proline had just defeated Vipers 2-1, Ibrahim Bonyo scoring a late winner with five minutes left on the clock in Extra time.
Noordin Bunjo had to give Proline the lead after 25 minutes taking advantage of Vipers lapse in defense before Vipers Skipper Taddeo Lwanga headed them level with quarter an hour left on the clock.
From there, Proline dominated the game with brilliant displays and created various chances but were still unable to double their lead.
In the 63rd minute, Proline’s custodian Hassan Matovu made a fingertip save off Dan ‘Muzeyi’ Sserunkuuma’s tap in from an Okello swinging cross.
Ochan was then forced into two consecutive saves from Ivan Bogere’s powerful shots in the 68th minute of the game.
Vipers survived a late scare from Bright Anukani’s shot in the 87th minute, but Ochan was well positioned to save his side.
Normal time ended one all before Vipers gave it away towards the end of the second half of extra time when Bonyo headed home from Hakim Kiwanuka’s teasing cross.
Proline join fellow Big League side Kyetume FC, Bright Stars and 10-time champions Express FC, the semifinal draw is likely to be held next week.