Proline FC’s quest to jump out of the relegation zone started off well but the struggle continues when they host table leaders Vipers SC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.
Proline picked up a 2-1 away victory over Maroons FC on Friday, their first victory on the road since April 2018, when they defeated Tooro United.
Proline also scored first in a game for just the second time this season in all competitions. They failed to win on both the previous two occasions.
The victory was their fifth this season, and despite staying bottom of the log, they closed the gap from safety to just three points. Subsequently resurrecting talk of survival that has looked angst this season.
However, for Anthony Bongole the Proline assistant coach who is filling in for the injured Baker Mbowa, it’s one game at a time.
“We shall attack just like it was against Maroons, of course, every game is a final, and we play to win each game and tomorrow won’t be any different,” Bongole told www.football256.com.
About the player fitness, Bongole revealed all of his players are fit save for captain Mujuzi Mustapha who is suspended after he was sent off for a second bookable offence against Maroons while new signing Brian Umony who is yet to be cleared by FUFA.
Vipers did enough to see off Kyetume 1-0 at Kitende, replenishing their four-point lead at the summit of the table to four points over second placed KCCA.
The Venoms head coach Edward Golola admitted that his team were not at the level they should be at, but he takes the positives and they should focus on the future.
January signing Paul Mucureezi scored just eight minutes into his debut at the club and will be raring to go once again.
His combination with forwards Fahad Bayo and Tito Okello impressed especially in the build-up to the goal against Kyetume, and they will play a significant part against Proline on Tuesday.
Golola will welcome back midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga from injury, while forward Abraham Nduggwa and captain Halid Lwaliwa will require a fitness test after returning to training this week.
Bashir Asiku is a serious doubt for the game, while Muhamad Shabban and Livingstone Mulondo are out of the game as they continue their rehabilitation.
Bayo scored the solo goal when these two sides last met in October 2019, a game that continued Vipers’ dominance in the fixture.
Vipers have never lost to Proline in the league, winning six of the seven games they played, drawing once.
Although Proline did eliminate them from the Uganda Cup at the quarterfinal stage last year at the same venue.