Ndugwa strike inspires newcomers Masavu over Proline

  • Uganda Premier League
  • Proline 1-0 Masavu
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Masavu goal scorer Abraham Ndugwa takes on Proline skipper Saka Mpiima at Lugogo on Saturday

Intelligent striker Abraham Ndugwa is a prodigal son at Masavu Football Club.

Ndugwa exactly proved that when he scored the lone strike for the Uganda Premier League newcomers Masavu in their victory over Proline at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo on Saturday.

The Uganda U-23 striker had for the past weeks trained with KCCA at the same facility.

Against Proline, it took the diminutive forward 26 minutes to make his presence felt when he drilled home past goalkeeper Keni Saidi from close range off Ivan Lubale’s set piece.

Masavu’s sweet win was also watched by the club director Anthony Kimuli.

It quickly brings back the warmth and smiles across many at a time the club lost through a boardroomdecision in their would be opener to Police because they could not produce player licenses in time for the game.

Mujib Kasule’s Proline, fresh from the grueling goalless draw away to Onduparaka in Arua struggled to make a footing in the game. They had the lion’s share of the ball possession, but lacked the killer punch upfront.

Nigerian import Bismarck Muduike, Daniel Isiagi, Fahad Bayo and David Owori were all kept at bay by the Masavu backline of Sande Mukiibi, Moses Kiggundu, Sulaiman Ochero and Ibrahim Mpengere.

Kiggundu was later withdrawn for Philly Lutaaya at the right back mid-way the second half as the visitors changed strategy to keep numbers in the defence.

Midfielder Onesemas Andama also took Charles Wamala’s place to beef up the attacking options up front.

Alex Gitta, one of the two coaches at Masavu alongside former Uganda Cranes international midfielder, Joseph Mutyaba, sighed with relief at the final whistle.

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Alex Gitta, coach at Masavu Fc on the sidelines during his club’s 1-0 victory over Proline at Lugogo

In an interview after the game, Gitta disclosed to Kawowo Sports that they had a game plan that worked to perfection;

As we were coming here, we had a strategy to deny the opponents spaces. It worked well and we hurt them with the goal early in the first half which we defended well for the rest of the match

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Proline head coach Mujib Kasule looks during his club’s 1-0 loss to Masavu on the UPL match day 2 at Lugogo

Proline director cum head coach Mujib Kasule slammed the slow process of acquiring licences as one of the reasons that forced him to field players ‘not ready’ for service.

We have had a difficult moment to get the players supposed to play.

In the last game, we missed a bulk, against Masavu we also missed like 2 to 3 players because of the slow licence acquisition process.

Masavu climbs to 8th with the maximum points earned.

In their next encounter on Tuesday, the club will visit Soana at the Kavumba Recreational Stadium.

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MASAVU’s left back Sande Mukiibi reacts faster to close down on a Proline winger at Lugogo

Meanwhile, Proline will make the short trip across town to face Police who held SC Villa on Saturday to a one-all draw.

Team Line ups

Proline XI: Saidi Keni (GK), Saka Mpiima, Ibrahim Sendi,  Mustapha Mujuzi, Sam Kintu, Arnold Sserunjogi, Bismarck Muduike, Joshua Okiror, David Owori, Fahad Bayo, Daniel Isiagi

Masavu XI: Mansoor Mutumba (GK), Moses Kiggundu (Philly Lutaaya), Sande Mukiibi,  Sulaiman Ochero, Ibrahim Mpengere, Fred Umon, Ivan Lubale, Sulaiman Mutah, Charles ‘Napia’ Wamala (Onesmas Andama), Peter Lomolo, Abraham Ndugwa.