Ugandan representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup Proline FC, will tomorrow (Saturday) take on Rwandan out fit AS Kigali, in the first leg of the Total CAF Confederation Cup qualifier first round match at the Stade Nyamirambo, with high hopes of picking up positive results.
The visitors are boosted by the timely clearance of experienced forward Hamis Kiiza by CAF which will without a doubt boost there confidence upfront.
Kiiza has previously played at this level and beyond, with his former sides like URA, Tanzania’s Yanga Africans, and Simba SC. Topping scoring charts in both Uganda and Tanzania.
As Proline are embarking on their maiden continental campaign, having a player of that calibre in camp goes a long way in calming tensions and providing a bit of know how to a young squad like Proline’s.
“The mood in camp is good and the additional of Hamis Kiiza is a big boost for us given his experience and we believe he will be vital against AS Kigali.” Proline Coach Matia Lule said in his pre-match press confrence.
Going by the drills undertaken in their training session today evening at the Stade Kigali, Lule put emphasis on his team’s attacking set-up especially through Kiiza and Ivan Bogere.
Kiiza and Bogere are expected to lead Proline’s attack tomorrow. The former has recently been frozen out of the first team despite scoring a hattrick in their first leg against Masters Security in the preliminary round qualifier.
There may as well be a debut for left back Sulaiman Ssekamwa who travelled with the team after recovering from injury.
On the other hand, their opponents and hosts AS Kigali are taking nothing for granted and equally hope for better results against Proline to earn an advantage in the first leg.
Head coach Nshimiyimana Eric will rely on Eric Zidane Nsabimana and Rashid Kaliisa who gunned down Tanzanian side KMC FC in the preliminary round to reach this level.
Ugandan born Farook ‘Ruhinda’ Ssentongo, goalkeeper Batte Shamil are the other key players that AS Kigali will count on for positive results.
Could experienced veteran midfielder Haruna Niyonzima be given green lights by CAF, it will be another massive boost for the hosts.
Men to watch.
Eric Zidane Nsabimana (AS Kigali)
The attacking midfielder who was part of the Rwanda u17 FIFA World Cup team in Mexico in 2011 doesn’t only offer momentum but also brings goals to the table when needed.
Ivan Bogere (Proline FC)
The teenage and promising forward is the reason Proline are here following his hatrick that edged out Malawian outfit Masters Security. Against AS Kigali, it’s yet again another opportunity to prove his doubters wrong.