Uganda Cup winners, Proline Football Club are in Rwanda ahead of their CAF Confederation cup round one qualifier against Rwandan side AS Kigali.
The first leg of the tie is scheduled for Saturday 14th, September at the Stade Nyamirambo. But their departure was overshadowed by the rather disturbing news of the club being docked points.
Proline were docked six points and fined UGX 5 million for failing to honor their league game against SC Villa last week, and bringing the game into disrepute respectively.
With a continental tie to come, Proline will feel a bit undone with the timing of the decision, as it was communicated just hours before the team left Kampala for Kigali.
Proline head coach Matia Lule clearly knows that the decision has affected his players mentally, and has therefore urged his players to forget the docked points and rather focus on the game against AS Kigali.
“We are in Kigali for a mission which is to get positive results off AS Kigali so I urge my players to focus on AS Kigali and not to think about the docked points,”
“We respect AS Kigali because they are a good team, and we are aware of their approach, as we watched the replay of their tie against Tanzanian side KMC so we have a picture of what we are up against,” he added.
Proline are boosted by the addition of experienced forward Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza after he was given the green lights by CAF to play in this round.
“it is really uplifting when you have a player as experienced as Diego Kiiza. He has played at this level before and hopefully, the younger members of the squad can pick inspiration from him,” Lule continued.
The team is accommodated at Hilltop hotel and Country club in the heart of Kigali City, and will conduct their final training session at the Stade Nyamirambo later on Friday evening.