May 5, 2014

Proline Distraught With Relegation, Stars Walk Out; ‘We Won’t Play In Big League’

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“We held a heated meeting with Mujib last week and openly told him to look for new players to replace us, you could see he was at crossroads and was speechless for a moment but we did it for the goodness of our future careers,”

Proline’s players were in tears after the Lugogo side’s 5-year stay in the Super League ended with a crushing 0-1 defeat to BUL on Sunday just a day after Express FC had also beaten them at home still that left them lost for words.

Proline, in 15th place with 21 points from 29 matches, never looked up for the fight and an own goal from Ali Mbogo put the visiting side 1-0 in front.

“Yesterday (Sunday) is one of the worst days I’ve ever had,” coach Shafik Bisaso told Red Pepper Online today.

“We had no chances from the beginning, we weren’t in the game. The team felt too much pressure, we couldn’t run, we couldn’t pass, we couldn’t play.

Down and OUT: Gift Ali lays down after the Express defeat. PHOTO John Batanudde
Down and OUT: Gift Ali lays down after the Express defeat. PHOTO John Batanudde

“Afterwards, nobody said a word. Everyone was down, there were some tears.”

“I was very confident that we could avoid relegation and I was convinced before the game that we had a great chance,” the youthful coach said.
“I spoke with the players before and they seemed to be confident and in the dressing room they were up for the fight.

“But I have to take responsibility and I apologise, not only for yesterday, but for the situation.”

On Friday a host of senior Proline players have vowed to walk out on their hardhearted manager cum owner Mujib Kasule. The shaming act by club captain after the 1-0 loss to Express on Friday served to confirm their resolve.

Defensive skipper Yusuf Mukisa stripped of his shirt and arm band, ran to the pitch centre, threw it down in anguish attracting many fans thunder clap – probably sharing his dissatisfaction. Coach Bisasso tried to down play Mukisa’s unfortunate gesture but the message had already been taken home.

Proline's latest FSL form
Proline’s latest FSL form

“I guess he (Mukisa) was overcome by emotion, he has given all his life to the team’s survival only to lose out in the dying moments,” said Bisasso , who many see as just a stooge with Mujib doing the actual managerial role.

Many Proline players Pepper Sport has talked to revealed their desire to leave for greener pastures because they have ‘suffered enough with Proline’.

“We held a heated meeting with Mujib last week and openly told him to look for new players to replace us, you could see he was at crossroads and was speechless for a moment but we did it for the goodness of our future careers,” said one player on anonymity preference.

Winger  Patrick Senfuka is also poised to move away.
Winger Patrick Senfuka is also poised to move away.

Mujib is faulted by many observers for selling off many key players in team in a dire need of quick money which in the long run has crippled the seven-year-club. Patrick Edema, Anthony Bongole, Razak Aziz, Ivan Bukenya, Robert Urube, William Wadri, Patrick Senfuka and Ronnie Kisekka are some of the players that have gone on to galvanize other teams leaving Proline to depend on academy players.

Even the few senior players who had kept some loyalty like Kamada ‘Ndiefi’ Ssebagala and Julius Okocha have of late deserted the cash strapped club that once had the honour of dealing with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand’s family.

SORRY: Gift Ali helped to stand up by Senkufa. PHOTO John Batanudde.
SORRY: Gift Ali helped to stand up by Senkufa. PHOTO John Batanudde.

DONE HERE: Skipper Mukisa left the club shirt and offcial armband on the pitch after the Friday loss at Lugogo. PHOTO John Batanudde
DONE HERE: Skipper Mukisa left the club shirt and offcial armband on the pitch after the Friday loss at Lugogo. PHOTO John Batanudde

With the player revolt taking its toll on the club that joined the Super league ‘through the window’ in 2009 replacing then insolvent Nalubaale FC, pundits and punters unanimously agree that Mujib could run back to parent club KCC FC since he has been seen recently hobnobbing with the club’s top management.

Efforts to get a comment from Mujib were futile by press time yesterday.

Additional reporting by John Batanudde.

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