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Beaten Proline exit CAF Confederation Cup

By Joseph Kizza

Added 3rd November 2019 02:38 PM

It is the end of the road for Ugandan side Proline FC, who are beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Libyan side Al-Nasr Benghazi in the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.

Beaten Proline exit CAF Confederation Cup

A heartbreaking exit for Proline FC. (Photo by Richard Sanya)

It is the end of the road for Ugandan side Proline FC, who are beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Libyan side Al-Nasr Benghazi in the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.

2019-20 CAF CONFEDERATION CUP PLAY-OFF ROUND

SUNDAY RETURN LEG RESULT

Proline FC 0-2 Al-Nasr Benghazi

(Al-Nasr advance 4-2 on aggregate)


Live reporting by Joseph Kizza

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(Scroll down the page for earlier updates)


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6:20pm  |   Good evening

(Al-Nasr beat Proline 4-2 on aggregate to progress)

 

Not the result Proline wanted today but that's football for you. Win some, lose some. Hard luck lads. Congratulations to Al-Nasr Benghazi for doing what they needed to do.

For me here, that's all for today. All the best to KCCA.


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6:15pm  |   ELSEWHERE . . .

(Al-Nasr beat Proline 4-2 on aggregate to progress)

There has been plenty of similar action in other parts of the continent, and for now, we know some of the teams that have moved on to the group stage - and of course, those that are out of the competition.

Horoya (Guinea) beat Bandari (Kenya) 5-2 on aggregate.

El Masry (Egypt) eased 6-0 on aggregate past Cote d'Or (Seychelles).

Nouadhibou (Mauritania) edged out Triangle (Zimbabwe) 4-3 on aggregate.

Enyimba (Nigeria) made easy work of TS Galaxy (S.Africa) with a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

Zanaco (Zambia) bulldozed Cano Sport (Equatorial Guinea) with a massive 8-2 aggregate result.

Other games are under way.

Uganda's remaining representative in the competition, KCCA FC, will be in action at 10:45pm against Paradou.


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6:05pm 

(Al-Nasr beat Proline 4-2 on aggregate to progress)

Every game has a winner and a loser. But that should not kill bonds, and these fans in the picture below are well aware of that.

Sports unites people.

 
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5:58pm  |   Contrasting scenes

(Al-Nasr beat Proline 4-2 on aggregate to progress)

One camp is celebrating while the other is left pondering what could have been.

 


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5:53pm  |   FULL TIME: PROLINE CRASH OUT, AL-NASR PROGRESS

(FT: Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

 

It's game over for Proline FC.

Referee Elsiddig Mohamed Eltreefe final whistle brings the game to a grinding halt.

Visiting Libyan side Al-Nasr Benghazi have advanced to the group stage 4-2 on aggregate.

 
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90 (+2) min

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

The hosts are not going down without a fight . . .

 
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90 min  |   FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

We have four minutes off extended action at StarTimes Stadium.


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86 min  |   End in sight

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

Al-Nasr can sniff the group stage. Even the setting sun will not distract them.

Game over for Proline? Time is not their best ally at the moment.


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84 min  |   CLOSE! - Proline

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

Substitute Joshua Okiror is involved, and so is Bright Anukani. The visitors are in trouble six minutes before time.

But the visitors let out a huge sigh of relief as Proline's effort rolls off the target, out of play.


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80 min  |   TEN MINUTES TO GO

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

Time is running out for the home side. They are trailing 2-4 on aggregate.

What do they have in their reserve tanks? They need to slap on those afterburners real quick. In fact, as soon as NOW!


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73 min  |   Proline staring at exit door

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

The moment when Fakroun Salahaldeen administered some relief to this injured teammate. Referee  Elsiddig Mohamed Eltreefe was drawn in to scrutinise the situation.

The temperatures are sweltering. The action equally intense.



Here is how the Al-Nasr man ended up writhing in pain on the floor . . .



And  he needed to be stretchered off the pitch for extended medical attention.

 
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67 min  |   Proline staring at exit door

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

Can Matia Lule's side launch another comeback?

They need a massive one this time - and they have only 23 minutes to score at least two goals to stay in the contest.


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62 min  |   GOAL! - Al-Nasr

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 2)

It has just got more difficult for Proline. Al-Nasr have doubled their lead, with Ibrahiem Albedwi Osama the man on target.

The Libyan side are leading 4-2 on aggregate.

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60 min  |   Alriaydh Abdelrhman solid

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Proline are failing to beat this man.

 
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56 min  |   Proline make changes

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Earlier, the hosts made reforms, slapping on Allan Egaku and Joshua Okiror and taking off Arnold Sserunjogi and Sam Kintu.

In the first half, we saw Sserunjogi's fierce header crash against the bar to deny the home side.


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53 min  |   GREAT SAVE!

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Almost the equaliser they needed, Proline!

Al-Nasr goalkeeper Alriaydh Abdelrhman is drawn into early second half action as he must clear the danger inside his box. Bright Anukani was heavily involved there.


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50 min  |   Bright start for Proline

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

A bright start for the home side. They needed to. They are trailing.

Wonder what Matia Lule told his boys in the dressing room.

Perhaps something along this line: "Guys, we can't let this slip out of our grasp!"

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5.01pm  |   SECOND HALF UNDER WAY

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

A reminder to the home camp that Proline MUST score to stand any chance of going through.

For now, the Al-Nasr bench is looking comfortable. They are leading.


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4.53pm  |   Elsewhere on the continent

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Bandari (Kenya) 0-1 Horoya (Guinea). Horoya are through to the group stage (5-2 on aggregate).

El Masry (Egypt) 1-0 Cote d'Or (Seychelles)

Triangle (Zimbabwe) 0-1 Nouadhibou (Mauritania)

TS Galaxy (S.Africa) 0-0 Enyimba (Nigeria)

Zanaco (Zambia) 2-0 Cano Sport (Equatorial Guinea)


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4.48pm  |   HALF TIME!

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Not the first half that the home fans were hoping for. But there is still another 45 minutes to come. Almaryami Khalid's fifth-minute goal is the difference thus far.

Time for some half time pep talk.


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45 min 

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

THREE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME.

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41 min 

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Elkikli Mohamed's men have proved a tough nut to crack. Four minutes remaining before half time.


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37 min 

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Time is running out for the home side. Yet once again, they come under pressure from the marauding Al-Nasr attackers but home keeper Hassan Matovu saves well.


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33 min  |   HITS POST! - Proline

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

That was close!

Proline again come close to finding the equaliser but are denied by the post as well as Al-Nasr goalkeeper Alriaydh Abdelrhman's brilliance. Even the young fans in the stands can't believe how that did not go in the back of the net.

The hosts are huffing and puffing.


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30 min

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)


Look away now Proline fans . . .

As it stands, the Ugandan side are out. Al-Nasr are leading 3-2 on aggregate.

Fifteen minutes to the break.


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26 min   

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Proline get their first corner of the game. The home fans raise their volume.

But the delivery will come to nothing though. Anxiety builds.

 
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24 min   

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

We are a little over the halfway mark of the opening half and the visitors are leading.

Proline must score to stay in this.

 
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19 min   

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Proline are on the attack. Joseph Mandela has burst through, trying to leave his marker for dead, but he is brought down for the hosts' freekick.

Nothing comes from the resulting taking though.

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15 min  |   KCCA eyeing group stage

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

Meanwhile, Uganda Premier League defending champions KCCA FC are also in CAF Confederation Cup contention and will be in action later this evening.

In the first leg on Sunday, Mike Mutebi's side hosted Algerian side Paradou AC, but things did not go quite as planned in the first of two legs of the playoff round. The winner over the two-legged tie will move on to the group stage, but KCCA did not do themselves any favours when they failed to capitalise on home advantage in a goalless affair at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

The return leg will be played tonight in Algiers. Can the Kasasiro Boys recover?

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10 min   

(Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1)

The visitors have burst out of the blocks with blistering speed and that early goal will have done well to inject the much-needed belief they so desired here in Kampala.

Coach Matia Lule's side need to respond swiftly.

Bright Anukani, who scored the second equaliser in Alexandria, is looking bright, trying to inject pace into his side.

 
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 05 min  |   GOAL! - Al-Nasr

Proline 0 Al-Nasr 1

Early trouble for the hosts. They are trailing five minutes into the opening half after Almaryami Khalid puts Al-Nasr in front after Bernard Muwanga fails to deal with the danger.

It means the Libyan side are leading 3-2 on aggregate.

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KICKOFF!

Proline 0 Al-Nasr 0

Sudanese referee Elsiddig Mohamed Eltreefe blows his whistle.

It's game on!

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3:57pm  |   The team are out

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

Proline are in all-yellow while the visitors are sporting a green and white jersey.

 
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3:50pm  |   10 minutes to kickoff

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

It's almost time, ladies and gentlemen.

 

 
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3:35pm  |   Glorious sunshine

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

StarTimes Lugogo Stadium is soaking up the late afternoon sunshine. It is a beautiful day for a huge game like the one we have today.

Twenty-five minutes to get the action under way.


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3:25pm  |   'One of my dreams'

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

In the buildup to today's clash, Proline FC player Joshua Okiror has shared his thoughts on what it means playing continental club football.

"This is a great opportunity for me and the team. Playing at the continent has been one of my dreams ever since I joined Proline. This is the opportunity for me and the team to move to greater heights. One of my biggest motivations has been God from day one and our togetherness as a team. We fight as a family. You can't afford to fail your family, which is Proline."

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3:18pm  |   What both sides need to advance

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

 

The hosts, Proline, are hoping to raise their profile even higher by making club history with progression to the group stage.

It is their first appearance on the continent and going as far as the group stage on the first time of asking will be a huge accomplishment.

To advance, the Ugandan side will need a scoreless or 1-1 draw to book a historic place in the next phase of the tournament. Their opposition, Al Nasr, know they must win or pick a draw of more than three goals to go through.

But if we happen to see another two-all draw in today's game, the decider will be a penalty shootout.

 
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3:15pm  |   Thrilling encounter

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

One of the two sides will progress to the group stage of the competition.

To know who it will be, we shall have to deal with the little matter of 90 minutes of action involving  22 men hitting about a sphere on the artificial surface of Lugogo.


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3:11pm  |   How Proline got here - Part 2

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

After dealing with Masters Security Services and AS Kigali, the Uganda Cup defending champions moved on to face Libyan opposition in the play-off round. Here, the winner over two legs moves on to the group stage.

Proline's quest for a group stage ticket started off last Sunday miles away from the comfort of home.

They were playing against Libyan side Al-Nasr, who are based in Benghazi. But for security reasons, the tie was played in neighbouring Egypt in the city of Alexandria.

Proline did well, twice coming from behind to pick up a point and two vital away goals in a 2-2 affair.

Moataz Al-Mehdi put the hosts in front after 13 minutes, before Mustafa Mujuzi (aka Minister of Defence) lashed in the equaliser two minutes before the break. Al-Nasr regained their lead in the 68th minute from the penalty spot through Khalid Madji after Richard Ajuna handled the ball inside the box, but Bright Anukani ensured that the loot was shared 12 minutes to the end of the game.

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3:08pm  |   How Proline got here - Part 1

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

To reach this far, Proline first eliminated Malawi side Masters Security Services and AS Kigali of neighbouring Rwanda in the preliminary stages.

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3:00pm  |   All roads lead to Lugogo

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

The Ugandan club, who are on their debut continental appearance, are urging you all who are besotted with Ugandan football to head to the StarTimes Lugogo to rally behind them today.

One hour away to kickoff.


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2:50pm  |   It's match day!

Proline vs Al-Nasr (4:00pm)

Hello everyone, welcome to today's text coverage. It's a big day for continent debutants Proline FC.

But a Libyan side in the form of Al-Nasr Benghazi stand in the way of their extended ambitions in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Let's build up to today's decisive tie.

 

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