Holders Proline had to come from a goal down in order to avoid an embarrassing Stanbic Uganda Cup round-of-64 upset against Big League side Katwe at the StarTimes ground yesterday.
Mike Lubowa gave Katwe a ninth minute lead, firing home from a left wing cross to punish slack defending.
They held onto that lead until six minutes into the second half when striker Brian Umony who was making his second appearance for Proline was brought down in the box.
Captain Mustafa Mujuzi dispatched the resultant penalty kick before Hakim Kiwanuka gave Proline a deserved lead with the second goal eight minutes from time after nice layoff from Hamis Kiiza.
Proline now join fellow topflight league club Mbarara who opened the round with another 2-1 away win over Kakira on Monday.
Today, 2016 champions Vipers are among the teams in action with their Kitende neighbours and third division side Kajjansi the opponents as they seek to bounce back from Friday’s 1-0 loss to SC Villa in the league.
“It is important is to forget what happened last Friday against SC Villa. We have put that in the past and our focus now is on the task at hand. This is a different game, a different competition and it will be tough. We have to be motivated if we are to go far, this is a knockout competition that gives you no second chance when you fumble, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win,” Vipers head coach Edward Golola said of the game.
Kajjansi who missed out on Big League promotion after losing to Katwe last season are captained by former SC Villa midfielder Edgar Luzige and have several experienced players including midfielders Moses Kigongo and Mark Kisenyi.
Vipers SC is a strong side but we are more than ready for the big challenge ahead of us. I believe my players will play their hearts out to get the best result,” coach Moses Ssenyonga told Swiftsports ahead of the game.