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Uganda Cup: Mujib Blames ‘Controversial’ Referee Donney After Knockout Against Synergy

Saturday, April 28
Synergy 1-0 Proline FC

Proline FC head coach Mujib Kasule has blamed the poor officiating from referee Robert Donney as his side bowed out of this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup.

Proline FC lost 0-1 to hosts Synergy FC in a game played at St Charles Lwanga Kasasa play grounds, Masaka.

Action between Proline (yellow) and Synergy. Photo – Proline media

Ivan Ahimbisibwe’s goal was the difference as the Masaka-based side stormed the Uganda Cup semis.

Speaking with Mujib Kasule on phone call, he revealed:



The officiating was very poor and biased from the start, the ref (Donney) seemed that he didn’t want us to do anything.
“We were called offside wrongly, denied a penalty as the host’s fouls went unpunished.”

The coach added that Synergy used a lot of time wasting techniques after they went in front, but the referee did nothing.


Everything was a total mess, the entire set on the day was poor and you could easily tell that they had come with a mission to deny us a chance to progress further.”

The result sees Synergy progress to the semi-finals where they will rub shoulders with SC Villa and KCCA FC – Vipers SC will be in action on Sunday against Kansai Plascon in Mukono in the remaining quarter final tie.

On whether the defeat was a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Proline FC to give 100% concentration to league survival, ‘Jiba’ revealed:

We wanted to fight strong on both sides but it’s now unfortunate and we feel hard done by.”

It should be remembered that in 2015, FUFA referee’s committee gave Donney a four month ban after he mishandled the Uganda cup final between Villa and KCCA FC.

Donney (right) guarded by Police in Ntungamo

The game played at Kyamate grounds in Ntungamo, saw Donney award a controversial penalty to Villa; Erisa Ssekisambu converted it but the KCCA FC fans stormed the pitch before the game was called off in 73rd minute.

Assistants Musa Balikowa, Robert Bakwali and fourth official Brian Nsubuga were given two months suspensions

Mujib still confident about beating the drop:

Last season, Proline FC were mid-table finishers – The Wandegeya club finished eighth on the table with 39 points after winning eight league games.

This season, they have won seven so far, but they are second from the bottom with 26 points, having lost 13 league games.

With five games on their card, Mujib is still positive:

There is still a big chance, we just have to win like three games which is still possible.
“I believe in the squad I have, we have picked seven points out of a possible nine.”

In their last league games:
Masavu 1-1 Proline
Proline 3-1 Police
Soana 1-3 Proline

It should be noted that this is the first time that Proline has managed to avoid a defeat in three consecutive league games, they last achieved this milestone in April/May last year (avoiding defeat against Saints, Bul, Bright Stars before making it four in a row against Express FC).

Will they make it four?

Proline remaining fixture:

Vipers – H
Mbarara city – A
Villa – H

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