It was so close yet too far for Bright stars when they conceded a late penalty after dominating the match for the entire 90 minutes of the final played at Masaka recreation grounds.
Inspirational captain Nelson Senkatuka had put Bright stars in the lead via a classic free kick within 25 yards soon after resumption of the game after a barren first half.
Proline who looked off the pace in the match were closed down every time they tried to create some movement.
Shafiq Bisaso withdrew flair midfielder Noordine Bunjo for Allan Egaku in a bid to switch in approach with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Moments later, the match swung into Proline’s favour following the dismissal of Aggrey Kirya in the 84th minute.
Things turned from bad to worse for Bright stars when Enock Walusimbi caught the ball trying to stop Hakim Kiwanuka’s low cross.
Center referee Ali Sabira showed no mercy to him and immediately pointed to the spot.
Mustapha Mujuzi boldly stood up for the challenge amidst immense pressure and he flawlessly converted the penalty to send the game into spot kicks.
Shafiq Bisaso picked a perfect line up of takers who converted their kicks with great precision.
Mustapha Mujuzi took first, followed by Bright Anukani, Allan Egaku , Ivan Bogere and Hakim Kiwanuka.
For Bright stars , it was their captain Nelson Senkatuka who missed the final kick of the evening after Farouk Katongole, Samuel Sekitto, Rajab Kakooza and Methodius Jungu had converted theirs.
Proline became the first second tier side to win the trophy and they qualify as Uganda’s representatives in the CAF confederations cup.
Mustapha Mujuzi was voted the most valuable player of the tournament in addition to the golden boot which he won courtesy of his four goals. Cephas Kambugu of Kyetume also finished with four and he will also be awarded as a joint top scorer.
Benson Wagima of Bright stars took the golden glove award for emerging the beat goalkeeper of the tournament.
Hassan Matovu, Ssaka Mpiima, Musitafa Mujuzi, Ibrahim Sendi, Hakim Ssekito, James Begesa, Sam Kintu, Ibrahim Wammanah, Ivan Bogere, Bright Anukani, Noordin Bunjo
Micheal Muhumuza, Emmanuel Asiku, Joseph Mandela, Arnold Sserunjogi, Ibrahim Bonyo, Hakim Kiwanuka, Allan Egaku
Bright Stars XI
Hamza Muwonge, Aggrey Kirya, Sam Sekitto, Enock Walusimbi, Farouk Katongole, Brian Enzama, Rajab Kakooza, Jamil Kalisa, Brian Kayanja, Nelson Senkatuka (C), Dan Birikwalira
Benson Wagima, Augustin Kacancu, James Angu, Methodius Jungu, Moses Okot, Juma Sebaduka, Henry Kiwanuka
2018-2019- Proline FC
2014-2015- SC Villa
2012-2013-Sports Club Victoria University
2007-2008- Victor’s SC
2003- Express FC
1999- Mbale Heroes
1998- SC Villa
1997- Express FC
1996- UEB SC