Sat, 14th June 2014 (4:00 pm):

Buwekula Vs Singo – St   Peters Technical Grounds, Mubende

Sun, 15th June 2014 (4:00 pm):

Ssese Vs Buddu – Lutoboka grounds, Ssese Islands (Lake Victoria)

Busujju Vs Gomba – Kimuli grounds, Mityana Road

Buvuma Vs Butambala – Walwanda grounds, Buvuma Islands (Lake Victoria)

Busiro Vs Kuadondo – Bugonga Fisheries ground, Entebbe

Mawogola Vs Kooki – Sembabule grounds, Sembabule

Kyaggwe Vs Bugerere – Nakisunga grounds, Mukono

Buluri Vs Bulemezi – Mijeera grounds, Nakasongola

The King of Buganda Kingdom, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will grace the kick off of the 2014 Buganda Masaza Cup at St Peters Technical grounds in Mubende on Saturday.

Buwekula and Singo Ssaza football teams are set to roll off play at the event marking the 10th edition since they were reinstated.

A mammoth gathering is expected to attend this match of the tournament that has been a ground breaker for many footballers in Uganda.

A lot is at stake when the Masaza Cup gets underway especially as regards the opening matches when the Kabaka is in attendance.

“It is a win – win situation for either teams as the two sides have prepared adequately. Nobody would wish to lose infront of the Kabaka, so this marks the match itself tense and thrilling”, Haji Ali Mugaga, Chairman of the Masaza organizing team told Kawowo Sports.

Singo, based in Mityana are the losing finalists last year after that bitter narrow 0 – 1 loss at the hands of defending champions, Mawokota.

Buwekula are coached by Coach Dunga and are themselves lucky to have been finalists in 2012 (after losing to overall winners Bulemezi Ssaza).

Richard Makumbi, coach at Singo is one tactician who is known to plan for the games at hand.

He will be expected to use the experience of  Amos ‘Agogo’ Muwonge, Fred Kyambadde, Lawrence Ssonko, team captain Meddie Kimera, goalie Ronald Lubulwa, Mikidadi Ssenyonga and Musolini to seek glory.

The tourney is expected to last for 2 months. Players of all tribes, nationalities are free to play in this event provided they have never featured for any FUFA Big League or Super Division club.

After Saturday’s opening action, there will be 7 fixtures that will be played the following dayon Sunday across different venues.

A cross section of players have graduated through the Masaza Cup via local FUFA Big league and Super Division Clubs to the national team, The Cranes and for professional teams on the continent and in Europe.

Goal Keeper, Robert Odongkara is one among the hundreds. Having played for Mawogola Ssaza in 2009, he featured for SC Villa and URA before trekking to St George in Ethiopia where he plays his professional football.

Yanga Africa strikers, Emma Okwi and Diego Hamis Kizza both played in the Masaza Cup with Mawokota and Mawogola respectively and are now prominent faces for the Cranes.

Others are Joseph Owino, Ivan Anguyo, Brian Omony, Sula ‘Maloudu’ Matovu, Ivan Bukenya, Yasser Mugerwa, Farouq Ssentongo, Imam Bumbuli and a cross section of many football players both within and outside Uganda.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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