UMEA Games 2016 (Football):

  • Finals (Boys): Masaka S.S 1-0 Welden School, Mbarara
  • Finals (Girls): Masaka S.S 1-0 Kakungulu Memorial School
  • MVP’s: Joseph Malish (Welden) & Jacky Nassali (Kakungulu Memorial)
  • Top Scorers: Joseph Jjanjali – 10 goals (Masaka S.S) & Juliet Nalukenge – 4 goals (Kawempe Muslim)

Masaka Secondary School won two football titles at their own grave yard when they hosted the 2016 Uganda Muslim Solidarity Association (UMEA) games that climaxed on Easter Sunday at Masaka Recreational Stadium.

Also tagged Aga Khan, Masaka S.S retained the boys’ crown when they edged a hard fighting Welden School from Mbarara.

Diminutive but exciting winger, Abdulnoor Lukwata scored the priceless goal five minutes from full time in the well cheered match.

Earlier, Shaban Wasswa had missed a first half penalty that denied the host school the lead.

In 2015, Masaka S.S also won the football title in Kasawo S.S after beating Bulo Parents by one goal.

Women’s football marked a colorful debut at the UMEA games.

Masaka S.S still carried the day with a 1-0 victory at the hands of Kibuli based Kakungulu Memorial School.

Diligent midfielder, Catherine Nakiridde scored from over 40 yards as early as the opening quarter of the game and Kakungulu did not recover until the game death.

“It is joy to win at home. I thank the players, school management and the fans. We now want to win the national schools” tournament’ Simon Mugerwa, head coach at Masaka S.S told Kawowo Sports.

Welden’s Badru Ssenkayi who juggled the touch line duties with the tried and tested youth football coach, Tabuley was happy despite the loss;

It is a learning experience. We came at a short notice and this being the first experience at UMEA games, we are bound to improve and hit the bull’s eye at some point

Top performers:

Goalkeeper, Joseph Malish (Welden) & Jacky Nassali (Kakungulu Memorial) were the most valuable players in the male and female genders respectively.

Masaka’s Joseph Jjanjali , who was recently summoned to the U-20 team finished with 10 goals to take the top scorers’ accolade.

Juliet Nalukenge, a striker with Kawempe Muslim was the girls’ top scorer.

Kibuli S.S won the overall title after bagging three gold medals in netball and handball (both gender).

Masaka S.S finished second with two gold medals whilst Kakungulu Memorial was the third best.

Chief Guest, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, state minister of agriculture who is also the MP Elect for Kalungu West handed over the overall trophy to the visibly excited Kibuli S.S students.

Ssempijja used the plat form to appreciate the organizers of this tournament and assured Government will assist in the development of sports at grassroot levels.

A record 1500 students participated in the four day’s event.

Football (Boys):

Quarter finals:

Bulo Parents 0-3 Masaka S.S

Kibuli Juventus 1 (4) – 1 (5) Welden High, Mbarara

Bwikya 0 (4) – 0 (5) Wagwa High

Kibuli Flamingo 0-5 Kakungulu Memorial

Semi-finals:

Welden High 0 (3) – 0 (1) Kakungulu Memorial

Wagwa High 0-2 Masaka S.S

Finals: Masaka S.S 1-0 Welden School, Mbarara

Girls Football (Semi-finals):

Kawempe Muslim 0-1 Kakungulu Memorial

Masaka S.S 2-0 Gadafi Intergrated

Final: Masaka S.S 1-0 Kakungulu Memorial 

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

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