Action in the Airtel Buganda Masaza tournament Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2017 Airtel Masaza Cup

Saturday, June 24

Group B:

  • Ssese Vs Mawogola – Lutoboka, Ssese Island

Sunday, 25th June:

Group A:

  • Kyadondo Vs Butambala – Gayaza playground
  • Mawokota Vs Buvuma – Buwama playground, Masaka road

Group B:

  • Buddu Vs Kabula – Masaka Recreation Stadium, Masaka

Group C:

  • Singo Vs Busujju – Mityana Ssaza ground
  • Gomba Vs Buwekula – Kabulasoke PTC playground, Gomba

Group D:

  • Bulemeezi Vs Buluuli – Kasana playground, Luweero
  • Kyaggwe Vs Bugerere – Bishop S.S playground, Mukono

The Airtel Buganda Masaza football tournament returns this weekend with eight games on the menu.

Only one match (between Ssese and Mawogola) will be played on Saturday and the other seven games will be played this Sunday, June 25 at the different grounds.

Bruised Ssese, coming from two back to back defeats against Kabula and Buddu, shall entertain Mawogola at the Lutoboka playground.

A victory for either side will bring any of the teams back in contention as they seek qualification from Group B led comfortably by Buddu on 11 points.

On Sunday, Group A leaders Kyadondo (11 points) require at least a point off visiting Butambala to ensure qualification to the quarter finals. This match will be played at Gayaza playground.

The other Group A duel will see struggling Mawokota take on Buvuma at their Buwama fortress. Both sides fell in their immediate last games.

Three time winners Mawokota have been a shadow of themselves with only a draw in the last 4 games played. The latest slip was the 3-0 loss away to Busiro at the Sentema playground.

In Group B, the reigning champions Buddu need one point off visiting Kabula to ensure a slot to the knock out stage.

Kabula, currently on 6 points visit the intimidating Masaka Recreational stadium with hopes of playing catch up to the run away teams – Buddu and Kooki who have 11 and 9 points respectively.

Meanwhile, Singo hosts Busujju in Mityana and Gomba takes on Buweekula at Kabulasooke PTC ground in Group C encounters.

It is still a tag of war for the top three sides with Gomba leading the group on 8 points. Singo and Buweekula have accumulated 7 and 5 points respectively. Busujju, losing semifinalists to Gomba last year have just two points in the coffers.

Group D leaders Bugerere (with 7 points and a superior goal difference ahead of Bulemeezi) make a short trip to third placed Kyaggwe (6) at the Mukono Bishop S.S playground.

At the barren Kasana playground in Luweero, home side Bulemeezi will lock horns with Buluuri, who have just managed 2 points this term.

Two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarter finals that are played on a home and away basis.

The tournament that has been played for now 13 years has graduated through different technicities and sponsorships alike.

It is also a rich platform to showcase raw talent, many of whom have ascended the ladder up to the Uganda Cranes and even played professional football outside the country.

Notable of players on the Masaza success script include among others Tonny Mawejje (Buddu), Faruku Miya (Butambala), Joseph Owino (Mawogola), Emmanuel Okwi (Mawokota), Brian Umony (Kyadondo), Mike Sserumaga (Mawokota), Aziz Kemba (Gomba), Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (Mawogola), Alex Ikanga, Yassar Mugerwa (Gomba), Yunus Sentamu (Bulemeezi), Nelson Senkatuka (Bulemeezi), Robert Odongkara (Mawogola), Edrisa Lubega (Singo), Sula ‘Malouda’ Matovu (Mawogola), Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Mawokota), Robert Mukongottya (Buddu) among others.

Buddu are the defending champions.

Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup All Winners:

  • 2016 – Buddu
  • 2015 – Singo
  • 2014 – Gomba
  • 2013 – Mawokota
  • 2012 – Bulemeezi
  • 2011 – Buluri
  • 2010 – Not Held
  • 2009 – Gomba
  • 2008 – Kyadondo
  • 2007 – Mawokota
  • 2006 – Kooki
  • 2005 – Mawokota
  • 2004 – Gomba

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

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