2019 Bamasaaba Bikuuka Sports Tournament (Netball and Football):
- Tentative kick off: August (Date will be confirmed)
- Theme: “Fostering Unity and Talent Development among Bamasaaba”
The thrilling Bamasaaba Bikuuka (Inter-clans) 2019 sports tournament that entails football and netball disciplines is back after a year’s absence.
There are 26 clans registered for this year’s championship whose kick off has been confirmed for August (exact date will be communicated).
The draws to determine the eight groups were held on Saturday 27th April 2019 at Hill Top View Hotel in the mountainous Eastern Uganda town of Mbale.
Football defending champions Halasi were pooled in group G alongside Hugu and Tandiga.
2018 losing finalists in football Wakoko are in group E with Kobero and Mutiru.
Group A has four teams;Lutsekhe , Wabwala, Mumbo and Mushika.
Just like group A, there are four teams in group F with Mukonde, Musoba, Wafumbo and Sano.
Muyobo, Ginyanya and Masifa constitute group B whilst group C has Siu, Wangokho and Shiende.
Kigai, Mututa and Mubutu are all in group D.
Group H is composed of Lago, Sulani and Luganya.
The tournament is organized by Inzu Ya Masaaba Youth and Sports Ministry.
This ministry is spurred by the minister Israel Koboi and his deputy Ronnie Wabomba.
For starters, the inaugural championship was organized by a group of Bamasaaba under their umbrella body Bamasaaba Sisimuka Club (BASC) in collaboration with Inzu Ya Masaaba.
The theme of the tournament is “Fostering Unity and Talent Development among Bamasaaba”.
By-laws and regulations:
The FIFA and FUFA laws of football shall be respected at all time but this particular tourney has a few modifications.
For instance; players of FUFA Big League and below are allowed to take part but those in the Star Times Uganda Premier League as well as those players who play for international clubs will not be allowed.
Only players born from the respective clans will be allowed to feature in the tournament.
Each clan has to pay Shs 100,000 as registration for their two teams (football and netball).
In a related development, the Bamasaaba community in Kenya who are four million will also engage in a similar tournament and the winners will lock horns with the Ugandan version champions in an epic friendly contest.
The Bamasaaba community in Uganda totals to three million people and are all unified under the cultural institution of Inzu Ya Masaaba led by Umukuka Bob Mushikori.
This championship is played every after two years, happening only in odd years because the even years are reserved for the much respected circumcision cultural ceremony that initiates young adolescent boys into manhood.
Lasi edged Wakoko clan 1-0 in the finals of the men football during the 2017 edition.
In Netball, Lutsekhe condemned Kobero 14-11 in a well contested finale to lift the championship.
Different grounds within the Bamasaaba communities will be used.
The top two clubs per ground will qualify for the round of 16.
*Key information by Ronnie Wabomba (Deputy Minister For Youth and Sports in Inzu Ya Masaaba)