Bulemeezi striker Gabriel Eragu races to the ball ahead of Mawokota's Sazili Nkonge at the Mpigi Police play ground (Photo: David Isabirye)
  • Airtel Masaza Cup 2019 (Match Day 2):

Sunday Results

  • Mawokota 1-1 Bulemeezi
  • Buddu 1-0 Mawogola
  • Busiro 3-0 Buweekula
  • Busujju 2-0 Kabula
  • Kyadondo 3-0 Buluuri
  • Bugerere 1-1 Ssingo

Saturday Results:

Ssese 4-1 Buvuma

Butambala 0-0 Kyaggwe

Mawokota and Bulemeezi shared the spoils, 1-1, in the Airtel Masaza Cup duel played at the Mpigi Police playgrounds on Sunday.

Following a goal-less first half, the game came to life in the closing stanza with the two goals, one for either side.

The visitors (Bulemeezi) took the lead through their inspirational captain Ronald Ssekiganda and Mawokota answered back when defender Simon Tabu Oryem curled home a beautiful free-kick.

Earlier in the opening half, it remained a balanced affair as both sides were defensive.

Simon Katumba had the first bite at the curry for Bulemeezi with an attempt on target inside the first two minutes. Mawokota goalkeeper Musa Gita was equal to the task in thy midst.

Bulemeezi striker Gabriel Eragu races to the ball ahead of Mawokota’s Sazili Nkonge at the Mpigi Police play ground (Photo: David Isabirye)

Mawokota replied in the same currency moments later. Burly forward Ibrahim Ssembatya shot narrowly wide moments later after breaking through the visitors’ backline.

It was Ssembatya once again on the quarter hour mark with yet another close attempt.

A clever backheel from Mawokota’s lead striker flew over the Bulemeezi goal off 17’s a well laid ball from the right flew over the bar.

Mawokota threatened once again when Timothy Ssempiira Bengo’s free-kick after 20 minutes was a routine collection for goalkeeper Amir Nalugoda after 20 minutes.

Bulemeezi’s Frank Nyombi is thwarted by Mawokota defender Rashid Ssemwogerere (Photo: David Isabirye)

The home side finally found the back of the net through Bengo’s glancing header but sadly the goal did not count as it was disallowed for infringement onto defender Godfrey Arijole.

On half hour mark, the visitors nearly took the lead, against the run of play when goalkeeper Musa Gita fumbled striker Frank Nyombi’s seemingly harmless attempt.

Mawokota recollected themselves with a quick counter attack

Rodgers Kiwanuka was introduced at the very start of the second half, replacing Edrisa Masembe.

Bulemeezi’s towering captain Ronald Ssekiganda narrowly headed out off Gabriel Eragu’s teasing corner kick delivery.

Bulemeezi’s Jospeh Marvin races to the ball ahead of Mawokota’s Ibrahim Sembatya at the Mpigi Police play grounds on Sunday (Photo: David Isabirye)

Mawokota’s first change was executed five minutes into the second half. Emmanuel Rugabankene paved way for Sunday Lubega Yiga.

The mood at the Mpigi Police ground was lit with the opening goal coming off skipper Ronald Ssekiganda. He struck a stunning shot off his left foot to give the visitors the lead.

The joy was, however, short lived with Mawokota’s equalizer five minutes later. Dread-locked defender Simon Oryem Tabu drilled home a perfect free-kick from 20 yards.

With 11 minutes to full time, Bulemeezi called for the second change in the game.

Simon Katumba was rested for William Sseguya as they pushed numbers upfront for the second goal.

For the rest of the remaining minutes, either side was cautious, playing safe for at least a point that was attained.

This was Mawokota’s first point in the campaign after falling to Kabula 2-0 on matchday one.

Bulemeezi now has two points after the opening goal-less affair with Buddu on a flooded Kasana playground following a rain-laden day.

Bulemeezi head coach Simon Peter Mugerwa cast the blame game to missed scoring chances for not going back home with maximum points (Photo: David Isabirye)
Saka Mpiim the Mawokota Head Coach hinted on the missing stars as a key factor to their un-satisfactory performance (Photo: David Isabirye)

Other Results:

Meanwhile, Busiro registered their second victory of the campaign, thumping visiting Buwekula 3-0 at the Ssentema play ground.

Buddu overcame Mawogola 1-0 at the Masaka Recreational Stadium to go top of the group.

Kyadondo defeated Buluuri 3-0 at the Champions Stadium, Mwererwe as Busujju were 2-0 winners against Kabula.

The much anticipated tie between Bugerere and defending champions Ssingo ended one goal apiece.

Mawokota XI (Photo: David Isabirye)

Team Line Ups:

Mawokota XI: Musa Gita (G.K), Simon Oryem Tabu, Sazir Nkonge, Rashid Ssemwogerere, Douglas Bitham, Fahad Nsambu, Timothy Bengo Ssempira, Hassan Ssenyonga, Rogers Mato, Emmanuel Lubankine (50’ Sunday Lubega Yiga), Ibra Ssembatya

Subs: Rajab Kakooza, Livingstone Mbigo, Kudrat Lubega, Mashood Nkunying, Sadat Nsubuga, Stephen Kasule

Bulemeezi XI (Photo: David Isabirye)

Bulemeezi XI: Amir Nalugoda (G.K), Muhammed Ntege,  Rogers Ssekyondyo, Joseph Marvin,  Godfrey  Arijore, Edrisa Masembe (46’ Rogers Kiwanuka),  Ronald Ssekiganda (Captain), Simon Katumba (79’ William Sseguya), Ezra Kaye, Gabriel Eragu, Frank Nyombi

Subs: Aristo Muhindo (G.K), Mashood Kafumbe, John Ben Nakibinge, Daniel Erimu, Hamza Mulambuzi

Mawokota and Bulemeezi captains with the match officials moments before kick off (Photo: David Isabirye)

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Nasser Muhammed
  • Assistant Referee 1: Solomon Lusambya
  • Assistant Referee 2: Brianson Musisi
  • Fourth Official: Lawrence Mukasa
  • Referee Assessor: Ali Waiswa
A section of fans watching the Bulemeezi and Mawokota game at the Mpigi Police Play grounds on Saturday (Photo: David Isabirye)

David Isabirye

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

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