Kigulu Ssaza beat Bunha 1-0 in the final of the 2019 Busoga Masaza Cup

2019 Busoga Masaza Football Championship:

  • Final: Kigulu 1-0 Bunha
  • Third Place: Buzaya 1-0 Bukoli North

Kigulu Ssaza is the champion of the 2019 Busoga Masaza football championship.

Wilber Bikupe scored the priceless goal as Kigulu overcame Bunha in the closely contested duel played at the Kakindu Stadium in the heart of Eastern Uganda tourist city, Jinja.

Bikupe, who features for Iganga based fourth division side Nakigo Football Club scored the most important goal, two minutes from full time.

The finale was well-attended final from all categories of people across the divide, also graced by the King of Busoga Kingdom, Kyabazinga Owek. Wilberforce Nadiope.

Kigulu players celebrate their lone strike

Kigulu head coach Victor Menya saluted the character of his players.

Our team has been organized and balanced, we had good players who FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM START TO FINISH.

Victor Menya, Kigulu Head Coach
Kyabazinga Nadiope inspects the Kigulu players

Menya who also handles Iganga Young FC in the regional league believes this is a stepping stone to his budding career as a coach.

This is my first time to be in this big tournament.  At my tender age (27) years I have disproved many that I can train soccer.  I hope to do the very best in my coaching career.

Victor Menya, Kigulu Head Coach
A mammoth crowd watched the 2019 Busoga Masaza final between Kigulu and Bunha at Kakindu Stadium

Meanwhile, Buzaya overcame Bukholi North 1-0 in the third place play- off match played earlier on before the final.

Edwin Opaala Mukisa scored the all-important goal in the game that determined the bronze medal winner.

Kigulu’s Juma Gabiri (right) with the ball

Individual Top Performers:

Buzaya’s Opaala was named the most valuable player of the tournament, a feat he achieved in the same year after winning the MVP accolade in the 2019 Copa Coca Cola championship.

Kigulu goalkeeper Abubakar Kasimba, who features at Bugiri based fourth division entity, De School FC was the best goalkeeper.

The winner pocketed Shs 5M as prize money, gold medals and a trophy.

Bunha got Shs 2M as the first runners up and silver medals whilst Buzaya were given Shs 1M and bronze medals.

The three month tournament was sponsored by Mayuge Sugar Industries Limited.

Kigulu Ssaza beat Bunha 1-0 in the final of the 2019 Busoga Masaza Cup

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

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