Masaza Cup defending champions Bulemeezi have signed pacy winger Ismael Kayondo to join their team in preparation for the 2020 tournament whose kick-off date remains a mystery.
Kayondo was with Kyadondo last season where he won bronze when they defeated Buddu 2-1 in the third place playoff match at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
“It is great to have a player as Ismael Kayondo. He is blessed with pace and he is intelligent. He can play on either flank,” Simon Peter Mugerwa, Bulemeezi’s head coach speaks of the winger.
Mugerwa is deputized by Yusuf Kinene as they have brought in new faces as Thomas Kakaire, Bernard Kateregga, Akram Shafiq Muzanyi and Gabriel Matata among others.
Bulemeezi has already lost last season’s winning captain Ronald Sekiganda to Buddu and Hamuza Mulambuzi to Proline.
The tourney has given a firm platform to expose talents as Joseph Benson Ochaya (Mawokota), Yassar Mugerwa (Gomba), Joseph Owino (Mawogola), Mikidadi Ssenyonga (Busiro and Buddu), Alex Kakuba (Mawogola), Farouk Miya (Mawokota), Joseph Jjanjali (Buddu), Edrisa Lubega (Ssingo) and many other promising players.
Gomba remains the team with most championships – four, won in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2017.
The maintained players:
- Goalkeepers: Amir Nalugoda, Aristoe Mulindwa
- Right backs: Rogers Ssebyondwa, Henry Musisi
- Left backs: Simon Kato Ssemayange, Tonny Kyagaba
- Center backs: Godfrey Arijole, Joseph Marvin Youngman
- Midfielders: Dirisa Masembe, Simon Katumba, Masuudi Kafumbe, John Ben Nakibingi
- Forwards: Ezra Kaye Kizito, Daniel Erimu, Gabriel Elagu
Newcomers: Bernard Kateregga, Akram Shafiq Muzanyi, Thomas Kakaire, Ismael Kayondo, Gabriel Matata
Masaza Cup Past Winners:
- 2019 – Bulemeezi
- 2018 – Singo
- 2017 – Gomba
- 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