Gomba players celebrate their semi-final victory over Busiro to qualify for the 9th final in the Masaza Cup tournament history

Masaza Cup 2020 (Climax): Saturday, 06 March 2021:

  • Final: Gomba Vs Buddu (3 PM)
  • Third place play off: Busiro Vs Bulemeezi (12 PM)

*At St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (Wakiso Distict)

His Majesty the King of Buganda, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will officiate at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Masaza Cup tournament on Saturday, 06 March 2021 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

The final had been originally set for 21st January 2021 at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru before it was pushed ahead to allow better preparations for the teams and organizing committee.

The final contest between Gomba and Buddu will be played at Kitende for the first time ever before largely an empty stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Buddu XI that beat Ssese 3-0 in the group stages

Before the final, there will be a third place play off match between Busiro and Bulemeezi at mid-day.

The final will be played behind closed doors with only a restricted number of people (200) allowed because of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

Gomba seeks for an unprecedented fifth title in as many years. The Kitunzi’s boys won in 2004, 2009, 2014 and lately 2017.

Buddu is looking forward their second title since triumphing in 2016.

Ironically, in 2016, Buddu beat Gomba 5-6 in post-match penalties after normal time had ended goal-less.

Buddu players celebrate a goal at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru

Road to final:

Both finalists advanced from the Muganzirwazza group and when they faced off, the game ended 1 all.

Gomba had initially overcome Kabula 4-0 with goals from Charles Bbaale (2), Junior Juma Lutankome and captain Abdallah Ssentongo.

Gomba won a 7 goal’s thriller over Ssese 4-3 during the second group stage match. Again, Bbaale scored twice with Lutankome and George Kaddu adding the other strikes.

Moses Okwera, Mubarak Masereka and second half substitute Lawrence Kambugu replied for Ssese to grant the match a tense finish.

On the other hand, Buddu beat a 10 man Kabula 2-0 with Fahad Nsamba and Misi Ssemugera on target.

The Masaka based county had also overcame Ssese 3-0 in the opener with Frank Ssebuffu netting a brace and Emmanuel Mwesigwa scoring the other.

In the quarter finals, Gomba rallied from a goal down to out-muscle Bugerere 2-1 with the top scorer Charles Bbaale on target twice, straight from the corner kick.

Buddu smiled 2-0 over Mawokota with Farouk Sekayi and Marvin Kavuma scoring the late goals.

At the semi-final level, Gomba required a post-match penalty shoot out to knock out Busiro 5-4 after normal time had ended goal-less.

Buddu overcame 2019 champions Bulemeezi 1-0 with Titus Ssematimba on target.

Charles Bbaale is current top scorer with 7 goals to his name

Key Players:

Both sides will depend on their key players for the much needed inspiration.

Current tournament top scorer Charles Bbaale (7 goals), left back George Kaddu, Hamis Kafeero Dagada, Abdallah Ssentongo, Fred Atuhwera, Isaac Musiima, Ali Bayo Arshavin, Derrick Mbowa, George Kiryowa, Junior Juma Lutankome, Collins Sseruwu, Jackson Ssemugabi, Ashraf Zizinga as well as the goalkeeping duo of Peter “Dhaira” Katongole and Francis Anguzu are all roaring to go for the four time Masaza Cup winners.

Buddu team captain and first choice goalkeeper Farouk Yawe Ssebanja

Team Buddu has the goalkeeper and captain Farouk Yawe Ssebanja, Edward Namasa, Angello Kizza, Sharif Ssengendo, Marvin Kavuma, Fahad Nsamba, Miisi Diego Semugera, Titus Ssematimba, Emmanuel Mwesigwa, Frank Sebuufu, goalkeeper Obbo Kibuule, Farouk Ssekayi and Joseph Kayondo among others.

Buddu’s Stephen Muwawu will miss the final because of accumulated cautions.

Gomba Technical Team

Technical Benches:

Gomba’s technical bench has a couple of tried and tested faces with Felix Kawooya Ssekabuuza as the head of technical.

Ibrahim Kirya is head coach, Davis Nnono Ssozi (assistant), Leo Ssekamatte (technical committee member) and the vastly experienced Mansoor Kabugo chairperson, organizing committee.

Michael Skills Lukyamuzi, Buddu Head Coach

Joseph Lutaaya is the Buddu team manager, Germany trained Micheal Skills Lukyamuzi as head coach, Twaha Miiro (assistant coach) and Rose Muwonge is team doctor.

What they say:

We have had several build up matches after the final was pushed forward. The players are mentally and physically fit for the game at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende. We expect a good final.

Ibrahim Kirya, Gomba head coach

Buddu is focused to face Gomba. We thank the management team and fans who have contributed to the team’s cause.

Joseph Lutaaya, Buddu team manager

It is unfortunate that we do not have fans to grace the final. It is a painful decision but we have to respect the health precautions. We urge the subjects of the Kabaka and all the ardent football fans to remain home and follow the final on television.

Owek. Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu, Minister of Sports, Leisure and Recreation in Buganda Kingdom
Buganda Kingdom, FUFA representatives, local organizing committee, security and St Mary’s Stadium Kitende officials during the final checks and balances on Friday, 5th March 2021

Previous Masaza Cup winners:

  • 2019: Bulemeezi
  • 2018: Ssingo
  • 2017: Gomba
  • 2016: Buddu
  • 2015: Ssingo
  • 2014: Gomba
  • 2013: Mawokota
  • 2012: Bulemeezi
  • 2011: Buluri
  • 2010: Not Held
  • 2009: Gomba
  • 2008: Kyadondo
  • 2007: Mawokota
  • 2006: Kooki
  • 2005: Mawokota
  • 2004: Gomba
L-R: Sulaiman Ssejjengo (Chairman, Masaza Cup organizing committee), Minister Ssekabembe and Vipers CEO Simon Peter Njuba inspecting the St Mary’s Stadium facility

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

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