Gomba Lions captain and ssaza chief Kitunzi Celestino Jackson Musisi hoist the Masaza Cup trophy

Freshly crowned Masaza Cup champions Gomba county football team has embarked on a trophy parade around the different parts of the district.

The development comes just days after winning the 2020 Masaza Cup trophy when Gomba Lions overcame Buddu 3-1 in a completely one-sided final at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday, 6th March 2021.

The trophy parade is meant to take the coveted Masaza cup award to the Gomba populous in their respective localities.

This will see the players and officials move with the trophy around the different areas of the county as Gomba East in Kilili, Mpenja, Ngomanene, Nsambwe and Kanoni areas.

In Gomba West, the contingent will traverse the areas of Kifampa, Maddu, Kigezi, Kyayi and Kisozi, the area where President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has his extensive agricultural farm.

Gomba Lions organizing committee chairman Mansur Kabugo emphasizes the essence of this historic trophy parade.

The people of Gomba are very excited upon having won the 2020 Masaza Cup trophy amidst the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. It is also a great opportunity for the fans to see the trophy and take selfies with it was well. This season, the team has moved to the various people within and therefore, it is pay back to the fans as they also associate directly with their stars.

Mansur Kabugo, Gomba Ssaza organizing committee chairman
Abdallah Ssentongo vies for ball possession against Jibril Nsimbe

Gomba Lions won their fifth Masaza Cup trophy after a great display, winning 3-1 against Buddu with the goals coming from Charles Bbaale, George Kaddu and defender Fred Gift.

Buddu’s consolation was a well brushed header from Titus Ssematimba.

Gomba has now won 5 titles in 9 finals. The successful titles have come in 2004, 2009, 2014, 2017 and the lately achievement in 2020.

Gomba Ssaza is among the 18 counties in Buganda Kingdom. It has 4 sub-counties (Kabulasoke, Kyegonza, Maddu and Mpenja), 38 parishes and 325 villages.

The main stream district is bordered by Mubende District to the west and north, Mityana District to the northeast and Butambala District to the east.

Kalungu Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts lie to the south of Gomba District.

Kanoni, where the district headquarters are located, lies approximately 97 kilometres (60 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.

 This location is approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles), by road, west of Mpigi, the nearest large metropolitan area.

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

  • Final: Gomba 3-1 Buddu
  • Third place play off: Busiro 0 (5) – 0 (3) Bulemeezi

Individual Accolades:

  • Most Valuable Player (MVP): Arafat Usama (Busiro)
  • Top Scorer: Charles Bbaale (Gomba) – 8 Goals
Gomba XI Vs Buddu

Gomba Winning Team:

Francis Anguzu (G.K -18), Hamis Kefero Dagada (2), George Kaddu (16), Abdallah Ssentongo (26 – Captain), Fred Gift (17), Fred Atuhwera (13), Ali Bayo Arshavin (6), George Kiryowa (15), Jackson Ssemugabi (11), Junior Juma Lutakome (9), Charles Bbaale (14), Peter Katongole (G.K – 1), Derrick Mbowa (21), Ashraf Zizinga (10), Isaac Musiima (20), Colline Seruwu (7)

*Shirt numbers in brackets

L-R: Ibrahim Kirya, Felix Kawooya Ssekabuuza, Davis Nnono Ssozi, Leo Ssekamatte and Vincent Kalungi in the dug-out for Gomba at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

Team officials:

  • Head coach: Ibrahim Kirya
  • Assistant coach: Davis Nnono Ssozi
  • Technical Director: Felix Kawooya Ssekabuuza
  • Team doctor: Vincent Kalungi
  • Technical committee member: Leo Ssekamatte
  • Chairman: Mansor Kabugo

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

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