Kyadondo players and officials celebrate their 2-0 victory over Gomba in the Masaza Cup 2021 opening match (Credit: David Isabirye)

Masaza Cup 2021 (Masengere Group):

  • Gomba 0-2 Kyadondo

Kyadondo kick started the 2021 Masaza Cup tournament in style with a 2-0 win over the record champions and holders Gomba in the official opening match played at the FUFA Technical Center before a handful of fans.

Isaac Ssenyunja notched a brace for the 2008 winners in a game graced by His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

Kabaka Mutebi II autographs on the official ball of the Masaza Cup prior to the start of the 2021 tournament at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru
Isaac Ssenyunja celebrates with Yudah Ddumba

Ssenyunja struck after 50 seconds from kick off with a left footed shot-cum-cross past Gomba goalkeeper Peter Katongole.

Two minutes later, Ssenyunja made it two with a glancing header off Yudah Ddumba’s delivery from the corner kick as Kyadondo established a two goal lead under three minutes.

Kyadondo would have made it three but forward Kenneth Kimera’s left footed shot on the hour mark hit the lower bottom post.

Eddy Kasilye and Brian Aniku
Gomba Goalkeeper Peter Katongole in between the goal posts

Gomba technical bench led by Ibrahim Kirya was forced into an early double change with Yakeen Muwonge and left footer Abasi Kyeyune introduced as the first half came to a climax.

Gomba huffed and puffed with Kyeyune creating the bulk of opportunities for the record champions.

Meanwhile, Kimera remained a thorn in the flesh of the Gomba defence.

Julius Omizu passes the ball as Yudah Tadeo closes by

Gomba’s best chance on the sunny evening was a header from Hamis Dagada Kafeero that bounced off the cross bar.

Kyadondo held on to record maximum points and ascend the leadership of Masengere group.

Buganda Kingdom ministers and officials, FUFA leadership led by the FA President Eng. Moses Magogo, CEO Edgar Watson, Deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza Hantali and others attended the opener.

Masengere group action continued on Sunday afternoon as Buluuli beat Kabula 5-2.

Airtel Uganda is the main sponsor with Shs 650,000,000 and Centenary Bank paid Shs 150,000,000.

FUFA president Moses Magogo (left) talks with Amin Bbosa
FUFA CEO Edgar Watson (Middle)
Gomba XI Vs Kyadondo

Team Line Ups (Shirt Numbers in Brackets):

Gomba XI: Peter Katongole (22, G.K), Hamis Dagada Kafeero (20), Sadat Mukembo (7), Yusuf Makutum (30), Musa Ssegujja (23), Frank Katongole (13), Nicholas Tumwesigye (6), Brian Aniku (17), George Masembe (5), Jumah Junior Lutankome (9), Julius Omizu (14)

Subs: Eric Kaweesi (19), Sharif Muwaya (21), Abasi Kyeyune (10), Lamech Mwebaze (18), Yakeen Muwonge (11)

Officials:

  • Head coach: Ibrahim Kirya
  • Assistant coach: Leo Ssekamatte
  • Goalkeeping coach: Joseph Mubiru
  • Team Doctor: Sadik Akii Muhammad
  • Team manager: Mansoor Kabugo
Kyadondo XI Vs Gomba

Kyadondo XI: Enock Kibuuka (1, GK), Yuda Ddumba (2), Christopher Tebandeke (3) (19), Patrick Oyeiti (14), Fred Ntambi (5), Peter Kiggundu (8), Henry Kiggundu (8), Henry Wamala (7), Eddy Kasilye (13), Kenneth Kimera (9), George Kizza (10), Isaac Ssenyunja (16)

Subs: Kamada Bbosa (4), Marvin Muyombo (17), Timothy Musingo (6), Aldrine Kambale (19), Sadat Mulindwa (18)

Officials:

  • Head coach: Anthony Ssekitto
  • Assistant coach: Tom Nsereko
  • Team Doctor: Herman Mukalazi
  • Team manager: David Kalibala
Match officials with the Gomba and Kyadondo captains before kick off

Match officials:

  • Center Referee: Henry Musisi
  • Assistant Referee 1: Samuel Mbabali
  • Assistant Referee 2: Brainson Musisi
  • Fourth Official: Charles Komakech
  • Referee Assessor: Mark Ssonko
  • Match Commissioner: Samuel Mpiima
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II (third left)
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II waves to the subjects

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

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