The Bika football championship started way back in 1950 with Mbogo clan (Buffalo) as the first champions. Ngabi Nsamba won the football tournament in 1951 and has since won two other trophies in 1987 and in 2007. Nkima’s first title came in 1962 and the second, lately in 2018.
2023 Buganda Kingdom Bika Sports Tournament:
Opening Day (Saturday, May 13):
- Netball: Nkima Vs Ngabi Nsamba (2 PM)
- Football: Nkima Vs Ngabi Nsamba (3 PM)
- Fees: 5000/= (Kids), 10,000/= (Ordinary) & 20,000/= (VIP)
- Venue: Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, Kabowa
The Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will grace the official opening ceremony for the 2023 Bika sports tournaments (football and netball) on Saturday, 13th May.
This follows an earlier communication from the kingdom prime minister Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga as he unveiled the partnership from telecommunications giants Airtel Uganda at Bulange Mengo a couple of days ago.
On the same day, the Katikiro also officially launched the 49th edition of this championship, rallying upon the Kingdom subjects to come in large numbers for the bika opener.
I appreciate our partners Airtel and Uganda Aids Commission for always coming to support us they know that the Kabaka is the heart of Buganda. I call upon all of you to come and enjoy the game with our Kabaka as it is the best way of seeing Buganda back on the top so, I officially launch the 49th edition of the Bika Bya Baganda Football and Netball tournaments.Owek .Charles Peter Mayiga, Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom
Hundreds of people are expected to throng the historical Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium in Kabowa as Nkima clan takes on Ngabi Nsamba.
There are 56 clans within Buganda Kingdom, all of whom are expected to appear at the official opening ceremony
The Bika football championship started way back in 1950 with Mbogo clan (Buffalo) as the first champions.
Ngabi Nsamba won the football tournament in 1951 and has since won two other trophies in 1987 and in 2007.
Nkima’s first title came in 1962 and the second, lately in 2018.
The contest in the 2023 opener will therefore be expected to be epic as the two clans officially embark on the plot win yet another silverware.
Nkima is expected to be led by former Orlando Pirates and KCCA midfielder Yasser Mugerwa, on form Maroons goalkeeper Simon Tamale, veteran forward Robert Ssentongo, Savio Kabugo, young blood Robert Sentongo Junior among others.
Nkima will miss the services of defender Abdallah Ssentongo whose Mbale Heroes has a crucial away contest against Admin in the 2022-2023 Eastern regional league at the King George Memorial stadium, Tororo.
Also missing in action for Nkima are two of their most experienced coaches in Simon Peter Mugerwa and Ronald Ssali who are both away in Fort Portal for the 2023 USSSA national football championships.
Ngabi Nsamba has several rookies on the team who will be backed up by a couple of tried and tested players as Deus Bukenya, Titus Lubega, Juma Lubega and company.
The other players for Ngabi Nsamba who could be match winners; are John Viany Bukenya (forward), Lawrence Bukenya (Wakiso Giants).
The tournament was skipped in the years 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged the entire world.
Netball will kick off earlier at 2 PM before the football game will kick off at 3PM.
Entry fees are fixed at 5000 (children), 10,000/= (ordinary) and 20,000/= (VIP).
Gates open by 10 AM.
BIKA All Winners since inception:
- 1951:Ngabi Nsamba
- 1952:Mmamba Gabunga
- 1953: Not Held
- 1954:Not Held
- 1956:Mmamba Gabunga
- 1957: Nyonyi Nyange
- 1958: Ngeye
- 1959: Mmamba Gabunga
- 1960: Ffumbe
- 1961: Bbalangira and Kkobe
- 1962: Nkima
- 1963: Not Held
- 1964: Mmamba Gabunga
- 1965: Mmamba Gabunga
- 1987: Ngabi Nsamba
- 1988: Lugave
- 1989: Mmamba Gabunga
- 1990: Lugave
- 1991: Ngeye
- 1992: Ngeye
- 1993: Nkima
- 1994: Mmamba Gabunga
- 1995: Lugave
- 1996: Mpindi
- 1997: Nnyonyi
- 1998: Lugave
- 1999: Lugave
- 2000: Mpologoma
- 2001: Ngo
- 2002: Mpologoma
- 2003: Mmamba Gabunga
- 2005: Ffumbe
- 2006: Mpindi
- 2007: Ngabi Nsamba
- 2008: Kkobe
- 2009: Ffumbe
- 2010: Nte
- 2011: Mmamba Gabunga
- 2012: Ngeye
- 2013: Ngabi Nsamba
- 2014: Mmamba Gabunga
- 2015: Mbogo
- 2016: Nte
- 2017: Nte
- 2018: Nkima
- 2019: Mbogo
- 2020: Not played (Due to COVID-19 pandemic)
- 2021: Not played (Due to COVID-19 pandemic)
- 2022: Ndiga