Ngabi Nsamba players celebrate one of their three goals against Nkima clan


Ngabi Nsamba kick started the quest for the fourth football trophy after earlier triumphs as far back as 1951, 1987 and lately 2007.

Bika Bya Baganda Sports Tournament 2023:

  • Football: Ngabi Nsamba 3-1 Nkima
  • Netball: Nkima 43-30 Ngabi Nsamba

Ngabi Nsamba kicked off the 2023 Airtel sponsored Bika Bya Baganda sports tournament (football) with a 3-1 victory over a 10-man Nkima side at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku stadium in Kabowa on Saturday, May 13.

A well taken brace from Viane Ssekajugo and another goal from Ivan Kamoga lifted Ngabi Nsamba to the desired result in a match also watched by the King of Buganda His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

Kabaka greets Nkima players before the game | Credit: Buganda Kingdom
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda II (third from left) with other officials
Ngabi Nsamba and Nkima action at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium | Credit: Bika Media

Ssekajugo scored in the 20th and 36th minutes for a 2-0 lead by the mandatory half time recess.

Nkima’s consolation arrived late in the game through Moses Kiggundu with four minutes to full time.

In the 73rd minute, Nkima midfielder Yasser Mugerwa was sent off for an early shower after being given a straight red card for an elbow foul on Paulista Muwonge.

Ngabi Nsamba kick started the quest for the fourth football trophy after earlier triumphs as far back as 1951, 1987 and lately 2007.

Ngabi Nsamba players celebrate a goal at Mutesa II Wankulukuku stadium
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II (5th from left) | Credit: Buganda Kingdom

The victory registered will motivate us as we seek to take the shield of this year. The defence and midfield need to be put right ahead of the next rounds

David Yiga, head coach Ngabi Nsamba

We did not do well in the game but we shall bounce back in the next stage of qualification.

Vincent Kafeero, Nkima clan head coach

Ali Balunywa, the Sales Director at Airtel Uganda, remarked, “We are pleased to join Buganda Kingdom in the 2023 BIKA Tournament preparations because sports not only provides entertainment for communities, but it is an avenue for the youth in Buganda and across Uganda to showcase their talent to transform their lives through participating in national or regional completion once an opportunity is presented.”

Balunywa added, “Tournaments like Masaza Cup have produced great talent including Farooq Miya from Mawokota who is currently playing for Çaykur Rizespor a Turkish Football Club, Frank Ssebufu from Buddu presently with Uganda Cranes and Wakiso Giants, among other players who are actively participating in professional football in Uganda and beyond and we believe that the BIKA tournament is another platform where young men and women can enhance their talent and professionally earn from it.”

Nkima and Ngabi Nsamba netball action | Credit: Bika Netball

Meanwhile, Nkima won the netball duel with a commanding 43-30 result over Ngabi Nsamba.

The Bika organizing committee will communicate the rest of the upcoming fixtures.

Buganda Kingdom officials await to greet the Kabaka | Credit: Buganda Kingdom
Ngabi Nsamba line up against Nkima | Credit: Bika Media

Team Line ups:

Ngabi Nsamba XI: Hassan Matovu (G.K), Douglas Muganga, Richard Matovu, Faruko Matovu, Ibra Magandazi, Paulista Muwonge, Frank Yiga, Ivan Kamoga, Alex Kitata, Maluda Matovu, Viany Ssekajugo (Captain)

Subs: Julius Ssegujja (G.K), Martin Kikambi, Hamis Muwonge, Bruno Bunyaga, Babra Ssaka, Conorad Ntegeka

Head coach: Ssegujja

Assistant coach: Isma Yiga

Nkima XI: Simone Tamale (G.K), Moses Kiggundu, Robert Kawuki, Savio Kabugo, Paul Musasizi, Najib Ssali, Patrick Ssekitoleko, Amuri Wadimba, Robert Ssentongo Jr, Yasser Mugerwa, Reagan Lukwago

Subs: Hakim Ssekitoleko (G.K), Hakim Mugerwa, Derick Kiggundu, Ashraf Ssewankambo, Vincent Lukwago, Robert Ssentongo Sr, Sulaiman Robert Ssentongo


  • Head coach: Vincent Kafeero
  • Assistant coach: Joshua Tamale
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Denis Ssenyondwa
Team captains Savio Kabugo and Viane Ssekajugo pose with the match officials before kick off | Credit: Bika Media

The Katikkiro, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga revealed the importance of the BIKA tournament revealing that they are at the core of the Kingdom’s activities because they bring communities together as they rally behind their teams and as well keep the cultural heritage. He said, “BIKA Games play a significant role in both personal development and social bonding among the youth in the region and beyond and I strongly believe that it will grow to become an admired tournament in the region.”

“Airtel Uganda has been an instrumental partner in the BIKA Tournament preparations and I appreciate them for their positive contribution towards the Kingdom’s initiatives like BIKA Games, Masaza Cup, Kabaka Birthday Run, among other projects we host jointly.”

“I congratulate all the winners today and I encourage us all to come in large numbers and watch the games for the next 3 months until the finals where the BIKA champions will be crowned,” Owek. Mayiga concluded.

Douglas Muganga of Ngabi Nsamba closes down Amuli Mukasa

BIKA All Winners since inception:

  • 1950:Mbogo
  • 1951:Ngabi Nsamba
  • 1952:Mmamba Gabunga
  • 1953: Not Held
  • 1954:Not Held
  • 1955:Kkobe
  • 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
  • 2004:Lugave
  • 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
The fans drumming at the 2023 Bika opening ceremony
Ngabi Nsamba and Nkima clans players as well as the match officials prior to kick off | Credit:Buganda Kingdom

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

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