The 2016 Buganda Masaza Football tournament final was held at the Mandela National Stadium on Saturday.
Buddu Ssaza overcame Gomba 5-4 on penalties after a one all draw in normal time to win their maiden title since the inception of the tournament in 2005.
Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Eng. Moses Magogo joined the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi Buganda Kingdom Premier Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Kingdom Sports Minister, Owek. Henry Ssekabembe and many other dignitaries among the high profile guest list for the well attended final.
‘It was a great final and both teams had fantastic players. We hope to see the same fans back for the game between Uganda Cranes and Comoros on 4th Sept’ said FUFA President.
‘Ugandan football is incomplete without Buganda Kingdom who produced the first Chairman of FUFA. Sir Daudi Chwa II did a great job in supporting football in Uganda’ added Eng. Magogo.
FUFA supported the tournament right from the initial stages with a donation of 100 balls, provision of qualified referees and advisory services.
Lawrence Ssonko, a former student at Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono headed home Mikidadi Ssenyonga’s curling corner kick in the 20th minute to give Gomba, who has won this event a record three times in the lead.
Blessed Sacrament Kimanya secondary school student, Robert Mukongonttya equalized ten minutes later.
There were no further goals from either sides and the day’s referee, Brian Miiro Nsubuga, a FIFA referee called for penalties straight away to determine the winner.
In the tense but interesting shoot out, Buddu who lost 5-0 to Singo in the 2015 edition, this time round won 5-4 in penalties.
Arnold Sembuya, Geliga Atendele, Captain Shakidu Mbaziira, Steven Muwawo and Robert Mukongottya all scored Buddu.
However, Marida Kuteesa had missed his kick from the penalty spot.
On the other hand, enterprising midfielder Ivan Sserubiri, Nicholas Kabonge, Edward Satro Mayanja, Joshua Kalisa and Ali Hassan Luboyera successfully converted for Gomba.
Unfortunately, Ponsiano Segonja and Mikadadi Ssenyonga watched on in disbelief as they blasted wide their kicks.
“FUFA remains committed to support football from the grassroot level with tournaments such as the Masaza cup in all Kingdoms of the country” Eng. Magogo stated in an earlier interview.
Grassroot tournaments are famous for breeding raw talents that are later assimilated into the normal football system from the 5th division through to the FUFA Big league and the Azam Uganda Premier League and finally to the national teams (Junior teams and the senior national side – Uganda Cranes).
All Buganda Masaza Football Winners:
2004 – Gomba
2005 – Mawokota
2007 – Mawokota
2008 – Kyadondo
2009 – Gomba
2010 – Not Held
2011 – Buluri
2012 – Buleemezi
2013 – Mawokota
2014 – Gomba
2015 – Ssingo
2016 – Buddu