Thursday December 23rd
•Buwekula Vs Mawokota – 12pm
•Buddu Vs Bulemeezi – 3pm
The Semi finals of this year’s Airtel Masaza Cup tournament will get underway with a double header on Thursday at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
The first game of the day will see Buwekula take on Mawokota at noon, before Buddu face off with Bulemeezi later on at 3pm.
Buwekula, who have never won this prestigious tournament, have been impressive so far. They finished second in the Muganzirwaza group with seven points before comfortably picking a 3-0 win over Buluuli to reach the Semis.
Against Mawokota, they will have to beat all odds as they face a side that has won the Masaza Cup trophy on three occassions.
Mawokota on the other hand finished second in the Butikiro group before eliminating Kyaggwe 3-2 on penalties at the Quarter final stage.
Under Richard Malinga, Mawokota will have all eyes on the finals as they target a fourth trophy.
The other highly anticipated game of the day will see Buddu take on Bulemeezi in the evening.
To reach this stage, Bulemeezi eliminated Busiro by 2-1 at the Quarter final stage while Buddu took care of Kyadondo to storm the semis.
Bulemeezi will rely more on exciting Midfielder Oscar Ssesazi, who already has 3 goals and danger man John Ben Nakibinge, who scored late against Busiro to see his side reach this stage.
For Buddu, they will need Bruno Bunyaga and Sharif Ssengendo to be at their best if they are to get the job done on Thursday.
The dates and venue for the finals will be communicated by the Masaza Cup Committee, but most likely slated for early next year.
Important to note is that just like the previous edition, this year’s Masaza Cup tournament is also being played in a tournament format with strict adherence to Covid-19 rules and set Ministry of Health guidelines.
Airtel Applauds Participants:
Title sponsors Airtel Uganda have commended the teams at the ongoing tournament at Njeru.
“Airtel Uganda applauds the teams that have participated and those participating in the 2020 Masaza Cup Tournament,” David Birungi, Public relations Manager at Airtel Uganda.
“The hard work and resilience exhibited throughout the different games is an indicator that all the participating teams are winners as they are striving towards a common goal, which goal is to attain the Masaza Cup Championship title come January 2021.
“This year, Airtel Uganda committed Ushs. 650 million towards the tournament and we pledge our continued support towards such society impacting initiatives like the Masaza Cup. We wish the teams that are set for the quarterfinals all the best as they tussle on the pitch.”
Masaza Cup Past Winners
2004 – Gomba
2005 – Mawokota
2006 – Kooki 2-2 Bugerere [4-2 pen]
2007 – Mawokota bt Gomba
2008 – Kyaddondo 2-0 Gomba
2009 – Gomba 1-1 Mawogola [5-4 pen]
2010 – not held
2011- Buluuli 2-1 Bulemeezi
2012 – Bulemeezi 1-0 Buweekula
2013 – Mawokota 1-0 Ssingo
2014 – Gomba 0-0 Ssingo [[4-3 pen]
2015 – Ssingo 5-0 Buddu
2016 – Buddu 1-1 Gomba [6-5 pen]
2017 – Gomba 1-0 Ssingo
2018 – Ssingo 1-1 Buddu [12-11 pen]
2019 – Busiro 0-1 Bulemeezi
2020 – Gomba 3-1 Buddu