Busoga Masaza CupFootball

Busiki clinch maiden Busoga Masaza Cup

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Third-place play off
Kigulu 3-1 Bugabula

Final

Butembe 0-1 Busiki

Top scorer

Sharif Samanya Amuke (Bukono) – 4 Goals

Busiki County’s historic triumph marked a milestone as they secured their first-ever Busoga Masaza Cup football title with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Butembe in an exhilarating final.

The momentous contest unfolded at the vibrant Kakindu stadium in Jinja city, graced by the esteemed presence of Kyabazinga Wilberforce Nadiope IV, the King of the Busoga Kingdom.

Situated in the Busoga region, Busiki County lies in the vicinity of Namutumba district, bordering the Busoga and Bugwere regions.

Yesterday’s victory marked their inaugural championship in the Busoga Masaza Cup—a significant achievement for the region.

Conversely, Butembe, covering Jinja district, had previously clinched the championship in the tournament’s second edition back in 2017.

The game featured FUFA national referee Muzamiru Waiswa in the pivotal role of the center referee, supported by a proficient team of officials:

1st Assistant Referee: Kagezi K.
2nd Assistant Referee: Bibian Namugere
Fourth Official: Hassan Samba

The distinct attire of the teams added to the spectacle: Butembe players donned red tops paired with black shorts, while the Busiki players looked sharp in their blue tops accompanied by black shorts.

Ismail Ndifuna emerged as the hero of the match, electrifying the audience with a stunning strike into the top corner, igniting euphoria among the packed stadium and securing the victory for Busiki.

The decisive goal unfolded from a well-crafted play initiated from the center, featuring a series of precise passes culminating in a long-range shot finding the back of the net in the 73rd minute.

Throughout the game, Busiki showcased their dominance, exhibiting exceptional teamwork and creating numerous clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities that, unfortunately, remained unconverted.

From the outset, Busiki demonstrated unwavering determination through their commanding ball possession and seamless passing, asserting their superiority on the field.

Busiki tenaciously held onto their lead until the final whistle, clinching their inaugural title. Their triumphant moment was celebrated with a prestigious trophy, gold medals, and a substantial cash prize of Ugandan Shillings 12,000,000.

Securing the second position, Butembe was awarded silver medals and Ugandan Shillings 8,000,000, while Kigulu, finishing in third place, claimed the bronze medals along with Ugandan Shillings 6,000,000 in prize money.

Sharif Samanya Amuke of Bukono emerged as the season’s top scorer, tallying four goals and rightfully earning a remarkable reward—a brand-new motorbike with the registration plate UGA 287X—as a testament to his exceptional performance throughout the season.

During the awards ceremony, the medals and the coveted motorbike were presented by the esteemed Prime Minister of the Busoga Kingdom, Owekitibwa Professor Doctor Joseph Muvawala, who also serves as the Executive Director of the National Planning Authority. The grand trophy was handed over by the esteemed Kyabazinga of Busoga, adding a touch of honor to the occasion.

His Royal Highness, Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope IV arriving at the venue.

The Busoga Masaza Cup stands as an annual football tournament in Uganda, rejuvenated in 2016 under the initiative of His Royal Highness, Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope IV.

Administered by the Ministry of Sports within the Busoga Kingdom, the Masaza tournament showcases regional football talent and fosters community engagement.

Team Line Ups


Busiki

Andrew Aboket (G.K), John Mugalula, Ivan Bashir Tewa, Tibibita Arrajabu, Paul Pompey Bweni, Owen Gasta Isabirye, Alimansi Bidondole, Michael Kimuli, Silas Kalireku, Ismail Ndifuna, Fahad Mukase

Head coach -Denis Watuke
Assistant coach – Niliko Kasinga

Butembe

Peter Kadama (G.K), Mikel Abasa, Maurice Isabirye, Issa Balaba (Captain), Fahad Ochan, Sowedi Lwenda, Jamada Ikoba, Richard Okello, Tonny Tulituka, Simon Mulindha, Amos Kathaya

Head coach – Afani Ikoba
Assistant coach – Abdhallah Kasada

Past Winners since 2016.

2016-Bukooli Bugiri
2017-Butembe
2018-Kigulu
2019-Kigulu
2022-Bukooli Namayingo

2023- Busiki

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