The 2020 Masaza Cup’s fate is yet to be known as the coronavirus crisis continues to rage and leave no sporting activity ‘safe to be practiced’ especially in parts of the world where the governments have instituted lockdown measures.
The Masaza Cup organizing committee continues to prepare for this year’s tournament and continues the process of registering the teams online.
Registration for the management committees of the different teams is ongoing, however, the process of registering the players and their transfers is yet to be approved.
Regardless, most of the Masazas (counties) have signed and are continuing to sign players to boost their squads ahead of the 2020 tournament.
Bulemeezi, are eager to defend the title they won last year. They have already managed to beef up their squad with the signing of young midfielder Thomas Kakaire who has been a vital player in the Jinja SSS team in the recently concluded Copa Coca-Cola championships.
Kakaire has also featured on Uganda’s U17 team in the Cecafa tournament. They have also added Umar Lutalo from Buddo SS, Emma Kizito Kaye, and Kafumbe Masudi.
Ronald Ssekiganda, who was Bulemezi’s captain in the 2019 edition and South Sudanese lanky forward Emmanuel Loki, who scored the winning goal to clinch the title have both left the defending champions for Buddu.
The money bags of Busiro have managed to boost their squad too as the hunt for their first trophy goes on. One notable renewal is Gerald Ogweti who was Busiro’s top scorer with 5 goals in the competition last season.
Busiro has also captured the signature of Ssembatya Lawrence from Kabula, a winger who features for the fourth division side, Ndejje FC.
At Buddu, Head coach Steven Bogere has beefed up his squad with the 2019 winning captain Ronald Ssekiganda from Bulemeezi and Satro Edward who is a 2-time Masaza Cup-winning captain, having captained Gomba lions to the 2017 trophy and Singo in 2018.
Buddu has also captured striker Emmanuel Mwesigwa and midfielder Sharif Sssengendo. The pair featured for Kyadondo last year, scoring 4 goals apiece and helping the team to finish third overall.
Paul Mbazira, who features for Edgars’ Football Club in the Kampala Regional League joins Bugerere Ssaza and is joined by Ronald Senkayi from Black stars FC. Paul Mbazira had found the back of the net on 12 occasions for Edgar’s before the coronavirus pandemic halted the league.
Benson Florence Watmon, a 19-year old goalkeeper who plays for Mvara boys FC in the West Nile Regional League joins Kyaggwe Ssaza team alongside Allan Wanyama who has been featuring for Uganda Christian University in the Pepsi Uganda University league.
Kooki Ssaza has so far confirmed the signing of Ssemango Benjamin who is brother to former Express FC player Sam Galiwango and Elukana Nkugwa.
Mawogola have signed right-back Ahmed Kayongo who has been playing for FUFA juniors league side Tooro United junior team. He is joined by Joel Opio, a forward from Nakawa division league side St. Steven FC in Luzira.
Gomba have successfully renewed the services of their midfield maestro Hussein Ssenoga for one year ahead of the 2020 Masaza cup tournament. They have also managed to capture the services of Bashir Lubinga, Posiano Ssegonya, Hussein Ssenoga, Ibrahim Kasinde, Richard Basangwa and goalkeeper Derrick Emmanuel Were.
Furthermore , Since Masaza cup transfers are yet to be approved officially by the organizing committee, controversies are expected anytime. Tito Ssematimba who signed for Gomba Lions and just hours latter he signed for Buddu will serve as a better example for the counties to be careful in making transfers before approval from the organizers.
Previous Masaza Cup winners:
2010: Not Held