2019 champions Bulemeezi kicked off their tittle defense with a 1-all draw against Butambala in the Masaza cup opener at the FUFA technical center Njeru, a game graced by the presence of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.
Bulemeezi came from a goal down to secure a point after conceding in the first half Courtesy of a Nsereko Sharif strike in the 23rd minute of the game.
Butambala were the better organized side and dominated while defending as a team in the first half and managing to limit Bulemeezi to just a handful of chances on goal. Bulemeezi’s biggest chance for an equalizer was in the 32nd minute of the game when Akram Muzanyi’s effort hit the wood work.
Butambala held on to their early goal to retire the first stanza with a 1-0 lead. Coach Simon Peter Mugerwa introduced fresh legs in the second stanza in hunt for an equalizer and indeed his army of Thomas Kakaire and Bernardo Kateregga was on duty as they combined to deliver a goal in the 75th minute to salvage a draw for the defending champions.
The Buttikiro group will see action resume tomorrow as Ssingo takes on Buruuli.
Bulemeezi 1-1 Butambala
How the teams lined up
Ibra Banalya, Rogers Ssebyondya, Douglas Kizza, Sulaiman Ssesazi, Rashid Ssemwogerere, Dirisa Masembe, Ronald Kakooza, Gabriel Eragu, Simon Katumba, Akram Muzanyi, Masuudi Kafuumbe
Francis Kasumba, Tomas Kakaire, Benardo Kateregga
Fahad Emuran, Athanas Mutaawe, Julius Bukenya, Brian Mayo, Abdul Kalanzi, Musa Jagwe, Moses Mutebi, Lwandasa Sabule, Patrick Nsamba, Sharif Nsereko, Livingstone Mbigo
Maurice Muwonge, Faluk Ssemukuutu, Farouk Luwagga, Ismail Maganda