Airtel Masaza Cup 2017: Clash of egos as Ssingo, Gomba square off


2017 Airtel Masaza Cup Final

Saturday, 26th August | Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

  • Gomba Vs Singo – 3:30 p.m

3rd Place play-off

  • Buddu Vs Busiro – 12:00 p.m

Ssingo XI that faced Busiro at Ssentema play ground

Crowd pullers Ssingo and Gomba face off in the 2017 Airtel Masaza cup final this Saturday 26th August at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

For starters, Gomba qualified for the final after defeating the defending champions Buddu in a thrilling and dramatic semi-final game that ended in penalty shootouts at a fully packed Masaka Recreational Grounds.

Three time winners Gomba (champions in 2004, 2009 and 2014) won 1-0 on the day taking the aggregate scoreline to 1 all. In the tense shoot out, Gomba triumphed 4-3.

Singo who have won the exciting tourney once in 2015 defeated opponents Busiro 1-0 in the first leg and registered a 1 – 1 tie in the second leg, automatically pushing them into the finals following a 2-1 aggregate score.

Battle for top scorers’ boot:

Two joint tournament top scorers Joseph Jjanjali of Gomba and Steven Mukwala from Singo both have scored 8 goals apiece.

It will be a great battle to witness the two players fight for the top scorers’ gong.

Other key players:

Ssingo under Shafik Bisaso and Felix Ssekabuuza as coaches will once again dwell upon captain Dube Ssebuwufu, Jude Ssemugabi, Yusuf Saaka, Brian ‘Benteke’ Lubega and the fast paced Steven Mukwala.

On the other hand, Simon ‘Ddunga’ Ddungu, at the helm of Gomba

Airtel Uganda Head of Brand and Communication, Ms. Remmie Kisakye maintains the telecommunications giants will  continue to fuel such a tournament that brings together masses;

Hundreds of people have been turning up to support their teams during the games and I encourage them to come out in large numbers and watch these two top teams play.

At Airtel Uganda, we aim to make a positive impact on the lives of Ugandans, not only through our excellent telecommunications services but also by investing in activities that bring people from all different walks of life together.

Football is one example of those activities

Kisakye also appreciates the Buganda Kingdom for the good cooperation and wishes the final teams good luck.

His Majesty the King of Buganda Kingdom, Kabaka Ronald Fredrick Muwenda Mutebi II has already confirmed to grace the closing match.

Masaza products:

Over the years the tournament has given a plat form to many players to get exposed.

Players as Joseph Owino, Meddie Mukiri, Hamis ‘Diego’ Kizza, Alex Kakuba, Alex Ikanga, Ivan Bukenya, Sula ‘Malouda’ Matovu, Yassar Mugerwa, Ivan Anguyo Emma Okwi, Mike Sserumaga, Fred Kyambadde, Lawrence Ssonko, Brian Omony, Baker Lukooya, Yunus Sentamu, Nelson Ssenkatuuka, Andrew Kyekulidde, Ivan Anguyo, Hussein Bukenya, Robert Odongkara, Edisa Lubega, Kenneth Tumusiime, Pius Wanji, Kezironi Kizito and a host of others have all played the Masaza Cup at some stage.

Airtel Masaza Cup  All Winners:

2016 – Buddu

2015 – Singo

2014 – Gomba

2013 – Mawokota

2012– Bulemeezi

2011– Buluri

2010– Not Held

2009– Gomba

2008– Kyadondo

2007– Mawokota

2006– Kooki

2005- Mawokota

2004- Gomba