Airtel Masaza Cup Finals 2020: Record champions Gomba tussle out with Buddu at Kitende

Airtel Masaza Cup Finals 2020:

Gomba Vs Buddu – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (3 PM)

Third Place: Busiro Vs Bulemeezi (12 PM)

The final for the Airtel Masaza Cup 2020 edition between the record champions Gomba and Buddu was delayed to give the event a befitting climax.

The organziers confirmed  that the finals will be held on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende as pleased and blessed by His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

It will be an epic finale and anticipated to be a hotly contested battle as the tournament record holders Gomba take on nemesis entity Buddu in a repeat of the 2016 final.

Gomba Team

The 2020 tournament was severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, like most sports and other social events.

It had been originally scheduled to kick off in June 2020 but was not held until 12th December 2020 when the official opening match between defending champions Bulemeezi and Butambala was played at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

All the group stage, quarter-finals and semi-final matches were played in a camp environment at Njeru amid tight Covid-19 restrictions as per the Standard Operating Procedures put in place by the government.

There has been a lot of ups and downs as teams played for a chance to make it to the finals.

To advance to the finals, Gomba edged out Busiro in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 stalemate in the semifinals. The shootouts ended with Busiro (4) – (5) Gomba.

In the second semifinals game, Buddu managed a 1-0 win over Bulemeezi following a Titus Ssematimba 6th minute strike.

Titus Ssematimba (right) celebrates

Gomba will be playing in its 9th Masaza Cup finals having previously won 4 of them and are the most successful team of the tournament with their last win coming in 2017.

Buddu however, has managed to win only one cup final back in 2016.

Gomba head coach Ibrahim Kirya expects an open and competitive final since the two teams have already faced off in the same group (Muganzirwazza).

“I expect a competitive and open final when Gomba plays Buddu. The two teams played each other in the group stages. As Gomba, we are set for the best match ahead and have prepared well with a number of build-up matches” Kirya disclosed.

His counterpart Michael “Skills” Lukyamuzi believes they have all it takes to win the final.

“We have set up the players well. Mentally and physically, Buddu is ready. We shall give all it takes to win the game” Lukyamuzi, a Germany trained coach states.

Buddu players celebrate their semi-final win over Bulemeezi

Gomba will look to their inspirational captain Abdallah Ssentongo, goalkeeper Francis Anguzu, George Kiryowa, George Kaddu, Isaac Musiima, Fred Atuhwera, Junior Juma Lutankome, Ashraf Zzizinga, Jackson Ssemugabi and top scorer Charles Bbaale (7 goals) for the much needed inspiration.

On the other hand, Buddu has their first choice goalkeeper and captain Farouk Yawe Ssebanja, Titus Ssematimba, Misi Ssemugera and others to spur the Masaka based team.

The Airtel Masaza Cup Final will be graced by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, accompanied by Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Buganda Sports Minister Owek. Henry Sekabembe and Airtel Uganda’s Head of Brand and Communication, Remmy Kisakye among other guests.

Gomba team captain Abdallah Ssentongo

“We have so far had a successful tournament and we are grateful to all the players, team managers, match officials, and tournament organizers for having ensured a successful tournament up to this point. As we go into the finals, we want to wish the teams and the fans good luck and that may the best team win. We hope that the finals go on smoothly and we thank the Buganda Kingdom for a continued fruitful partnership.” Kisakye says.

Both teams have been engaged in different build ups with the latest being the 6-0 win for Buddu over Lukaya and Gomba’s 4-2 triumph against Entebbe Select at Kabulasoke PTC Play ground.

The Airtel Masaza Cup is an annual Buganda Kingdom tournament that has been played since 2004 and usually features 19 teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Airtel Uganda is sponsoring the tournament as the title sponsor since an agreement was signed between the telecommunications company and the Buganda Kingdom to boost talent among the youth and mobilize people to participate in kingdom development programs using football.

Gomba players celebrate

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