Gomba Lions roar loudest in 2020 Masaza Cup players’ market

The kick off for the 2020 Airtel sponsored Masaza Cup is far from being ascertained because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Perhaps, despite the uncertainty, the record four time champions Gomba Lions have raided the domestic players’ transfer market with all the vigor and aggressiveness.

As of Friday, 12th June 2020, Gomba Lions had acquired 16 players with incredible new signings, retainees and others anticipated to be go from the open trial sessions as well as tours within the parishes that make up Gomba county.

Mansur Kabugo, the Gomba Ssaza organizing committee chairman is optimistic that the preparations will yield to the desired results.

Mansoor Kabugo, Gomba Local Organizing Committee Chairman

“We remain confident that with the rate of the preparations, Gomba will win their fifth championship in the Masaza Cup championship” Kabugo who is also director at KJT discloses.

So far, the goal keeping department has Emmanuel Derrick Were and Nasif Kabuye.

Emmanuel Derrick Were
Nasif Kabuye

Both Were and Kabuye have won the Masaza Cup championship, with Were having won the trophy three times as Kabuye has won it once with Gomba in 2017.

Henry Bishop Orom and Nasser Lukwago are the two right backs with the opposite left back department having Ponsiano Ssegonjja as well as IUIU’s Ben Nambokoho.

Henry Bishop Orom, right back

The central defenders are Abdallah Ssentongo, Joseph Bright Vuni.

Ponsiano Ssegonja, one of the left backs

Amuli Mukasa, Hussein Grace Senoga are both holding midfielders.

Hussein Grace Ssenoga

Ibrahim “Seven” Kasinde, Bashir Lubinga, Sharif “De Maria” Nsereko are some of the attacking midfielders on the team.

Ibrahim “Seven” Kasinde
Bashir Lubinga is a medical doctor who plays in creative midfield

The forwards so far are; Richard Basangwa, Isaac “Falcao” Ogwang and Raymond Walugembe.

Left footed forward Richard Basangwa

Felix Kawooya Ssekabuuza is the team technical director who has won the championship twice.

He has the hope that Gomba will win their 5th title since the 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2017 victories.

“We have identified the potential players whom we have a lot of faith. We shall conduct tours in the Gomba parishes and open trials to get many more players” Ssekabuuza says.

Ssekabuuza will work with a committed technical team that has Ibrahim Kirya as head coach, Denis “Denol De-man” Kizito as assistant coach, Mubarak Kiberu (goalkeeping coach).

Gomba seeks for the fifth title since the Masaza Cup tournament was restored in 2004.

Other teams as defending champions Bulemeezi, Buddu, Mawogola, Kooki, Kabula, Kyaggwe, Buvuma, Ssese and others are all planning behind the scenes in preparation for this annual championship.

Telecommunications giants Airtel Uganda are the main sponsors.

Other partners include CBS Radio, BBS Telefaina, Total Uganda, Engule Beer, Centenary Bank, Majestic Brand and many others.

A section of fans who watched the 2019 Masaza Cup finals at Namboole Stadium

It was first played in the 1950’s before taking a long break, only to return in 2004 upon restoration.

This championship has a magnetic appeal and has won over admirers for the ability to attract as many crowds as possible.

Masaza Cup Past Winners

  • 2019: Bulemezi
  • 2018: Ssingo
  • 2017: Gomba
  • 2016: Buddu
  • 2015: Ssingo
  • 2014: Gomba
  • 2013: Mawokota
  • 2012: Bulemezi
  • 2011: Buluri
  • 2010: Not played
  • 2009: Gomba
  • 2008: Kyadondo
  • 2007: Mawokota
  • 2006: Kooki
  • 2005: Mawokota
  • 2004: Gomba
The Masaza Cup is associated with large crowds of people

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