Bulemezi Ssaza took home the 2019 Masaza Cup on Saturday 26th October following a 1-0 victory over Busiro in the games’ extra time at the Mandela National Stadium amid non-stop cheering from the spectators.
Since the inception of the Masaza Cup in 2004, this was Ssaza’s second win since 2012 when they claimed victory. The team had an upper hand throughout the game from attacking, defence, and ball possession. Midfielder Emmanuel Loki’s perfectly timed header in the 100th-minute securing victory over Busiro at their first appearance in the finals.
Crowds started trickling in as early as 10 am for the long-awaited tournament finals donned in bright attires. The endless Vuvuzela sounds could be heard miles away with the excited spectators lining up to secure seats with the best view of the Ssaza games. The downpour of rain couldn’t dampen the mood at Mandela National Stadium. Players were drenched in mud minutes after the game had kicked off but this didn’t slow them one bit.
The Masaza cup is an annual prestigious tournament organized by the Buganda kingdom where 18 counties that make up the kingdom compete for the ultimate trophy. This Cup has fostered partnerships and built relationships among the people of Buganda while promoting a competitive spirit and further promoting the true traditions of the kingdom. Centenary Bank has been a partner of the Masaza Cup and contributed a total of UGX 210 million towards tournament since 2017.
Centenary Bank has been part of the main sponsors of the tournament which is intended to identify and develop young promising footballers in the kingdom. Centenary bank handed Bulemezi, the overall winners of the 2019 Masaza cup a dummy cheque worth 12 Million and 9 Million to Busiro.
The 2019 Masaza Cup Finals were graced by the Kabaka of Buganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebu II, Katikiro of Buganda, Owekitibwa Charles Peter Mayiga, Prince David Kintu Wasajja, Prince Dr. Kasim Nakibinge and ministers from Mengo government among other dignitaries.
The games kicked off with Kyadondo against Buddu in the fight for the third position in the tournament. Busiro put up a fight for the win but were no match for the superior Kyadondo to whom they lost 1: 2 to take the fourth position in the 2019 Masaza Cup.