By: David Gombe
Ssingo 2-1Busiro Agg 3-1
Buddu 0-1 Gomba Agg 1-1(3-4) in penalties
The wait is over, Gomba will tussle it out with Ssingo in this year’s Airtel Masaza Cup edition, both sides edged out Buddu and Busiro in the semifinal encounters respectively.
The 2015 champions started the game on a slow pace up to the 24th minute when captain Ssebuufu Steven ‘Dube’ put them ahead heading in from Magoya Henry’s throw in to make it 1-0 for Ssingo and the only goal of the first half in a full to capacity stadium.
In the second period of the game Ssingo tactian made the first substitute bringing in Vipers SC’s new signing Mukwala Steven for Kasozi Juma.
In the 54th minute of the game , Kisitu Nvule Jamil should have given Ssingo a second only for his shot to
hit the cross bar.
Ssemugabi Jude doubled the lead in the 70th minute all Ssingo goals came from the left wing where experienced defender Mugoya Henry and Ssaaka Yusuf made rentless runs.
With 1minute to time kalibwami Hamza scored a consolation for the visitors Busiro though it was not enough to see them advance, the game ended 2-1 and on aggregate 3-1.
This means Ssingo will play their fourth Masaza cup final in five years the others being 2013,2014,2015 and now 2017 though they have only won once in the last three finals.
At Masaka recreation grounds Buddu hosted Gomba, with the hosts needing a draw to make progression.
Gomba however needed to win to have any chance of making it to the finals.
Buddu held on until the 54th when minute into the second half Allan Sserunga scored for Gomba equaling the tie on aggregate 1-1, the record champions held on thus winning the match 1-0 and 1-1 on aggregate,
After the full time of the game ,the tie was now to be decided on spot kicks with Gomba winning 4-3 on penalties ,controversy resulted on Joseph Janjali’s spot kick when he tried to use tricks while taking his penalty with center referee Rajab Bakasambe denying him a second opportunity to take the spot kick.
However, according to former referee Ali Tomusange, “The referee made a right decision on Janjali’s spot kick since according to the new rules you are not allowed to use tricks while taking a penalty. This is because you are trying to look for what you have not worked for and you are not given a second chance to take a penalty, referee Rajab was spot on,” he concluded.
Those who missed their penalties, Oyuka Brian and Joseph Janjaali missed for Gomba side while Atendere Jerigah, Muwawu Steven and Mutumba Adadi all failed to score on Buddu side. This means that Gomba will play their 3rd final in five years and Buddu will only have to settle for third place playoff with Busiro.
The finals will take place at Mandela national stadium on 26th of this month between Ssingo and Gomba a repeat of 2014 finals and last year’s champions Buddu will play Busiro in the losers match.