Brian Kayanja is now at Bright Stars
SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Over the years, the Buganda Masaza Cup has been known as a revered hub for young footballing talents, a host of which has later transformed into the players featuring in the local league, the national team as well as on the international level.
Since the tournament’s inception in the early 2000’s, the Masaza Cup has brought to light players like;
Farouk Miya, Joseph Ochaya, Emma Okwi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Edrisa Lubega Torres, Keziron Kizito, Isaac Muleme, Moses Waiswa, Alex Kakuba, Brian Umony, Diego Hamis Kiiza, Patrick Kaddu, Mike Serumaga, Robert Odongkara, Francis Olaki, Yunus Sentamu, Yasser Mugerwa to mention but a few.
As Ssingo clinched the 2018 edition on penalties, there were a number of players who officially moved on to the topflight league of the StarTimes Uganda premier league.
Among these notably would be the top scorer and Ssingo’s hotshot Jude Semugabi who finished the tournament with 8 goals. The youngester who is also a kid brother to coach Allan Kabonge will turn up for Mbarara City after signing a 3 year deal.
Lanky midfielder Joshua Lubwama alias “Letti” already started his stint at Jinja outfit BUL FC after captaining Bulemeezi to the quarter finals.
Youthful striker Brian Kayanja from Busiro has already made impact in the league after netting a late winner as Bright Stars completed a memorable comeback against Nyamityobora at Wankulukuku on match day two.
SC Villa’s exciting diminutive winger Ibrahim Mugulusi has been on the books of Mawokota before they crushed out in the quarter finals. At Villa, Mugulusi is now teammates with midfielder Amir Zaake Kakomo who also played for Gomba in the concluded edition.
Steven Munguchi was another intelligent midfield prospect to watch while playing for Busiro. Currently at Sam Ssimbwa’s rejuvenating URA FC, the youngster is yet to nail down any noteworthy performance especially by the virtue of competitiveness in the club’s offensive midfield.
Mbarara City also got hold of the versitile Umar Mihinzi Mbusa and midfield gem Kabuye Steven who were playing for Buwekula and Bulemeezi respectively.
Their rivals Nyamityobora managed to scoop striker Charles Musiige and roving right back Jakisa Jerry from Busujju and Buwekula respectively. Both players have hit the ground notably Musiige scoring from the bench as Nyamityobora completed a derby comeback against the Ankole Lions.
High rated defender Jamaldin Buchochera will play for BUL FC
BUL FC’s Jamaldin Buchochera, Bright Stars pair of Juma Katende and Derrick Ngoobi, Tooro United’s Joshua Kaliisa, Bobosi Byaruhanga are group of the other talents to have featured in the prestigious tournament this year.
1. Amir Zaake Kakomo (SC Villa – Gomba)
2. Steven Munguchi (URA FC – Busiro)
3. Joshua Lubwama Letti (BUL FC – Bulemeezi)
4. Jamal din Buchochera (BUL FC – Busiro)
5. Ibrahim Mugulusi (SC Villa – Mawokota)
6. Umar Mihinzi Mbusa (Mbarara City – Buwekula)
7. Kabuye Steven (Mbarara City – Bulemeezi)
8. Jakisa Jerry (Nyamityobora – Buwekula)
9. Charles Musiige (Nyamityobora – Busujju)
10. Juma Katende (Bright Stars – Buwekula)
11. Derrick Ngoobi (Bright Stars – Busiro)
12. Brian Kayanja (Bright Stars – Busiro)
13. Jude Semugabi (Mbarara City – Ssingo)
14. Joshua Kaliisa (Tooro United – Gomba).