By: David Gombe
The road to Namboole returns on Sunday, 6th, August, 2017 in the Masaza cup first leg semifinal encounters, with Gomba hosting Buddu a repeat of last year’s final. Busiro will also be hosting 2015 champions Ssingo in the other semi final.
Gomba against Buddu at Kabulasoke PTC grounds looks to be a final before the final due to the animosity between last year’s finalists.
Buddu edged joint record champions Mawokota in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 aggregate win while Gomba eliminated 2012 champions Bulemeezi 2-1 on aggregate to set up a semi final tie with last year’s champions.
Buddu tactian Steven Bogere is confident of capabilities of reaching a 3rd consecutive final. He asserts,
“We have prepared well for this tie, Gomba is a good team that we respect but that doesn’t mean we fear them. My players are in good shape but we shall miss Nsimbe Gibril who is out with a leg fracture sustained during the group phase match against Kabula at Masaka Recreation grounds.”
“We reached last year’s finals with Gomba so we know their potential, they took some of our players who were part of the winning team most notably Joseph Janjali whom we well know of his capabilities.
“We also signed some of their players that were involved in the last meeting we had like Sserubiri Ivan and Mikidad Ssenyonga, this makes the game interesting and the best prepared team will advance to the finals,” concluded Bogere.
Buddu will be looking to reach the finals for a third consecutive year while Gomba is seeking to make it to the finals to win their fourth triumph in the tournament and they will look to talisman Joseph Janjali who is joint top scorer with Ssingo ‘s Steven Mukwala at 8 goals.
Steven Bogere’s side have their away record to worry about as they have not won any games on the road.
In the other semi final Busiro takes on Ssingo at Ssentema looking to reach the finals for the first time in history and this is the second time on this stage in three years while Ssingo is looking to reach their fourth final in five years.
Kiwanuka Paul the Busiro coach counts on their impressive home record as a stepping stone to oust Ssingo. He says
“I have prepared my lads well as it has always been in the previous games though this is a semi final tie, no injury concerns in my team. We are playing at home and since my arrival no one has defeated us and not yet conceded a goal at home so this record will help us against Ssingo.”
Ssingo however has no injury concerns ahead of their visit to Ssentema with talisman Mukwala Steven and top scorer on 8 goals in this Masaza cup edition also fit for the Busiro tie.
This is Shafiq Bisaso’s fourth consecutive year on this stage in his Masaza coaching career, with the previous three coming in 2014 with Gomba,2015 Singo and 2016 with Busujju.
The Ssingo tactian has however failed to make the final stage only on one occasion and that was last year with Busujju.
Busiro made it to this stage with a 2-1 aggregate win over Kkooki while Ssingo edged out Bugerere 4-1 on penalties in the quarterfinals.
The aggregate winner in both semifinals will advance to the finals slated for 26th of this month at Namboole while the losing semi finalists will face off in the third place place off on same date at the same venue.
Both matches will observe a one minute silence in the honour of the Bulemeezi fans who died from an accident last week.