By: Senoga Sinan Rajub
•Buddu 1-1 Mawokota
•Bugerere 1-0 Ssingo (1-4 on penalties)
•Busiro 2-0 Kkooki
•Gomba 2-1 Bulemeezi
The Quarter finals of the Airtel Masaza cup 2017 were a mixed grill of triumph, tension, tragedy and disappointments as Buddu, Busiro, Ssingo and Bulemeezi cruised to the semi finals. The four progressed at the expense of Mawokota, Gomba, Kkooki and Bugerere.
Defending champions Buddu had to score a leveller in the last 15 minutes to knock out 3 time champions Mawokota. Mawokota had taken the lead in the first stanza of the game through an own goal from Muwawu Steven tie up the game on a 1-1 aggregate score.
Kuteesa Malida was Buddu’s hero when he levelled matters in the 78th minute as he finished off a Serubiri Ivan free kick sending the Masaka recreation ground wild.
Ssingo edged Bugerere 4-1 on penalties following a 1-0 defeat in the 90 minutes. Bugerere’s Kaye Brian had scored a late goal in the 90th minute to match the tie with a 1-1 score on aggregate following Ssingo’s 1-0 win a week earlier.
Goalkeeper Were Derrick saved 3 penalties to hand Ssingo a slot in the semi finals. Were was also among the 4 penalty scorers for Ssingo. Obbo Vitas, Otto Isaac and left back were others.
At Sentema, hosts Busiro overturned a one goal deficit to knock out 2006 champions Kkooki in a much contested encounter. Kkooki had held on onto a goalless first half but conceded two quick goals before the 60th minute mark.
Mayido Gerald was on target once again for Busiro as he broke the deadlock soon after the second half had kicked off. Kasule Brian doubled the lead 14 minutes later with a well taken free kick. Its the two goal difference that put to an end of Kkooki’s campaign.
In the 4th game of the round, tragedy was precedent as Gomba hosted Bulemeezi at Kabulasoke PTC. Bulemeezi fans on the way to Gomba involved in a terrible accident and 5 perished instantly while others were rushed to Gombe Hospital.
Action on the pitch started late and on a low note but The Gomba Lions earned a hard fought 2-1 victory. Livewire Janjali Joseph was on the mark twice for Gomba putting him level with Ssingo’s Steven on the topscorers chart while Lubowa Denis found one for Bulemeezi in the 38th minute.
The semi finals will see a repeat of last year’s final as holders Buddu take on Gomba next weekend. Busiro will also face Ssingo in hunt for their first ever title.
Semi finals 6th, 08, 2017
Busiro vs Ssingo
Buddu vs Gomba