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MASAZA CUP FINAL: Buwekula stand in Buddu’s quest for 2nd ever crown

His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will preside over the climax of the 17 edition of the prestigious competition.

David GOMBE

Saturday, 5th March 2022

Third-place: Mawokota Vs Bulemeezi (12 PM)
Final: Buwekula Vs Buddu (3PM)

Masaza Cup Final program

•Gates will be open at 11am
•Katikiro will arrive at 11:30am for the classification match between Mawokota and Bulemeezi
•His Majesty Kabaka arrives at 2:40pm for the Buwekula Vs Buddu that kicks off at 3pm

Buddu and Buwekula will lock horns in the 2021 Masaza Cup Final on Saturday at the St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will preside over the climax of the 17 edition of the prestigious competition.

The two finalists were in Muganzirwaza group this campaign. Buddu finished top of the group with 10 points whereas Buwekula were second on 7 points.

During their meeting at the group stage, the two sides played out to a 2-2 draw with Isaac Musiima netting a brace for Buwekula. Bruno Bunyaga and Edward Namasa scored for Buddu.

Buddu beat Kyadondo 2-1 in the quarterfinals while Buwekula powered past Buluuli 3-0.

Buddu XI against Bulemeezi (Photo by David Isabirye)

In the semifinals, Buddu edged two time champions Bulemeezi 3-1 on penalties after a goalless stalemate.

Buwekula also needed a 5-3 penalty shootout win to eliminate three time champions Mawokota following a 1-1 draw in normal play.

Buddu will be playing their fifth Masaza Cup final and have only managed to win the competition once in 2016. They have lost three finals, twice to Ssingo (2015 and 2018) and were runners up to Gomba during the 2020 edition.

Buwekula on the other hand are contesting in only their second Masaza Cup final, they lost to Bulemeezi 1-0 in 2012.

Buwekula team after eliminating Mawokota

Buddu are under the stewardship of Steven Bogere the man who led them to the 2016 final while Frank Mulindwa is Buwekula head coach.

The final will be fascinating since both coaches are interventionists and details merchants. There will be a game of tactical feint and counter feint.

Meanwhile, Mawokota who lost to Buwekula in the semifinal will face off with Bulemeezi in the third place playoff.

This year, the winners will receive winning prize money of Shs12M, runners up Shs9M, third placed team Shs7M and the team that will finish fourth will bag Shs5M

2021 Buddu Masaza Cup Squad

Michael Lutaaya and Nasifu Kabuye (both goalkeepers), Haruna Lukwago, Gideon Odongo, Jonathan Oluka, Fahad Nsamba, Geofrey Gaganga, Bruno Bunyaga, Marvin Kavuma, Sharifu Ssengendo, Isma Lamitara, Vianny Bukenya, Jaffer Kaziro, Steven Muwawu and Brian Omirambe.

2021 Buwekula Masaza Cup team

Goalkeeper Isaac Kwizera Onyango, captain Shafik Kakande, Emmanuel Yiga, Alex Kizito, Benard Alijuna, Michael Kimera, Raymond Marvin Witakire, Michael Abura, Isaac Musiima, Ivan Ssemujju, Ismail Tamubula, Fahad Jjumbe, Patrick Mubiru (goalkeeper), Stuart Otunnu, Anthony Kizito and Lucky Johnson Kasagga.

Previous winners:

2020: Gomba
2019: Bulemeezi
2018: Singo
2017: Gomba
2016: Buddu
2015: Singo
2014: Gomba
2013: Mawokota
2012: Bulemeezi
2011: Buluri
2010: Not Held
2009: Gomba
2008: Kyadondo
2007: Mawokota
2006: Kooki
2005: Mawokota
2004: Gomba

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