By: David Gombe
•Buddu vs Mawokota. – Masaka recreation grounds
•Gomba vs Bulemeezi. – Kabulasoke PTC
•Bugerere vs Ssingo. – Kayunga
•Busiro vs Kkooki – Ssentema
After wins for Ssingo, Buddu, Kkooki in the first leg of the quarterfinals, the Airtel Masaza cup 2017 returns this weekend on Saturday 29th July with the second legs to be played on various venues. The Quarter finals were pushed by the organising committee from 6th August to a week earlier.
Bugerere’s encounter against 2015 champions Ssingo has been tipped as the game of the weekend with the former vowing to revenge on last week’s 1-0 defeat in Mityana.
However Ssingo’s head coach Shafiq Bisaso is confident that his team will do the needful to progress to the semi finals.
“My team is in good shape for the game , we have prepared well and got no injury concerns in the team. Even striker Mukwala Steven fit for the encounter. Provided all players are fully fit I don’t see Bugerere stopping us.”
“They were defensive in Mityana making it difficult for us to score but this time round they will have to attack as well as defending and this will work in our favour.”
Bugerere’s tactician Kalungi Bashir counts on home advantage to progress to the semi finals. Kalungi says,
“I believe my team has prepared well and we have a chance of making it to the semifinal since we lost the first leg with a narrow margin. We are playing at home and our supporters will motivate us to have a positive result.”
Ssingo hope to bank on a good record on the road which constitutes of 2 victories and a draw. However Bugerere has also won two of their last encounters at home and have drawn once in this year’s edition.
Else where, defending Champions Buddu play host to Edward Golola’s Mawokota at Masaka Recreation ground. Buddu edged Mawokota 1-0 courtesy of a 60th minute penalty from midfielder Serubiri Ivan. Mawokota is expectant that strikers Kalumba Brian and Kennedy Kasozi will make amends for their 1-0 home defeat while Buddu hope to seal the clash in their own backyard.
At Kabulasoke, Gomba hosts 2012 Champions Bulemeezi in a tense encounter after the first leg ended goalless in Luweero last Saturday. Gomba under coach Simon Ddungu is expected to bank on the services of Janjali Joseph who is currently number 2 in the top scorer’s race with 6 goals.
At Sentema ground, Busiro are assigned with a mission to overturn fortunes against Kkooki who have an upper hand of 1-0 score on aggregate. Busiro who are in hunt for their maiden title, will have to rely on the tactics and experience of head coach Paul Kiwanuka as well as striker and their leading scorer Kalule Richard.
The aggregate winners from the four ties will face off in the semi finals with the first leg slated for 6th August. Who ever advances between Ssingo and Bugerere will face the winner between Kkooki and Busiro while the winner of the Buddu vs Mawokota fixture will tussle it out with either Gomba or Bulemeezi.