The masaza cup that was brought to halt for about two years because of the Covid -19 pandemic.
The long awaited 5th edition of the Busoga Masaza Cup kicked off on Saturday 14th May, 2022 at St. Gonzaga Gonza Playground in Kagoma.
Watched by a well mobilized huge crowd,His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV-Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga kicked off the game between Buzaaya County Football and Butembe County Football.
As early as midday, fans hurriedly took up space to watch their favorite players showcase their talent on the pitch.
Prior to kick off, there was a match passed where all the 14 participating teams waved to the monarch before he inspected all the teams.
Both teams exhibited talent and the 1st half ended in a goalless draw but a resurgent Butembe came with full guns blazing in the 2nd half and through Mugomba Kalulu, scored the only goal of the day in the 73rd minute thereby sending their enthusiastic fans into endless jubilations.
Prior to the game, a few and brief speeches were made.
On his part, Kingdom Premier Owek.Dr.Joseph Muvawala asked participating teams to exhibit discipline throughout the tournament with emphasis on promoting unity and togetherness for the good of Busoga.
His 1st Deputy Premier,Owek.Prof.DR.Dr.Muhamadi Lubega commended the soccer fans for gracing the game in large numbers.
Owek. Osman Noor Ahmed, 2nd Deputy Premier flanked by the Kingdom Sports Ministers Owek.Amin Bbosa and Owek.Daniel Musota revealed that as a Kingdom, they are determined to give the best to the people of Busoga with soccer being one of them.
He also invited a team from Bulamogi county that moved forward and prostrated before the Kyabazinga amidst ululations from the ecstatic crowd.
One of the sponsors of this year’s edition,MTN Uganda through their CEO-V.Wim revealed that as a corporate company,they cherish and treasure culture as a key identity for their customers.
Revealing that MTN Uganda sponsored the recently concluded Tooro Kingdom Masaza cup,Wim,who began his speech with a few dialects in Lusoga, disclosed that it was inevitable for them not to associate with a pro-people initiative like the Busoga Masaza Cup. The other sponsor is Mayuge Sugar Industries Limited.
Present at the openning ceremony were Kingdom officials led by Isabalangira of Busoga, Sam Menha Kakaire Nkuutu, Owek.George William Mutyabule, Kingdom Ministers, MPs led by Hon.Brandon Kintu, Hon.Mariam Naigaga, Hon.Manjeri Kyebanakutika, Hon.Muzaale Martin, Hon.Loy Katali, Hon.Moses Grace Balyeku, Hon.Monica Namukose Kamagu Nnalongo among others.
This year’s edition is running under the theme “Talent Identification,Development and Promotion”
The reigning champions of the Busoga masaza cup are Kigulu county based in Iganga district.
match results in the busoga masaza cup on 14th May 2022
Butembe 1-0 Buzaaya