Opening Game (Sun, 26th May)
Kooki County Vs Buddu (Maaya Stadium, Rakai)
As the much anticipated kickoff of the 2013 Buganda Masaza football cup is now envisaged this coming weekend, the expectations of the majority are quite ripe with positive results.
To the football enthusiasts, the masaza cup is a ground that provides thrilling action where fresh untapped talent is unearthed. This weekend, the 7th Edition of the annual football tourney in Buganda Kingdom rolls off at Maaya Stadium in Rakai District where the 2006 champions, Kooki will play host to Masaka’s Buddu County.
Fred Kasozi, Kooki’s team manager acknowledges the value of this tournament in as far as the discovery of new players is concerned. “I have seen super stars in our national team today coming from this tournament, it should therefore be taken seriously”, he says. This tournament, which bars FUFA Super Division players and Big league players has seen a cross section of players who have excelled in the game.
Besides the hefty sign-on fees that have gone as high as 2M, many players have gained that much needed exposure that learning institutions have utilized to award them bursaries. “I got a bursary at Nkumba University after being spotted from the Masaza Tournament”, confesses, Vincent Onyango, who featured for Busiro County in 2011 and 2012.
Players and officials too, get handsome allowances before and after games that have helped them to improve their general welfare. Hussein Bukenya, a winner of the Cup in 2006 with Kooki, who also featured for Mawogola County as a coach cum player in 2008 and 2009 says the allowances in Masaza cup games surpass even those in the local league games.
For the scouting football club and national under age and national team coaches, the Masaza cup is a fertile ground for spotting the talented young boys as the supporters are paid their money’s worth in the best entertainment.
18 teams that are placed in 4 groups. They are: Busiro, Buvuma, Buluri, Ssingo, Mawokota, Gomba, Bulemeezi, Buddu, Kooki, Kyaggwe, Ssesse, Bugerere, Buweekula, Mawogola, Busujju, Butambala, Kabula and Kyadondo.
Teams have to play each other on a home and away basis before the best two placed teams from the each group make it to the knockout quarterfinal stage and semis before a grand finale at Nakivubo National Stadium.
The tournament has produced players such as Alex Kakuba (Sporting CP, Portugal), Ivan Bukenya (Erbil, Iraq), Robert Odongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Sula Malouda Matovu (Erbil, Iraq), Brian Omony (Azam F.C, Tanzania), Samson Mutyaba (FC Guan Dong, China), Tumusiime Kenneth (Nairobi City Stars), Godfrey Walusimbi (CS Don Bosco, DRC), Bruno Sserunkuma (Nairobi City Stars), Batte Shamiru (Kiyovu , Rwanda)Joel Kayongo Ssebuliba (Nairobi City Stars), Robert Omunuk (Tusker, Kenya), Bosco Ssemugenyi (in South Sudan), Bunchu Batambuze (Western Stima, Kenya), Alex Ikanga (Tusker, Kenya), Sserumaga Mike (Proline), Aggrey Kirya (Water F.C), Isma Kabugu (Proline), Savio Kabugo (SCVU),Ronald Musana (Kira Young),Joseph Owino (URA), Erukana Nkugwa (URA), Bonny Baiagana (Express), Innocent Kikonyogo (URA), Henry Kawuma, Kibirige Meddie, Kakeeto Meddie, Maddie Mukiri, Andrew Kyekulidde, Steven Sserwanga (all Aurum Roses), Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers), Peter Katumba (Proline), Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Bajja Lorenzo, Phil Lutaaya, Abraham Ndugwa, Charles Odeke (all Entebbe Young), Muzamiru Mutyaba (Maroons), Azizi Kemba (Bul Bidco), Moses Kamya (Soana), Elias Sserwadda (SC Villa), Yassar Mugerwa, Dan Nsubuga, David Isabirye, Michael Mugote, Faizal Muwawo (Nkumba University), Lawrence Ssonko (UCU) to mention but a few.
2010- Not Held (Due to instability in Buganda Kingdom)