Airtel Masaza Cup 2018
Gomba 1-0 Buweekula
Kabulasoke PTC Ground, Gomba
Defending champions Gomba defeated Buweekula 1-0 in the opening game of the 2018 Airtel Masaza cup on Saturday.
The captain Nicholas Kabonge made all the headlines as he scored the only goal for Gomba who were also the hosts for the game that was graced by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
Kabonge’s goal came two minutes after halftime when Buweekula’s defence failed to clear their lines and the KJT star pounced ruthlessly.
Kabaka Mutebi II officially kicked off this year’s tournament flanked by the Kingdom Prime minister, Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga, Kingdom ministers, Government officials, Members of Parliament, local leaders and a multitude of passionate football gathering.
The opening 45 minutes of the game produced no goal reward with a couple of half chances for either side.
Isaac Balyejusa, Umar Luswata and Kabonge were all guilty of missing descent chances for the home side.
Adrian Sserugo hit the post with a diving header on 10 minutes in what was undoubtedly the best opportunity in the opening half.
Ivan Bogere came closest to scoring for the visiting team in the first 45 but Juma Kirabira in the Gomba goal was equall to the task.
Gomba took the initiative with only two minutes played at the beginning of the second half.
Nicholas Kabonge pounced onto a loose ball with the Buwekula defence in sixes and sevens, smashing it past Ben Sessazi and in process, sending the energetic Kabulasoke crowd into jubilation.
Gomba kick start their title defence with victory and that are very much amongst the favourites to win the crown this year.
How the teams lined up:
Juma Kirabira (G.K), Andy Kaweesi, Allan Bukenya, Adrian Sserugo, Abdalla Ssentongo, Amir Zake Kakomo, Umar Luswata, Nicholas Kabonge (Captain), Shakidu Mbaziira, Isaac Balyejusa, Joshua Kalisa
Ben Ssesazi (G.K), Bishop Henry Olom, Tom Lubulwa, Isaac Kiwanuka, Jonathan Mutesa, Livingstone Mbigo, Paul Kato, Juma Katende, Jamil Nvule Kisitu, Raymond Walugembe, Ivan Bogere
Sunday, 24-06-2018 Fixtures. 04:00pm
• Buddu Vs Bulemezi – Masaka Recreational Stadium (Group B)
• Kabula Vs Kyadondo – Bukulula (Group A)
• Ssese Vs Kooki – Lutoboka (Group C)
• Kyaggwe Vs Butambala – Mukono Bishops Play Ground (Group B)
• Bugerere Vs Singo – Kayunga Ssaza Ground (Group C)
• Buvuma Vs Busiro – Magyo play ground (Group D)
• Busujju Vs Buluuli – Kimuli play ground, Mityana (Ground D)