The MTN Busoga Masaza Cup delivered a weekend full of surprises and intense football action as both Bukooli Namayingo and Bulamogi saza made their mark in the preliminary matches. Here’s a recap of the thrilling encounters from Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s MTN Busoga Masaza Cup Action:
Bulamogi Stuns Bugweri
Saturday’s football action ignited with a remarkable upset when Bulamogi saza pulled off a tactical 2-0 victory against the group leaders, Bugweri. Coach Yusuf Izimba was buoyed by the win, proclaiming, “We might have lost our first two matches, but today’s win has indeed inspired my young team.”
The match started cautiously, but Bulamogi seized control in the second half. Willy Igoole broke the deadlock in the 57th minute, capitalizing on Bugweri’s defensive lapses. Bugweri’s coach, Kenneth Kaluuba, cited injuries and said, “We might have lost today, but it’s a wake-up call for us to bounce back in our next match.”
Sunday’s MTN Busoga Masaza Cup Action:
Bukooli Namayingo Reigns Supreme
Sunday witnessed another thrilling showdown as defending champions Bukooli Namayingo faced off against Budiope saza. Bukooli Namayingo, coming from behind, secured a commanding 3-1 victory. Coach Ivan George Wamalwa declared, “We have shown that we are still hungry for this year’s title.”
Andrew Kisule gave Budiope an early lead in the second minute, but Bukooli Namayingo responded swiftly with Dan Mubaale equalizing just two minutes later. The second half belonged to Bukooli Namayingo, with Douglas Soita heading in the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute. A late own goal sealed the win for the reigning champions.
Budiope’s coach, Wycliffe Mudoola, criticized the match officials but remained determined, stating, “We shall bounce back in our next matches.”
After the first round of matches, the Bukowe hill group is heating up. Bugweri leads with 6 points, followed by Kigulu and Bukono with 4 points each after their 1-1 draw. Bulamogi saza, fresh from their Saturday triumph, sits in the fourth spot with 3 points, setting the stage for an intense battle in the upcoming group matches.
In the Nhenda hill group, Bukooli Namayingo reigns supreme with a perfect 9 points from three wins. Bunha is in second place with 4 points, while Budiope has 2 points, and Bunhole Bunanumba has a single point.
As the preliminary round concludes, fans can look forward to an exciting second round, set to resume in two weeks’ time. The MTN Busoga Masaza Cup promises more thrilling encounters as teams strive for supremacy in this prestigious football competition. Stay tuned for more updates and highlights as the tournament unfolds.