Masuudi Kafumbe dazzles as Busiro dethrone Buddu to lift first ever Airtel Masaza Cup title

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David GOMBE

Busiro beat Buddu 2-1 to claim their maiden Airtel Masaza Cup trophy at the Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.

Busiro cruised to the 2022 trophy before a large crowd of Kabaka’s subjects who thronged Wankulukuku stadium on Saturday.

Fans throng Wankulukuku stadium
Ofoyrwoth Isaac scored in the first half for Busiro before Denis Kalanzi levelled matters for Buddu with a at the stroke of halftime. Kalanzi seemed to have been in a offside position before heading past Busiro goalkeeper. 

Masuudi Kafumbe won it for Busiro in added time with a sensational low strike to send the Busiro faithfuls into a delight at Wankulukuku.

The 2022 Masaza Cup Football Tournament kicked off in June 2022 with 18 Buganda Kingdom counties contending for the championship title. Since its inception in 2004, the tournament has produced great talent including Farooq Miya from Mawokota who is currently playing for Çaykur Rizespor a Turkish Football Club, Frank Ssebufu from Buddu presently with Uganda Cranes and Wakiso Giants, among other players who are actively participating in professional football in Uganda and beyond.

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“Our participation in the Masaza Cup stems over 5 years, and Airtel Uganda will continue to support the tournament. We attribute this success to the notable leadership of His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, for extending this partnership opportunity that is a rallying call for men to actively participate in the campaign to end AIDS by 2030,” revealed, manoj murali, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director.

“Airtel Uganda recognizes the numerous opportunities that a sport like football presents for the country’s socio-economic development.”

“We have dedicated resources and time to the growth of grassroot football in Uganda through programs like Airtel Rising Stars and Masaza Cup. We will continue to do so” he added.
manoj acknowledged the efforts of the Masaza Cup teams, the technical and non-technical personnel who have worked hard to see that the 2022 tournament is a success.

The Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga congratulated the winners and all the teams that participated in the 2022 tournament.

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“This tournament boosts talent among other development opportunities in the region and beyond and I encourage us all to continue being part of the tournaments among other initiatives spearheaded by the Kingdom.” Adding that,

“We have a longstanding mutual relationship with Airtel Uganda and I want to appreciate them for walking the Masaza Cup journey with us. Hosting such an engagement requires a lot of resources, and we want to thank Airtel for their support that has enabled us to host the tournament successfully each year.”

“The teams and individuals who participated in the tournament dedicated their time, displayed great talent and teamwork on and off the pitch. It is this teamwork that builds the grassroot football that supports the growth of professional football in Uganda. Airtel Uganda is pleased to be partners on this journey,” manoj concluded.

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Buddu have now lost four Masaza Cup finals (2015 and 2018 both against Ssingo, 2020 against Gomba).

Gomba is the record winner of this championship with five titles won in 2004, 2009, 2014, 2017 and lately 2020.

Masaza Cup Winners:

2022 – Busiro
2021 – Buddu
2020 – Gomba
2019 – Bulemeezi
2018 – Buddu
2017 – Gomba
2016 – Buddu
2015 – Singo
2014 – Gomba
2013 – Mawokota
2012– Bulemeezi
2011– Buluri
2010– Not Held
2009– Gomba
2008– Kyadondo
2007– Mawokota
2006– Kooki
2005- Mawokota
2004- Gomba

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