Gomba FC will seek to become the first team ever to defend their title as the 2021 Airtel Masaza Cup gets underway at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Coached by Ibrahim Kirya, Gomba Lions beat Buddu FC 3-1 to clinch the title at St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on March 6 this year.
The side will seek to exorcise those demons when they start their journey against Kyadondo in a Masengere Group on Saturday.
They have won the title a record five times, including in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2017.
Kyadondo on the other hand, have One title to their name that came in 2008.
Now coached by Anthony Ssekito, the side will seek to do better than last season where they failed to get out of the Masengere Group.
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi will grace the opening match, Buganda Kingdom earlier confirmed.
Airtel Back As Title Sponsors
Leading telecommunications company Airtel Uganda boosted the famous tournament with a tune of Sh650m.
This was revealed earlier this week during the launch at Bulange for the tournament that is competed for by the Counties that make up the Buganda Kingdom.
David Birungi, the Airtel Head of PR and Corporate Communications, briefly commented: “As Airtel Uganda, we are proud to be part of this tournament which is another commitment to the development of Sports in Buganda and Uganda in general.”
“Sports has advanced to become a key contributor to the growth of the Kingdom of Buganda.
“We appreciate the Kingdom for laying ground with initiatives where talent is natured as well as bringing communities together.”
After the Masengere Group, team in Muganzirwaza will arrive at Njeru on November 30, Bulange Group will then join the fray on December 8 before Butikkiro Group on December 13.
The Quarterfinals will be played on December 20/21 and Semifinals on December 23. The final will be played next year with the date and venue yet to be confirmed.
Masengere Group Fixture
*Gomba Vs Kyadondo
*Buluuli Vs Kabula
*Kyadondo Vs Ssingo
*Kabula Vs Gomba
*Gomba Vs Buluuli
*Ssingo Vs Kabula
*Buluuli Vs Ssingo
*Kabula Vs Kyadondo
*Ssingo Vs Gomba
*Kyadondo Vs Buluuli
Gomba Squad for 2021 Season:
- MUWONGE YAKEEN – FOWARD
- SSEGUJJA MUSA – DEFENDER
- NYANZI DANUEL – FORWARD
- OMIZU JULIUS – LEFT BACK
- MUBIRU FRED NAVAS – GOALKEEPER
- KAFERO HAMIS DAGADA – RIGHT BACK
- TUMWESIGE NICHOLAS – MIDFIELDER
- MUWAYA SHARIF – DEFENDER
- ONENARACH HERBERT – DEFENDER
- KATONGOLE PETER – GOALKEEPER
- KYEYUNE ABASI – FORWARD
- LUTAKOME JUMAH JUNIOR – FORWARD
- ANIKU BRIAN – MIDFIELDER
- KATONGOLE FRANK – MIDFIELDER
- MWEBAZA LAMECH – FORWARD
- KAWEESI ERIC – GOALKEEPER
- KATUMBA EDGAR WILLIAM – FORWARD
- MUKEMBO SADAT – DEFENDER
- MAKUTUM YUSUF – DEFENDER
- MASEMBE GEORGE WILLIAM – MIDFIELDER
- KILYA IBRAHIM – HEAD COACH
- SSEKAMATE LEO – ASS. COACH
- MUBIRU JOSEPH – TRAINER
- AKI SADIK MUHAMMED – DOCTOR
- LUTAAYA JOHARSUMM – GOALKEEPING COACH
- SSEGUYA JOSEPH – KIT MAN