The 19th edition of the Airtel Masaza Cup saw its climax on Saturday, October 28th, at Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku, with Bulemeezi emerging victorious over the record champions, Gomba, in a match that ended with a 1-0 scoreline after a goal scored by Johnson Ssenyonga. The tournament which was launched in 2004 has maintained its core values nurturing young talent across the various Counties or Masazas that constitute the Buganda Kingdom and the surrounding regions.
This year’s edition was organized under the theme “Men in the fight against HIV/AIDs to save the girl child,” shedding light on significant societal issues affecting the community. Each year, the tournament transcends the realm of football and creates a platform that brings people from diverse backgrounds together, especially in the central region and its environs, to partake in a shared passion.
The theme for this year emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about the impact of the HIV/AIDs epidemic on the girl child and underscores the role men can play in prevention and support.
David Birungi, Airtel’s PR manager, highlighted the Masaza Cup’s role in uniting communities, celebrating culture, empowering youth through sports, and addressing critical social issues like HIV/AIDs prevention.
The 2023 tournament featured 18 counties of the Buganda Kingdom, grouped into three categories: Muganzirwazza, Masengere, and Bulange.
Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga extended his congratulations to the winners and all participating teams in the 2023 Masaza Cup tournament. He acknowledged the exceptional talent displayed and thanked the partners for their continued support.
Bulemeezi, the champions, secured a prize of Shs12 million, while Gomba, the runners-up and record winners, received Shs. 9 million. Third-placed Mawokota walked away with Shs 9 million, and Buddu settled for Shs 5 million after finishing fourth.