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31 December 2023 | Busoga

  • Butembe 0-1 Busiki 

The 2023 MTN Busoga Masaza Cup concluded on Saturday, 30th December with Busiki County claiming their first-ever title.

Ismail Ndifuna netted the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute of the game to help Busiki collect their first silverware.

The victors started the game played at a packed-to-capacity Kakindu Stadium in the heart of Jinja city the better side and assumed early control of the game.

Little surprise that the first clear-cut chance came their way as Alimansi Bidondole's long-range effort rattled off the crossbar in the ninth minute to send early signs.

Butembe responded to the early pressure from their opponents and nearly took the lead with forward Tonny Tulituka landing their first chance of the game but narrowly missed target from about 20 yards out.

Tilituka wasted two more chances before halftime while at the other end, Owen Isabirye and Ndifuna wasted a couple of chances as the scoreboard read nil-nil at the break.

While Busiki remained in control of possession after halftime, the first chance of the second half went to Butembe but a wasteful Tilituka tapped George Mutuuba's glorious cross over the bar.

The Match's defining moment arrived with under 20 minutes to play after Ndifuna curled home past goalkeeper Peter Kadama after a solo run to spark wild celebrations from Busiki fans.

Busiki stood firm for the remaining minutes to win the cup that came along with a cash reward of Ugx 12,000,000. Butembe got silver medals and Ugx 8,000,000 whilst Kigulu who finished third after beating Bugabula 3-1 early took home Ugx 6,000,000.

Team Line Ups

Busiki XI: Andrew Aboket (G.K), John Mugalula, Ivan Bashir Tewa, Tibibita Arrajabu, Paul Pompey Bweni, Owen Gasta Isabirye, Alimansi Bidondole, Michael Kimuli, Silas Kalireku, Ismail Ndifuna, Fahad Mukase

Subs: Aramathan Mubiru (G.K), Musa Rahim Kigenyi, Allan Kirunda, David Isiko, Ibrahim Isabirye, Abdullah Kawanguzi

Butembe XI: Peter Kadama (G.K), Mikel Abasa, Maurice Isabirye, Issa Balaba (Captain), Fahad Ochan, Sowedi Lwenda, Jamada Ikoba, Richard Okello, Tonny Tulituka, Simon Mulindha, Amos Kathaya

Subs: Julius Emetu (G.K), Cyness Wejuli, Rodney Matovu, George Mutuuba, Tonny Kasibe, Kenneth Bwamiki

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