Saturday June 24th
Busiro Ssazza 1:3 Mawokota Ssaza
Goals from John Innocent Kisolo, Abubaker Mayanja and Calvin Emayo inspired Mawokota to come from a goal down and win holders Busiro 3-1 in the 2023 Masaza Cup opener at Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Through a spot kick converted by Akram Muzanyi, Busiro earned an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, after he was brought down in the area.
However, the Richard Malinga coached Mawokota, remained calm and composed looking lively going forward, maintained their free flowing football and created a couple of chances in a quest for a come back.
In the 37th minute through Mayanja, their efforts paid off who headed home from Micheal Abula cross to level matters.
Shortly after only three minutes, the three (3) time champions Mawokota extended the lead to 2-1 through Kisolo’s powerful strike past Busiro goalkeeper Sulaiman Ssali.
Busiro later had a chance to level matters before half time, But Muzanyi sent his penalty wide after Herbert Kibirango had been fouled in the area.
Mawokota sealed it off in the 80th as Emayo put the icing on the cake with the third in what was the last nail into Busiro’s coffin to ensure a 3-1 victory in the opener.
The win, first for Mawokota puts them at the top of Muganzirwaza group.
It was also a strong start for Richard Malinga, who is in charge of the team for a fourth consecutive season.
His Majesty the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi Kimera II graced the opening game which pulled huge crowds from his subjects.
How teams lined up
Sulaiman Ssali (GK), Ibrahim Ssenkusu, Vicent Agaku, Godfrey Alijole, Sulaiman Mutyaba, Ismael Kalyanswa, Daniel Ziraba, Herbert Kibirango, Abdurazak Ssembusi, Akram Muzanyi, Bruno Mukwaya
Henry Mwebe, Musa Huzaifah, Robert Atuhairwe, Ibrahim Kasenge, Andrew Eporu, Peter Kaye, Musa ssegujja
Head Coach : Ibrahim Kirya
Abraham Opio (GK), Joseph Kayondo, Peter Abalilya, John Innocent Kisolo, Brian Zahara, Micheal Abula, Akbr Ssentongo, Abubaker Mayanja, Alex Mutebi, Calvin Peter Emayo, Joseph Ogwang.
William Odongkara , Emmanuel Peter Oluga, Dennis Konde, Maduri Ngong
Head Coach: Richard Malinga