Ahead of the 2021 Masaza Cup tournament, headline sponsors Airtel have injected in Shs650m while the other partner Centenary Bank have supported with Shs165m for a combined Shs 815m.
The above development was confirmed at the launch of this year’s edition which was held at Bulange in Mengo on Wednesday afternoon.
David Birungi who works as the Director of Public Relations at Airtel attended the launch on behalf of the telecommunications company.
“We have seen a number of players who play in the Masaza Cup and later on switch to the Uganda Premier League and other leagues, that shows how meaningful this tournament is,” Birungi said before adding.
“Such should continue because we want to see more players elevating to the top level and therefore, we shall always support this tournament.”
“As the lead sponsors, Just like the previous year, I am here to inform you that we shall inject in Shs650m,” he added.
In a similar way, the Executive Director of Centenary Bank Joseph Balikudembe hailed the efforts of the Masaza Cup in the development of Sports in Buganda and Uganda as a whole.
“This is the most prestigious football tournament in Uganda and as Centenary Bank, we are proud to be part and parcel,” Balikudembe said at the launch.
“It is a tournament that has helped in the development of talent in the Kingdom of Buganda and Uganda as a whole.”
“We shall continue supporting it and this year, a sum of Shs165m is what we are offering and this is part of the Shs465m three year deal we have with the Kingdom,” he noted.
In the absence of the Prime Minister of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga who is on leave, his deputy, Owekitibwa Wagwa Nsibirwa represented him at the launch.
Nsibirwa was quick to acknowledge the unity this football tournament has brought to the people who stay in Buganda, no matter the tribe.
“Most of the dignitaries here have spoken about the importance of the Masaza Cup in line with promoting talent and I will not repeat that,” Nsibirwa said before adding.
“In addition to developing and promoting talent, I believe this tournament has also promoted peace and unity amongst people from different walks of life.”
“This is a competition that is played in Buganda, but even players from different tribes are accommodated which is special and it will never stop,” he added.
As it was last year, this year’s campaign will be held in a bubble; without fans and players will be expected to be harboured in an enclosed camp at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru in Kyagwe county.
Eighteen teams will take part in this year’s edition which kicks off on Saturday, November 20. Each of them has been facilitated with four million and one million shall be added every stage. Two pairs of jerseys and four balls have also been given to all the 18 teams.
The winner of this year’s competition will walk away with 12 million, the first runners up will take nine million, the third and fourth team will take seven and five million respectively.
Defending champions Gomba with face off with Kyadondo on the opening day of the 17th edition on Saturday, a game that shall be graced by the King of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
The Four Masaza Cup Groups
Masengere: Gomba, Kyadondo, Buluuli, Singo, Kabula
Muganzirwaza: Buddu, Busujju, Mawogola, Buwekula, Butambala.
Bulange: Busiro, Bugerere, Kyaggwe, Buvuma
Butikkiro: Bulemeezi, Kooki, Mawokota, Ssese.