December 9, 2021

Masaza Cup 2021: Buluuli shine brighter than Kabula in a seven-goal thriller

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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Buluuli players celebrate a goal | Photo by David Isabirye

Buluuli registered a 5-2 win against poor Kabula in the 2021 Masaza Cup in a game that was played at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Sunday evening.

Ibrahim Fahad Ssekyanzi and John Paul Ndembe scored braces as Buluuli put five past Kabula in a one sided encounter on matchday two of the tournament.

While Martin Sseguya came off the bench to score a second half brace for Kabula.

Just after six minutes into the game, Buluuli took the lead through Ndembe whose powerful shot from outside the box went past a stranded Kabula goalkeeper, Sulaiman Ssali.

Two minutes later Ndembe completed his double tapping in the ball off Johnson Ssenyonga’s cutback from the right wing thanks to a great team play.

Kabula replied with an instant attack looking to pull one back but Valentino Odoi’s powerful header went a few inches above the crossbar.

In the 11th minute, midfielder Ssekyazi jumped higher than everyone in the box to nod Kato’s curling cross into the top corner of the net. 

Kabula made an early change in defence with Derrick Ssentongo coming on for Rashid Mutebi.

After that substitution, Kabula looked a different side trying to compose themselves into the game. Igniting attacks from the back but were not sharp enough upfront.

On the return of the second stanza, Buluuli and Kabula shared possession in an end to end encounter as they both looked for the half’s first goal.

And in the 50th minute, Ssenyonga placed his name on the score sheet with an emphatic finish that came off Kato’s low hard cross.

Four minutes later, Buluuli made their first change introducing Innocent Kisolo for Henry Lule to impart freshness in the middle of the park.

On the other hand, Kabula also brought on Martin Sseguya and Marco Matego for Odoi and Badru Ssaka as they continued to look for a consolation.

At an hour mark, Buluuli engineered a counter attack that was finished by Ssekyanzi to complete his brace putting the game far beyond Kabula’s reach.

In the last minutes of the game, Kabula increased the pace of the game and forced Buluuli on the back foot as they defended their goal area.

In the 80th minute, second half substitute Sseguya tapped home the ball past Buluuli’s goalkeeper Salim Abdallah Sekamwa who was beat to a deflection.

In the 89th minute, Sseguya was brought down in the dangerous area before he picked the ball and converted from the spot to score the second for Kabula.

The result took Buluuli at the helm of Group A with three points and five goals, Kyadondo comes second with three points and two goals after their 2-0 win over defending champions Gomba.

Action continues on Monday, November 22 with Kyadondo facing Ssingo at midday while Kabula will be back against Gomba in a game both sides will be searching for the maiden win.

How they lined up

Buluuli XI: Salim Abudallah Ssekamwa (GK), Derrick Kato, Richard Kiberu, Swaibu Kazibwe, Henry Lule, Lawrence Kakande, Ibrahim Fahad Ssekyanzi, John Paul Ndembe, John Ssenyonga, Derrick Kaija, Abdul Malik

Kabula XI: Sulaiman Ssali, Emmanuel Kawuma, Rashid Mutebi, Enock Katamba, Denis Habagaya, Badru Ssaka, Theodra Makubuya, Abdallah Mazinga, Valentino Odoi, Robert Kato, Moses Kasagga

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