December 9, 2021

Masaza Cup 2021: Defending champions Gomba earn maiden win

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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Gomba Lions players celebrate Charles Bbaale's goal in the 2020 Masaza Cup final at Kitende | Courtesy photo

Masaza Cup defending champions, Gomba registered a 3-1 win against Kabula in their second game of this year’s tournament at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Monday evening.

Daniel Nyanzi, Abasi Kyeyune and Brian Aniku guided Gomba Lions to their maiden win having lost 2-0 in the opening game of the campaign against Kyadondo.

In the 18th minute, Daniel Nyanzi scored from a powerful direct free-kick leaving Kabula goalkeeper Suliman Ssali with nothing to do about the matter.

With seven minutes to play in the first half, Moses Kasaga passed through a forest of legs before he pulled off a powerful shot that missed the target by inches.

Towards the end of the first half, Gomba had a chance to extend the lead through Juma Junior Lutankome’s header but Ssali parried the ball away to safety.

On the return of the second stanza, Kabula started on a high in search of a leveller however Gomba looked so calm and strong at the back hence keeping their lead intact.

In the 54th minute, Gomba made a counter-attack and Lutakome laid a low cross in the box that was slotted in the back of the net by Brian Aniku to extend their lead.

Six minutes later, Abasi Diaz Kyeyune scored from a solo effort after dancing past his markers and he later sent a powerful shot on goal to make it three up.

In the last minutes of the game, Gomba, setting up from the back played at a much lower pace, guarding their three goals to earn their maiden win.

With two minutes to play, Rashid Mutebi converted from the spot to give Kabula a consolation.

The result takes Gomba to the third position levelled with Buluuli, with whom they are tied at three points with a two-goal difference.

On the other hand, Kabula sinks furthest on the log with no point from two games played, but eight goals conceded.

Gomba return to action on Thursday, November 25 against Buluuli as both sides will be fighting for the helm of the Masengere group since they are shy of the mark by a point.

Meanwhile, Kabula will be playing against table leaders Kyadondo as they look for their maiden point in the ongoing tournament having lost the first two games.

How they lined up

Kabula Ssaza XI: Sulaimani Ssali, Emmanuel Kawuma, Derrick Ssentongo, Denis Habagaya, Enock Katamba, Theodous Makubuya, Marco Matege, Martin Sseguya, Masudi Dod Mele

Gomba Ssaza XI: Peter Katongole, Hamis Kafeero, Sadat Mukembo, Musa Segujja, Edgar Katumba, Herbert Onenarach, Abasi Kyeyune, Brian Aniku, Daniel Nyanzi, Junior Lutankome, Frank Katongole

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