By Edwin Kyle Kule
The Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation in Buganda Owek, Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu is optimistic the 2021 Masaza Cup edition could still happen amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While talking to the media, the minister expressed confidence that the organizing committee will come up with a strategic plan on how Buganda’s most prestigious football tournament can take place.
“The Buganda Kingdom through the organizing committee of Masaza Cup is doing all it takes to see that we hold the tournament for the year 2021,” Sekabembe noted.
“As soon as the plan is concluded we shall come and share it with the honourable ministers as well as the public so that we can see how best we can put it to implementation,” he added.
Due to the pandemic, last year’s tournament also started late that’s in December 2020 and was concluded in March 2021, with Gomba winning their fifth title when they defeated Buddu 3-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
“In Europe, the Euros were conducted successfully and the same applies in South America where the Copa America did happen as well.”
“So what have these people done to achieve that? It was because they decided to put their emphasis on vaccinating their natives which has allowed them to start opening up.”
“Therefore, it’s something we should also adopt here and do it with a lot of seriousness,” Ssekabembe noted.
According to him(Ssekabembe) if all sportsmen joined hands and asked the government through the parliament to emphasize vaccination, then the country would be able to open and allow games to resume.
Masaza Cup past Winners
2010: Not Held