Buganda’s largest and recognized football tournament “Airtel Masaza Cup” will kick off on June 1, 2019, at Saza grounds in Mityana district with last year’s champions Ssingo hosting Ssese.
As usual the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will officially grace the start of this football tournament as Singo launch their title defence.
This year’s edition was unveiled at Bulange, Mengo on Tuesday by the Kingdom’s Sports, Youth and recreation Minister Henry Sekabembe Kiberu.
The minister revealed that this year a lot of focus and attention will be on fighting hooliganism and negligence which was highlighted last year’s edition.
“Last season we registered isolated cases of hooliganism and therefore safety will be the ultimate target this year,” Sekabembe told journalists.
Each team will receive UGX5million and five balls but there will be more facilitation when sides advance in the competition.
“We shall help the teams because we want to see an improved tournament and greater standards of football from last year,” he added.
In the previous editions, groups were named by use of alphabets but this will change in this year’s edition.
The 2019 Airtel Masaza Cup edition groups have been renamed using Buganda Kingdom building names like Masengere, Butikkiro, Muganzirwaza and Bulange.
2004 – Gomba
2005 – Mawokota
2006 – Kooki
2007 – Mawokota
2008 – Kyadondo
2009 – Gomba
2010 – Not Held
2011 – Buluuli
2012 – Bulemezi
2013 – Mawokota
2014 – Gomba
2015 – Ssingo
2016 – Buddu
2017 – Gomba
2018 – Ssingo