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Bisaso down plays history as 2019 Airtel-Masaza Cup kicks off

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Kabaka greets Buddu players before last year's Airtel-Masaza Cup final kick off at the Namboole stadium

Airtel-Masaza Cup Opener

Saturday, 3pm

Ssingo vs Ssese, Mityana

Shafik Bisaso will be looking to make it three out of three this year when he starts another journey with Singo FC in the 2019 Airtel-Masaza Cup that commences this Saturday at Ssaza grounds, Mityana with Ssingo hosting Ssese in the Masengere group.

Bisaso

The opener will be graced by the Kabaka (King) of Buganda His Majesty, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. Bisaso led Ssingo to last year’s title after a 12-11 win over Buddu in penalties following a 1-1 normal time draw in the final at the Namboole stadium.

The youthful tactician, who led Proline to automatic return to Premier league next season, has already bagged the StarTimes FUFA Big league and the Stanbic Uganda Cup titles this year.

Despite a 2-1 home loss against Busiro in a friendly on Monday, Ssingo are favorites against Ssese this Saturday as they aim for the third title in the competition they first won in 2015 with similar tactician beating same opponents like last year.

“We are set and ready to compete. It will not be easy because everyone looks at the defending champions. I do not want to look at history, we won last year and that is then, teams have prepared well and it will be tough taking it back,” noted Bisaso, who is the most successful tactician in the Airtel-Masaza tournament with four titles; two with Gomba and two with Ssingo.

Bisaso, who unveiled a 25-man squad on Monday, is assisted by Felix Ssekabuuza Kawooya. Ssingo will battle it out in Masengere group with Bugerere, Buvuma, Ssese and record three-time champions Gomba.

This year, the groups were named after the historical buildings of Buganda Kingdom including Masengere, Butikkiro, Muganzirwazza and Bulange. Each of the 18 partaking companies gets Shs5m on start but the prize money is increased per stage.

The winner Shs15m cash prize while the second and third have Shs10m and Shs7m at stake respectively. Airtel-Uganda are prime sponsors of the tournament with Centenary bank, Engule beer, Rwenzori water and BBS TV as co-sponsors.

The 2019 Masaza cup groups

MASENGERE GROUP

Ssingo

Bugerere

Buvuma

Gomba

Ssese

BUTIKKIRO GROUP

Buddu

Mawogola

Mawokota

Bulemezi

Kooki

MUGANZIRWAZZA GROUP

Busujju

Kabula

Kyaggwe

Butambala

BULANGE GROUP

Buwekula

Busiro

Kyadondo

Buluuli

Previous winners

2004 Gomba

2005 Mawokota

2006 Kkoki

2007 Mawokota

2008 Kyaddondo

2008 Gomba

2010 – not held

2011 Buluuli

2012 Bulemeezi

2013 Mawokota

2014 Gomba

2015 Ssingo

2016 Buddu

2017 Gomba

2018 Ssingo

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