Buganda Masaza Cup side Gomba Lions FC beat Uganda Premier League outfit SC Villa 1-0 in a friendly match played on Sunday at Kabulasoke Core PTC.
Jackson Ssemugabi scored the only goal of the game in the 7th minute of play after beating Villa’s Keni Saidi on the near post moments after George Kaddu’s long throw-in from his own half.
In the 25th minute Villa midfielder Ronald Ssekiganda almost evened matters but his effort hit the wood work.
Later in the match Villa forward Issac Ogwang aimed to cause havoc to Gomba backline bodies but he couldn’t break the dead lock.
Both sides rang in lots of changes after the break with only one substitution made in the first half.
The friendly match was organized by Gomba Ssaza management and was primarily intended for Gomba’s fundraising drive ahead of the Masaza Cup final and also for merry making for the fans and the like.
Gomba Lions FC will play Buddu in the forth coming edition of the Masaza Cup final whose date is yet to be confirmed. This will be a repeat of the 2016 final of the Masaza Cup tournament.
Gomba are in pursuit for a record fifth Masaza Cup title having triumphed during the 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2017 stagings.
Gomba Lions XI vs SC Villa: Peter Katongole Dhaira (GK), Hamis Dagada Kafeero, George Kaddu, Abdallah Ssentongo (Captain), Fred Gift, Derrick Mbowa, Ali Bayo Arshavin, Umar Lutalo, Jackson Ssemugabi, Charles Bbaale, Tavin Kevin Kyeyune
Subs: Francis Anguzu (G.K), Collin Sseruwu, George Ssebuuma, Ruben Ssekitoleko, Herbert Onen, Ashraf Zzizinga
Head Coach: Felix Kawooya Ssekabuzza
Assistant coach: Davis Nnono Ssozi
SC Villa Jogoo XI vs Gomba Lions: Saidi Keni (G.K), Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiiro, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Alishe, Amir Kakomo, Alex Emmanuel Wasswa, Ronald Ssekiganda, Andrew Kawooya, Isaac Ogwang Falcao
Subs: Meddie Kibirige (GK), Fred Agandu, Senoga Kagawa, Faizal Muwawu, Nicholas Kabonge, Benson Muhindo, Goffin Oyirwoth, Derrick Ssekiranda
Head coach: Edwardo Kaziba
Assistant coach: Ibrahim Kirya