Masaza Cup: History favours Buddu to go past Mawogola

Sunday June 16 2019

Off the mark. Ronald Ssempala (R)  scored the

Off the mark. Ronald Ssempala (R) scored the openning goal against Ssese in Mityana. Photo by John Batanudde  

By BRIAN MUGENYI

KAMPALA. For the last fifteen years, Ssembabule-based team Mawogola has been struggling to impress in Masaza Cup only to stop in group stages, season after season. 
Before, they have had coach Fred Kasekende (2018) renowned for nurturing young players in Ayod Academy in Kyotera suburbs but still, Kasekende’s tactics too failed to win them trophies.
Now fresh with new ideas at Buddu, coach Livingstone Mbabazi, who also penned a three-year contract with Onduparaka five days ago would count on Mawogola’s static performance as they face-off this evening at Masaka Recreation.

“We are working hard as a team although most of the players are still learning coach Mbabazi’s philosophy,” said Buddu’s skipper Nasser Lukwango.
Lukwago by all means is a player Buddu would rely on heavily this season due to his work rate and commanding language among his fellow players at the pitch.
“We are in good steady for that game. The last 15 years, Mawogola have never survived here (Masaka Recreation) and every player in the camp is well aware of that,” Lukwango who was recruited by coach Steven Bogere in 2015 told Sunday Monitor.

Last week, they started with sub-standard performance after playing a goalless draw with Bulemeezi at Kasana playground.
However, strikers; Frank Ssebuufu and Owen Kasule, 2018 Masaza Cup MVP are all back in the team and they will be key in today’s fixture as they chase a ticket to this year’s final at Mandela National Stadium.

bmugenyi@ug.nationmedia.com

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