The Busoga Kingdom’s Masaza tournament will kick off in July this year with the 6th edition as it was revealed by the Kingdom Sports Minister, Owekitiibwa Amin Bossa Nkono.
In a stakeholders’ meeting held at the kingdom headquarters in Bugembe, Jinja, it was resolved that the 6th edition of the tournament, shall commence on July 8, 2023 with Bunhole Bunanumba facing Bunha in the opening fixture of the tournament.
Owekitiibwa Bossa informed journalists that this year’s edition shall have a license of at least 5 players below 18 years of age. This is an amendment made, as it previously was strictly 25 licenses given to a team with players of any age.
He says it is purposed to awake the young talents that are on a standstill in the young Busoga children.
“We are following the directives of ‘Baba Kyabazinga’ that we identify the talents of our children, we want our boys to be players in the Uganda premier league,” says Bossa adding that no player from the Uganda premier league and FUFA Big League or those that earlier played shall be allowed in the tournament. We shall not be identifying any talent from them because they already exhibited their talents.
Bossa says that every team (Chiefdom) has been asked to produce two playgrounds, which shall be examined and one will be recognized for matches as we want standard playgrounds that can host thousands of Basoga.
Isa Magoola Kakaire the tournament organizing committee chairperson, expressed the readiness of the competitions, saying that teams must comply with the rules and regulations to maintain the discipline in the exercise.
Chiefdoms were grouped in four groups; Bukowe, Nendha, Mawembe and Kagulu. Bukowe is habiting Kigulu, Bulamogi, Bukono and Bugweri while Nendha include Bukooli Namayingo, Budiope, Bunha and Bunhole Bunanumba.
Mawembe has; Butembe, Bukooli Bugiri and Buzaaya while Kagulu include Bugabula, Busiki and Luuka.
Bukooli Namayingo was crowned the winner of last year’s tournament after a win against Kigulu