Disaster has hit the Gomba camp as the four timerecord winners of the Masaza cup came out through their chairperson to acknowledge that they are facing different challenges like scarcity of funds in their preparations. The former champions are currently camping at Kabulasooke for their stay and training ahead of their delayed start to the tournament that will kick-off this Saturday at the FYFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Mansour Kabugo, the team chairperson came out to say that, ‟the team has been camping in Kabulasooke for now more than a month, the players feed daily and there are lots of pending issues with players’ sign on fees and at some stage threatened to lay down their tools.”
Gomba have had couple challenging moments if you remember they also had signed some players that moved on to the Startimes Uganda Premier League and perfect example was Ibrahim (SEVEN) Kasinde who signed for them in May but later moved on in May to Soltilo Bright Stars making him ineligible to play for the Lions just like Edward Satulo who joined WakisoGiants in July and all these just have been problems piling up for them right after others like feeding of players, sign on fees and also maintain previous players’ contracts.
Covid-19 has been the peak of the problems that has cut off most of their revenue like their heavily relies on donations, gate collections, sale of merchandise (club jerseys) and sponsorships with the team training two times a day at the Kabulasooke PTC core sports ground under Coach Davis Nnono and Technical director Felix Kawooya.
The team has played number of friendlies where they picked up some good wins (three) in total 3-1 against Butambala, 1-0 against Mawoogola and the lastest yesterday being a 4-1 against Kooki with Charles Bbale netting a brace and the other goals coming in from Juma Lutankome and Kampala Junior Team striker Mwebaze Lamech, on the Kooki side Anthony Ssekidde who many knows as Mascherano got their consolation goal.
The tittle record holders (2004, 2009, 2014 and 2017)’s group will get underway on the 9th January 2021. They are in the famous Mugazirwazza group alongside Ssese, Buddu and Kabula. The Lions will be looking for their 5th tittle after their last grasp of the trophy in 2018 when they still had Nicholas Kabonge as their captain (now presently at Villa). Bulemeezi are the holders of last years trophy after their victory in extra time at Namboole when they put one past Busiiro through an Emmanuel Loki goal.
Due to the pandemic, this season’s Masaza Cup tournament will be played at one venue which will be the FYFA Technical Centre in Njeru and will be graced by His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II as he usually does and it will be between Bulemeezi and Butambala this Saturday.