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Masaza Cup: Bulemeezi, Butambala Share Spoils in Tournament Opener

Bulemeezi 1-1 Butambala

Butambala held defending champions Bulemeezi to a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the 2020/2021 Airtel Masaza Cup tournament played on Saturday at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.

Nsereko Sharif and super substitute Kakaire Thomas were on target for Butambala and Bulemeezi respectively as both shared spoils in the match graced by the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

Butambala’s goalkeeper Fahad Emuran made an early save to deny Sulaiman Sesazzi’s free kick inside the opening 60 seconds before a Mutebi Moses header went few inches from the post.

With half an hour gone, Mutebi narrowly broke the deadlock for Butambala who dominated proceedings in the entire first half but his heavy-weighted shot rattled the goal post.

In the 23rd minute, Nsereko put Butambala in the lead when his teasing shot inside the box went into the top corner of the net past goalkeeper Banalya Ibra.

Butambala again missed another golden opportunity when Kizza Douglas cleared Brian Mato’s attempt off the line on the stroke of halftime as the game went into recess.

On return, coach Mugerwa Simon Peter made reinforcements for Bulemeezi when youngster Kakaire replaced Kafumbe Masuudi before Butambala brought Muwonge Maurice on for Kalanzi Abdu.

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In the 76th minute, danger man Thomas Kakaire drew matters level when he tapped in a rebound after goalkeeper Emuran who spilled the ball into his path.

Later on, Butambala’s Mutebi Moses had his shot go over the bar while custodian Banalya Ibra collected dreadlocked defender Bukenya Julius’ efforts.

Team Lineups

Bulemeezi

Ibra Banalya (GK), Rogers Ssebyondya, Kizza Douglas, Sulaiman Sessazi, Rashid Semwogerere, Dirisa Masembe, Ronald Kakooza, Gabriel Elagu, Simon Katumba, Akram Muzanyi, Masuudi Kafumbe

Substitutes: Francis Kasumba, Thomas Kakaire, Benardo Kateregga

Butambala

Fahad Emuran (GK), Mutaawe Athanas, Bukenya Julius, Mato Brian, Kalanzi Abdu, Jagwe Musa, Mutebi Moses, Lwandasa Sabule, Nsamba Patrick, Nsereko Sharif, Mbigo Livingstone

Substitutes: Muwonge Maurice, Semukuutu Farouk, Luwagga Farouk, Maganda Ismail

Match Officials

Center: Ali Kaddu

1st Assistant: Mustafa Mafumu

2nd Assistant: Robert Kimbugwe

Fourth Official: Paul Mutunzi

Referees Assessor: Samuel Kayondo

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