KAMPALA.

When they fell prey to Buddu last year at Namboole Stadium, Gomba went back to the drawing board and this year’s tourney will justify their readiness.

See, they didn’t go past group stages in 2015. Group mates Ssingo lifted the trophy. Whether it’s a hard work paying off, a renewed sense of confidence, a better tactical fit, or all three, Gomba - also the three-time Masaza Cup winners- has its groove back.

They reached the quarter-finals stage after a 4-1 win over Busujju on Sunday to join Buddu, Ssingo, Bugerere, and Bulemeezi who also sailed through at the weekend.
“We are doing well,” said Simon ‘Ddunga’ Ddungu, Gomba’s head coach yesterday.

“I recruited proven players who have mastered my coaching philosophy, and some of them are experienced in this tournament,” Ddungu, who deputised Edward Golola in Mawokota in 2013, added.

Gomba’s strength has been largely in their striking line led by Joseph Janjali, who switched from Buddu last year and he has netted six goals, sending his side to the top of group C with 14 points.

“He is a talented chap with a keen eye for goal,” Ddungu, who also coached Buwekula half season in 2014 said of Janjali, who is only two goals below Ssingo’s Steven Mukwala, the top scorer with eight goals, thus far.

Other games
Meanwhile, Shafik Bisaso’s side Ssingo garnered 13 points in all the six games they played in group C, scoring 11 goals, conceding only two. They are to play group D victors Bulemeezi in quarter-finals soon.

“We are in high spirits to face any opponent at that stage (Quarter-finals),” vowed Bisao when contacted yesterday. Elsewhere, last year’s winners Buddu topped group B with 15 points, above Andrew Ddamba coached side Kooki who polled 10 points, and they are facing opponents from group A in the quarter-finals.

Steven Bogere’s side Buddu are without playmaker Jibril Matovu, currently on crutches after sustaining a knee injury in their home game against Kabula, and he is more likely even to miss the quarter-finals opener.

“We are praying for his quick recovery,” said Bogere.
However, this weekend’s fixture will decide on the two who are to move from a ‘scorching’ group A, with three teams; Busiro, Mawokota and Kyadondo, all sealed on 9, 10, and 11 points respectively.

MASAZA CUP- SELECTED FIXTURES
Sunday - 4PM
Kyadondo vs Busiro - Lugogo
Busiro vs Butambala - Ssentema
Mawogola vs Kabula - Ssembabule

MASAZA CUP STANDING
GROUP A
P W D L F A Pts
Kyadondo 6 3 2 1 6 3 11
Mawokota 7 3 1 3 11 8 10
Busiro 6 2 3 1 7 3 9
Butambala 6 2 2 2 5 2 8
Buvuma 7 1 2 4 4 12 5

GROUP B

Buddu 7 4 3 0 9 3 15
Kooki 6 3 1 1 9 6 10
Kabula 7 2 3 3 5 3 9
Ssese 6 1 2 2 4 11 5
Mawogola 6 0 4 2 4 8 3

GROUP C
Gomba 6 5 1 1 11 3 14
Singo 6 3 2 0 13 1 13
Buwekula 6 1 2 3 3 7 5
Busujju 6 0 1 5 3 16 1

GROUP D
Bulemeezi 6 3 2 1 8 3 11
Bugerere 6 2 3 1 6 5 9
Kyaggwe 5 2 1 2 7 5 7
Buruuli 5 0 2 3 1 9 2