• Busiro 2-1 Busujju
Busiro maintained their grip on top of the Bulange group after edging a resilient and youthful Busujju 2-1 in the 2020/2021 Airtel Masaza Cup tournament at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Wednesday.
Hamuza Kalibwami and Usama Arafat strikes ensured Busiro registered their second successive win of the competition past Busujju that finished with ten players on the pitch following a second booking to Michael Ssimbwa.
Busujju looked a better side, dominating proceedings in the opening stanza and could have picked a point in the game but debutant Omirambe Brian’s 21st minute goal was disallowed when center referee Anna Akoi recalled a foul.
Coach Frank Mulindwa’s charges later went into the driving seat thanks to a Shafik Kakande’s well converted kick from the penalty mark after 36 minutes of play.
The penalty had resulted from a foul on youngster Ivan Irinimbabazi by Robert Sentongo inside the area before Anna pointed to the spot and Kakande sent goalkeeper Mutumba Hadadi to the wrong side.
Eight minutes into game restart, Hamuza Kalibwami found Busiro’s equalizer with a close range tap in past goalkeeper Henry Kasule thanks to a Gerrard Ogweti assist.
In the 57th minute, Busiro went into the lead when Usama Arafat nodded home a perfect header on the far post past custodian Kasule ensuring maximum points for the 2019 finalists.
Both Kalibwami and Arafat took their goal tally to three after two games having scored braces each against Buvuma in the Bulange group opening match on Monday.
With eight minutes left on the clock, Busujju were reduced to ten men when center referee Anna sent off Michael Ssimbwa following his second bookable offense. He fouled onrushing Arafat before being showed a yellow card.
Busiro now stretches their lead to six points on top of the table after two games while Busujju in third position ahead of Kyaggwe and Buvuma.
Mutumba Adadi (GK), Edward Mubiru Desty, Razak Mumbere, Brian Kasule, Robert Ssentongo, Badru Kabanda, Arafat Usama, Rogers Adriko, Gerald Ogweti, Malida Kuteesa, Hamza Kalibwami
Substitutes: Juma Kirabira (GK), Ivan Ssemwanga, Lawrence Ssembatya
Coach: Ronald Lukungu
Henry Kasule (GK), Michael Ssimbwa, Benard Alijuna, Samson Kasozi, Raymond Witaikire, Ivan Irinimbabazi, Isaac Kiberu, Ronald Kaye, Shafiq Kakande, Brian Omirambe, Fahim Ssaka
Substitutes: Benon Bukenya, Manfred Ssebuufu, Isa Bugembe, Benard Ndifuna, Stuart Otunnu
Coach: Frank Mulindwa