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2016 UMEA Games: Girls’ football breaks the ice, Masaka wins double

UMEA Games 2016 (Football):

Finals (Boys): Masaka S.S 1-0 Welden School, Mbarara

Finals (Girls): Masaka S.S 1-0 Kakungulu Memorial School

MVP’s: Joseph Malish (Welden) & Jacky Nassali (Kakungulu Memorial)

Top Scorers: Joseph Jjanjali – 10 goals (Masaka S.S) & Juliet Nalukenge – 4 goals (Kawempe Muslim)

Hosts, Masaka secondary school won two football titles as the 2016 Uganda Muslim Solidarity Association (UMEA) games ended on Easter Sunday at Masaka recreational stadium.

Masaka S.S retained the boys’ title and won the inaugural edition of girls’ football.

In the boy’s final, Masaka defeated Welden School from Mbarara with winger Abdulnoor Lukwata scoring five minutes to the game death.

Action in the Boys’ final between Welden School, Mbarara (red) and Masaka S.S (White with green stripes) at a fully packed Masaka Recreational stadium

For the first time, girls’ football was played at the UMEA games.

Masaka S.S edged Kakungulu Memorial school 1-0 with midfielder, Catherine Nakiridde scoring a wonder goal with the left foot from over 45 yards.

‘It is good that we have started girls’ football. The UMEA games are an avenue of spotting talent from the grassroots’ Chairman of the local organizing committee, Hajji Twahil Kitezeela noted.


Best Performers:

Goalkeeper, Joseph Malish (Welden) & Jacky Nassali (Kakungulu Memorial) were the most valuable players in the male and female genders respectively.

Chief Guest, Vincent Ssempijja hands over a football to tournament top scorer, Joseph Jjanjali of Masaka S.S who finished with 10 goals

Masaka’s Joseph Jjanjali , who was recently summoned to the U-20 team finished with 10 goals to take the top scorers’ accolade.

Girl’s football MVP, Jackline Nassali recieves her prizes from Hon. Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of State for Agriculture, also M.P for Kalungu East

Juliet Nalukenge of Kawempe Muslim finished with 10 goals to take the top scorers’ gong.

Kibuli S.S were the overall champions, defending their title won at the 2015 games hosted by Kasawo S.S.

Masaka S.S finished second with two gold medals whilst Kakungulu Memorial was the third best.

The chief Guest was Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, state minister of agriculture who is also the MP Elect for Kalungu West.

Ssempijja was the long serving chairman of Masaka Local Council Football club.

He handed over the prizes to the different winners.

Ssempijja used the plat form to appreciate the organizers of this tournament and assured Government will assist in the development of sports at grassroot levels.

A record 1500 students participated in the four day’s event.

FUFA donated 10 playing footballs, NIC provided the medical insurance cover and Pepsi quenched the thirst of all the participants as well as providing tents and plastic chairs used.

FUFA also provided the match referees for all the boys and girls’ football matched.

Football (Boys):

Quarter finals:

Bulo Parents 0-3 Masaka S.S

Kibuli Juventus 1 (4) – 1 (5) Welden High, Mbarara

Bwikya 0 (4) – 0 (5) Wagwa High

Kibuli Flamingo 0-5 Kakungulu Memorial


Welden High 0 (3) – 0 (1) Kakungulu Memorial

Wagwa High 0-2 Masaka S.S

Finals: Masaka S.S 1-0 Welden School, Mbarara

Girls Football (Semi-finals):

Kawempe Muslim 0-1 Kakungulu Memorial

Masaka S.S 2-0 Gadafi Intergrated

Final: Masaka S.S 1-0 Kakungulu Memorial


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