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UMEA Games 2016: Strong start for Masaka S.S, Kawempe Muslim | Football

Uganda Muslim Schools’ Solidarity Games 2016:

Opening Matches:

Girls Football 

Kawempe Muslim S.S 2-1 Kakungulu Memorial S.S

Masaka S.S 1-0 Kibuli S.S

Kawempe Muslim 1-0 Kibuli S.S

Boys’ Football:

Masaka S.S 3-1 Wagwa High School, Lukaya

Kibuli Juventus 3-1 Mbogo Mixed

Kasawo S.S 1-1 Welden High School, Mbarara

Bulo Parents 1-0 Kawempe Muslim S.S

The 2016 Uganda Muslim Schools’ solidarity games successfully kicked off at Masaka secondary school on Good Friday.

The official opening ceremony was held at Masaka Recreational stadium where a record over 2000 participating students gathered to grace the start of the five day tournament whose main aims among others is to foster unity, offer a talent identification ground for raw talent and promote Muslim solidarity among the islamic founded schools in Uganda.

Chief guest at the opening ceremony, Al Hajji Dr. Twaha Kawaase Kigongo, the second Deputy Katikiro of the Buganda Kingdom hailed the organizers of the this tournament with a call to parents to encourage their sons and daughters take upon sports.

‘Sports is key for healthy living, socializing and improvement of welfare. I urge parents to encourage their children play football and other sporting disciplines’ Kawaase called.

Host Head teacher, Hajji Musa Mpungu of Masaka S.S lauded the 88 participating schools for the great response and wished all the participants a fruitful deliberation.

Al Hajji Dr. Twaha Kawaase Kigongo, the second Deputy Katikiro of the Buganda Kingdom greets members of the UMEA 2016 local organizing committee

In the official opening football match played at Masaka Recreational stadium, Masaka S.S won the day 3-1 over Wagwa High School from Lukaya.

Isaac Ogwang tapped home right back Geziga Atendele’s cross inside the opening 30 seconds of the thriller.

Atendele then scored through a penalty when Michael Miiro handled the ball in the forbidden area.

Second half substitute, Badru Kyazze gave Wagwa High a lifeline with a 70th minute goal with a wonder finish off Nicholas Midu’s assist.

Another substitute, Abdulnoor Lukwata buried the game in Masaka’s favour with a solo effort finishing calmly past Wagwa’s goalie Deogratius Nabangi with 13 minutes left on the clock.

Wagwa’s Nicolas Onega (left) tackles Masaka’s midfielder, Kippa Luwalo. Luwalo was voted MVP at the 2015 Copa Coca Cola national schools’ games in Hoima when he was still a student at St Joseph College, Layibi

The other boys’ results had Kibuli Juventus win 3-1 over Mbogo Mixed and Kasawo S.S drawing with Mbarara’s Welden High School.

Women football is a new ‘delicious meal’ on the 2016 UMEA Games menu.

Reigning FUFA Women Elite league champions, Kawempe Muslim stamped early authority with a hard fought 2-1 result at the hands of Kakungulu Memorial.

Hasifa Nassuna and Amina Nababi scored for Kawempe Muslim.

The other  girls’ football fixture swung in favour of Masaka S.S. The host school defeated Kibuli 1-0.

Besides boys’ and girls football there a couple of other games (handball, netball and volleyball) being played.

Masaka S.S is the defending champion in football event but Kibuli S.S took the overall title at the games last held at Kasawo S.S in 2015.

Masaka S.S students entertain the guests during the official opening ceremony at Masaka Recreational stadium

The 2016 UMEA Games climax on Easter Monday.

This year’s edition of the UMEA Games has been supported by National Insurance Corporation (NIC), Crown Beverages Limited (under Pepsi Brand) and FUFA, who donated 10 footballs.

Welden High School’s Badru Kyazze dribbles past Masaka S.S’ Kippa Luwalo during the official opening match of the 2016 UMEA Games at Masaka Recreational Stadium on Good Friday

MAIN PHOTO: Wagwa High’s Moses Bwete (with the ball) is attacked by Masaka S.S’ Frank ‘Walcot’ Iga. Iga replaced a limping Ibrahim Magandaazi in the first half. Iga played for Bulo Parents S.S at last year’s UMEA Games hosted by Kasawo before Masaka S.S recruited him.

PHOTO CREDITS: FUFA Communications Department 

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