By James Bakama in Hoima
Buhaguzi 2 Hoima 1
If rain is indeed a sign of good luck, then football in Bunyoro could be destined for a bright future.
The skies opened up as Buhaguzi edged Hoima Municipality 2-1 to win the maiden CNOOC Bunyoro Masaza Cup at the weekend.
There were all signs of better times ahead as both sides displayed good football before a big crowd at Sir Tito Winyi stadium. Goals from Brian Kabondwa and Moses Tumusiime gave the winners not only the trophy, but also a bull.
Hoima had earlier taken the lead through Aggrey Tumusiime in the match graced by His Majesty Omukama Solomon Iguru.
Kabondwa equalised for Buhaguzi from the penalty spot before the break and Moses Tumusiime sent the crowd wild in cheers as he dribbled past two defenders to stab the ball in for the winner just minutes before the final whistle.
“We won because we were the more prepared. Our 4-3-3 system was also the most effective,” said Buhaguzi coach Henry Guma.
The Omukama displayed good football skills by juggling the ball to officially launch the final. Iguru was also full of praises for all the competitors, organisers and sponsors.
“If this spirit continues, the future will definitely be bright.”
CNOOC Uganda, the sh60m sponsor of the event, is a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas. It is one of the major players in Uganda’s oil and gas sector.
The month-long competition that drew 74 teams started from sub county level. It is an annual event. CNOOC corporate social responsibility manager Zakalia Lubega pledged more support .
“We will continue working with you to promote talent,” promised Lubega.