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Butembe and Busiki Secure Thrilling Wins to Reach MTN Busoga Masaza Cup Finals

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The semi-final stage of the MTN Busoga Masaza Cup unfolded with Butembe and Busiki
securing hard-fought victories, propelling them into the much-coveted final. The stage is now set for a thrilling championship clash on December 30 at Kakindu Stadium, promising football
enthusiasts an enthralling culmination to this prestigious tournament.
Semi-Final Drama Unfolds
Butembe 1(4)-1(1) Kigulu
The clash between Butembe and two-time champions Kigulu unfolded in dramatic fashion at
Bugembe Stadium. Despite a soggy playing surface and a late 4:45 pm kick-off, Butembe
emerged as 4-1 victors after a penalty shootout.
Right back Mikel Abasa set the tone for Butembe with a splendid direct corner, netting his third
goal of the campaign in the 25th minute. Kigulu responded when Butembe’s keeper, Peter
Kadama, bundled in Amos Tatambula’s cross ten minutes into the second half.
A series of remarkable saves by Kadama in the 65th minute ensured the game would be settled
in a shootout. Butembe’s coach, Afan Ikoba, reflected on their strategy, stating, “We knew we
were against a very worthy finalist with very good players, and we had to settle for an early goal strategy that was vital.”

Butembe FC’s Isa Balaba (Right) being attacked by his opponents from Kigulu FC (in blue jerseys) as they were playing a semi final game during the MTN Busoga Masaza Cup tournament 2023 at Kyabazinga Stadium Bugembe in Jinja City.

Despite Kigulu’s valiant efforts, they fell short in the shootout, with only Sula Kisubi finding the
net. Butembe’s Maurice Isabirye, Simon Mutinda, and Tonny Tulituka secured the victory,
propelling Butembe into the finals. Kigulu’s head coach, Siraj Bogere, conceded defeat,
acknowledging, “It was their day.”
Busiki 0(4)-0(3) Bugabula
In another enthralling encounter, Busiki secured their place in the finals with a 4-3 shootout win
over Bugabula following a goalless draw at Gaddafi Arena. Despite the absence of goals in
regular time, the intensity was palpable as both teams battled for a spot in the championship
match.
The shootout drama unfolded, and Busiki emerged victorious, earning the right to compete in
their first-ever final. The disappointment was palpable for Bugabula, who will now face Kigulu in
the third-place playoff.
Final Showdown Beckons
With the semi-final dust settled, the stage is set for a thrilling final between Butembe and Busiki
at Kakindu Stadium on December 30. Both teams demonstrated resilience and skill in their
respective shootout victories, leaving fans eager to witness who will emerge as the MTN
Busoga Masaza Cup champion.

The final promises high stakes, with a trophy and prize money of Shs 12m for the winner and
Shs 8m for the runners-up. Football enthusiasts can expect an intense battle as Butembe and
Busiki vie for glory in the culmination of this year’s prestigious tournament.

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Presidential system to be adopted by Osun.

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The Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC, Hashim Abioye has once again reiterated that the presidential system of government will be adopted for the local government election in the state.

The Osun State House of Assembly in 2022 passed the OSSIEC Law, 2022 which readopted the presidential system.

The OSSIEC chairman also stated that the basis for the adoption of the system was premised on the Electoral Act, 2022 which was passed by the National Assembly.

In his words, “OSSIEC Law, 2022 stipulated the presidential system for the local government poll in Osun State.

“That is what we will adopt for the local government election in Osun in 2025. The Electoral Act, 2022 will be complied with in totality. OSSIEC will not go against it.”

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Benon and Vamposs share rehearsal teaser videos

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The much-awaited fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions is about to drop, and oh boy, it’s going to be a musical rollercoaster like no other!

The teaser videos that have been circulated on social media have left fans tapping their feet in anticipation as the dynamic duo, Benon and Vamposs, gear up to deliver a heart-warming episode.

The teaser gives us a sneak peek into the rehearsals where Benon, with his signature smile, promises fans, “just be ready for surprises, and I think people should expect a premium Benon & Vamposs.”

These two maestros have been instrumental in shaping the Ugandan music scene, and now they’re back to spill the beans on their journey, success, and maybe a bit of their infamous banter.

“The creative process has been hectic; we still have the chemistry, and I think it’s something that comes from performing together for a long time and the many years we have crafted our art…,” reveals Benon in the teaser.

But it’s not all serious. Vamposs can be heard poking fun at Benon’s love life, adding a dash of humour to the mix. “I don’t see where you even got this love that you are writing about except lying to this crowd,” he jokes.

On a more sombre note, Vamposs shares, “We have a lot of different stories. We are working with the band to see how mellow we can get. It’s not going to be all that rough,” hinting at a different stage presence which will be more intimate in comparison to their usual vibrant performances.

Music lovers should save the date; Sunday, March 3. The fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions featuring Benon & Vamposs will be live on the Tusker Malt and Swangz Avenue YouTube channel at 6 pm. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness the magic, the music, and the memories.

You can also catch up on previous episodes featuring the likes of Kenneth Mugabi, Lilian Mbabazi, The Mith, and Juliana both YouTube pages.

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Ronald Mayinja reveals the inspiration behind his classic song “Necklace”

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Renowned Ugandan singer Ronald Mayinja has shared the story behind his popular song “Necklace.” Born in 1976 in Benja-Gomba, Ronald Mayinja has produced numerous hit songs throughout his career.

Necklace, in particular, has remained one of the favourites among fans, especially those in love. At a press conference for his upcoming concert Old is Gold Mayinja at 49, the singer disclosed that the inspiration for the song came from his girlfriend Julie.

Julie, who attended boarding school while Mayinja was in day school, sparked his fears of losing her to someone else. He penned down “Necklace” as a request for her to entrust her necklace to him to cherish in her absence.

However, after receiving advice from Mariam Ndagire, Mayinja decided to make the song more relatable by expanding its meaning beyond his personal experience.

He hence created a song that resonated with anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship or felt the ache of missing someone they love.

He crafted lyrics that painted a vivid picture of two souls yearning for each other’s presence, using the metaphor of a necklace to symbolize the connection they shared.

Over the years, “Necklace” has remained a timeless classic in Ugandan music. Its universal theme and emotional resonance have allowed it to transcend time and continue to touch the hearts of listeners, regardless of age or background.

Mayinja’s decision to expand the song’s scope and make it relatable to a wider audience proved to be a stroke of genius, cementing his status as a celebrated veteran musician in Uganda.

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