Bunyangabu and Kibale Share the Spoils in Thrilling Opener in Tooro Kingdom MTN Amasaza Cup 2024 Match Day 3.

In a gripping encounter at the Kibiito P/S playground, Bunyangabu and Kibale County FCs
battled to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the Tooro Kingdom MTN Amasaza Cup 3rd
Edition. The match, part of the ongoing 2024 tournament, saw an impressive turnout of fans and
officials, including the Minister for Gender and Culture, Peace Regis Mutuuzo, and other Tooro
Kingdom dignitaries.
The game kicked off with high energy, as both teams were eager to make a strong start. Ivan
Ahereza from Kibale County drew first blood in the 31st minute with a precise header from a
corner kick, putting the visitors in the lead and sending their supporters into jubilation.
Bunyangabu County, however, remained resilient and continued to push forward. Their
perseverance paid off in the 90th minute when Ivan Kisembo equalized with a penalty kick,
securing a point for the hosts in dramatic fashion.
Kibale coach Brian Walusimbi expressed his concerns over the officiating, particularly the timing
of the penalty awarded to Bunyangabu. "There were several irregularities that favored the host
team. The timing of the penalty was questionable, but we remain optimistic about our chances
in the next match," Walusimbi commented.
Minister Peace Regis Mutuuzo, who is also the Bunyangabu district woman Member of
Parliament, showed her support with a generous donation of 500,000 Shs to the match.
Additionally, she pledged 100,000 Shs for each goal scored by Bunyangabu, further
incentivizing the team's performance. "MTN has supported the kingdom in various sectors, and
we appreciate their commitment. We have achieved a lot through them," said Mutuuzo.
Aggrey Byaruhanga, the MTN representative, emphasized the critical role of HIV awareness
and prevention in the region. "We thank the attendees for their support and promise continued
backing from MTN. This tournament is not just about sports; it’s about community and health,"
Byaruhanga noted.
Owek. Micheal Wandera, the Sports Minister of Tooro Kingdom, praised the partnership with
MTN Uganda, highlighting the significant financial support from political leaders in Bunyangabu.
"The Amasaza tournament has been a dream realized through our partnership with MTN
Uganda. The event has been largely peaceful and entertaining, with the public coming out in
large numbers to support their teams," Wandera stated.
The opening match set a thrilling tone for the tournament, promising more excitement and
community engagement in the coming weeks. As the tournament progresses, fans and
participants alike are eager to see how the competition unfolds and who will emerge victorious
in this celebration of sport and culture.

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