For the fourth successive year, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) will hold awards aimed at recognizing and rewarding individuals that have excelled in football.
The 2018 FUFA Awards were on Wednesday morning officially unveiled in a function held at Sheraton Hotel, in Kampala. The awards sponsored by Airtel Uganda will be held on 7th December at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
While launching the awards, FUFA President Moses Magogo indicated that as the football governing body, they are delighted that the awards have been consistent.
“As FUFA, we are delighted that the awards will be running for the fourth successive year. We have a background of so many awards in Uganda not living for long but we are proud that this has kept on.” He said.
Magogo said that the previous winners have not remained the same and have moved steps in their careers. He mentioned players like Sandra Nabweteme who is currently in the USA and Uganda Cranes forward Miya Farouk who plays for NK Gorica in Croatia. The duo won the maiden awards in 2016.
Remmie Kisakye, the head of Marketing and Brand Airtel indicated that the journey with FUFA has been worthwhile and hopes for the better.
“We are delighted as Airtel that for the period we have been in partnership with FUFA, a lot of success has been achieved. We were part of the Cranes journey in returning to Africa Cup of Nations and currently the Airtel FUFA awards have become an avenue for appreciating talent.” She said.
Airtel made a financial contribution of one hundred million shillings to this year’s awards. National Insurance Cooperation (NIC) another partner of FUFA also committed ten million shillings towards the awards.
Male and Female Nominees
During the same function, nominees both in the male and female footballer of the year category were revealed.
In the female category, Ruth Aturo(UCU Lady Cardinals), Tracy Akiror(Kawempe Muslim) and Shadia Nankya(Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga) were nominated.
On the other hand, Allan Okello(KCCA FC), Moses Ndondhi Waiswa(Vipers SC) and Viane Ssekajugo(Onduparaka FC) made the final short list in the men’s category.
The new category that has been included is the MVP of the FUFA Big League that will be named during the day of the awards gala.
It should also be noted that this year, the Uganda Premier League and FUFA Awards have been amalgamated to form one unlike in the past two years.
The other categories include;
-Coach of the year
-FUFA Presidential Award
-Best XI (Strictly from UPL)
-Beach Soccer Player of the year
-FUFA Most Promising Talent (Player from the UPL under the age of 23)
– Upcoming Referee (From FUFA Juniors League)
– Referee of the year
-Fan of the year
– Fans favorite Ugandan Player
– Fans Favorite Uganda Player of the year (Foreign based)
– Beach Soccer Player of the year
-FUFA Fair Play Award (Team with least bookings)
-FUFA Individual Fair play award
Muzamir Mutyba and Fazilah Ikwaput won in the male and female category respectively last year.
Shadia Nankya(Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga)- Defender
A senior six student at Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga and Captain of the team.
– Played an integral part as Uganda finished second at the 2018 Women CECAFA Championship in Rwanda.
– She scored her first goal for the national team in the 4-1 loss to Tanzania.
– Helped Uganda scoop bronze at the 2018 Women COSAFA Championship in South Africa.
– Was named player of the match in Uganda’s 2-1 win against Zimbabwe
– She has so far scored three goals in as many games for Uganda Martyrs in the 2018/19 FUFA Women Elite League and currently the joint top scorer. (Scored a brace against Bugiri Town View and another goal against Lango Queens)
A student at Uganda Christian University and a goalkeeper with UCU Lady Cardinals.
– Helped UCU Lady Cardinals to lift their first major title by winning the FUFA Women’s Cup.
– She was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
– She also helped UCU Lady Cardinals to win the Independence Cup where again she was named the best goalkeeper.
– Aturo was part of the Crested Cranes team that won silver at the 2018 Women’s CECAFA Championship.
– Individually, she scooped the best goalkeeper of the tournament award.
– She was also named best goalkeeper at the 2018 COSAFA tournament where Uganda finished third.
Tracy Jones Akiror
A student at Kampala University and a midfielder with Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC.
– She was instrumental as Kawempe Muslim successfully defended the FUFA Women Elite League title for the fourth year in a row.
– Akiror scored a late equaliser against Kampala Queens in the playoffs to force a penalty shoot out which Kawempe Muslim won and advanced to the final.
– In the final, she scored the lone goal against Olila High School for Kawempe to lift the league title.
– Akiror was named captain of the Crested Cranes ahead of the 2018 Women’s CECAFA championship and helped the team win silver.
– She also captained the team to third place at the 2018 COSAFA championship scoring the only goal as Uganda edged Zambia in the third place playoff.
– This season, she already has one goal for Kawempe Muslim in the league and the team is currently top of the table in Victoria group on 7 points.
Allan Okello(KCCA FC)
– Helped KCCA FC finish second in the league scoring five goals
– He guided KCCA FC to 2018 Uganda Cup glory scoring three goals in the campaign.
– Allan Okello was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 Uganda Cup
– Helped KCCA FC win the inaugural Super 8 trophy scoring a goal in the 2-0 win in the final against Onduparaka FC.
– Okello helped KCCA FC to successfully defend the FUFA Super Cup.
– Was part of the Uganda U20 team that played in the U20 AFCON qualifiers.
– This season, Okello has already scored two goals in the league.
– He earned his maiden call on the national team as the Cranes prepared for the double header against Lesotho in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
– He is part of the Uganda Kobs team that is preparing for the U23 AFCON qualifiers.
Moses Waiswa(Vipers SC)
– He was influential as Vipers SC won the 2017/18 Uganda Premier League scoring four goals in the run.
– He helped Vipers SC reach the final of the 2018 Stanbic Uganda Cup
– Moses Waiswa played his first competitive senior national team for the Cranes in the goalless draw against Tanzania and has since then become a main stay on the national team.
– He has so far scored two goals in the league this season helping Vipers SC to take an early lead.
Viane Ssekajugo(Onduparaka FC)
– He has been a key figure for Onduparaka since joining them last year. He scored seven league goals last season and ended as the club top scorer helping the team finish fourth.
– He helped the team to reach the final of the Super 8 but Onduparaka FC lost to KCCA FC. He was however named the Most Valuable Player.
– Ssekajugo was key as Buganda Province won the inaugural FUFA DRUM tournament. He scored five goals including two in the final against West Nile to guide Buganda to victory.
He was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
– Ssekajugo has started the new season on high scoring three goals in the league so far and his performance has attracted the attention of Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre who summoned him as the Cranes prepare for the game against Cape Verde.