Former Vipers SC Manager Miguel Da Costa has been nominated in the coach of the year in the 2018 FUFA Awards.
Da Costa who guided Vipers to the league title last season is one of the five nominees of the list that was released by FUFA on Wednesday.
The Portuguese tactician was sacked by the Venoms under unclear circumstances and he is currently coaching at Jwaneng Galaxy in Botswana.
He will contend for the accolade against KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi who won the Uganda Cup and helped KCCA FC reach the group stages of CAF Champions League, Alex Isabirye of Kyetume but helped Buganda province to win the inaugural FUFA DRUM tournament.
The other nominees include Ayub Khalifa of Kawempe Muslim and Raymond Timothy Komakech of Ndejje University.
In the other categories revealed on Wednesday include FUFA Upcoming player that caters for players featuring in the Uganda Premier League.
The nominees include Musitafa Kiiza of KCCA FC, Geoffrey Wasswa of Vipers SC and Fred Amaku of Kirinya Jinja SS.
Full List of Nominees and Categories:
FUFA Male Player of the year:
Allan Okello – KCCA FC
Vianne Ssekajugo – Onduparaka FC
Moses Waiswa – Vipers SC
FUFA Female Player of the year:
Shadia Nankya – Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga
Ruth Aturo- UCU Lady Cardinals (Code 60)
Tracy Jones Akiror – Kawempe Muslim (Code 70)
FUFA Upcoming Talent (FUFA Juniors League)
Sadat Anaku – KCCA Soccer Academy
Thomas Kakaire- Bright Stars Junior Team
Idd AbduWahid – Onduparaka FC Junior team
FUFA Most Promising Player (From StarTIMES Uganda League and under the age of 23)
Musitafa Kiiza – KCCA FC
Geoffrey Wasswa- Vipers SC
Fred Amaku – Kirinya Jinja SS
FUFA Coach of the year
Mike Mutebi – KCCA FC
Ayub Khalifa – Kawempe Muslim
Miguel Da Costa – Formerly at Vipers SC
Alex Isabirye – Kyetme FC
Raymond Timothy Komakech – Ndejje University FC
FUFA Best XI
Composed of players from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League
FUFA Presidential Award
Recipient of this award is selected by FUFA President.
FUFA Fair Play Award
The Award will go to the team with the least number of yellow and red cards last season in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
FUFA Individual Fair Play Award
The award will go to an individual who exhibited high levels of sportsmanship spirit that promoted fair play.
FUFA Referee of the year
Brian Miiro Nsubuga
FUFA Upcoming Referee of the year (From FUFA Juniors League)
FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the year
Meddie Kibirige – Isabet
Isaac Eshioke – KIU
Suleiman Ochero- St. Lawrence University
Fans’ Favorite Ugandan Player of the year
This award will be determined by fans. It is limited to Ugandans irrespective of where they are playing their club football.
Fans Favorite Ugandan Player (Foreign Based)
This award will also be determined by the fans. This is limited to Ugandan players plying their trade outside Uganda.
Fan of the year
This award will be determined by Uganda Premier League Secretariat
FUFA Big League Most Valuable Player