The crowning event for the eighth edition of the Fortebet Real Stars Sports for the month of February was successfully held on Monday at the Copper Chimney Restaurant, Lugogo in Kampala.
Five sports disciplines were recognised during the ceremony that attracted the National Council of Sports Chairman Dr. Donald Rukare, Jude Colour Solutions assistant promotions manager Bakamaze Shibella, and Uganda Volleyball president Hadija Namanda.
The awarded disciplines included Boxing, Swimming, Rugby, Athletics, and Football that had the coaches and players categories.
The Uganda national boxing team ‘Bombers’ captain Shadir Musa Bwogi was voted the outstanding boxer for the previous month.
He punched his way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics through a box-off card during the Africa Olympic qualifiers that were held in Dakar, Senegal in February.
Bwogi stood out as the only Ugandan that automatically qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo from the 13 boxers that represented Uganda in the qualifiers.
He won three out of the four fights beating Ghana’s Jessie Lartey at the box-off to book a ticket to Japan, beating competition from middleweight fighter David Ssemujju and female boxer Emily Nakalema.
UVF president Namanda’s daughter Kirabo Namutebi triumphed in the swimming category after her impressive performance in the CANA Zone VI championships in Gaborone.
Kirabo collected five medals in the championship, including two gold, two bronze, and one silver medal raising Uganda’s flag higher.
At the championship, Namutebi won two gold medals in 100 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle before picking up two bronze in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Butterfly plus a Silver in the 50 Breaststroke style.
Namutebi saw off stiff competition from fellow swimmers Avice Meya and Alex Kituuka.
Kyetume Football club duo of Coach Jackson Mayanja ‘Mia Mia’ and center forward Robert Ssentongo were respective winners in the football category.
Ssentongo scored a total of seven goals last month, six in the league and one in the Cup, adding two assists and two man of the match performances to his statistics.
The veteran talisman out shook off four competitors in Brian Aheebwa (Mbarara City), David Bagoole (Busoga United), Frank Kalanda (Express) and URA’s Saidi Kyeyune to win the gong.
In Athletics, Uganda’s finest and long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei edged Juliet Chekwel to take home the gong.
Cheptegei broke the 5Km world record in Monaco earlier this year, having crossed the black tape amid cheers in a time of 12 minutes and 51 seconds.
He beat Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto’s previous record of 13min and 18 seconds which was set in January in Valencia, Spain.
Cheptegei beat Juliet Chekwel who won the Zurich Marathon to set the new national record in the women’s Marathon.
Heathen’s Aaron Ofoyroth also starred in the Rugby category walking away with the gong.
Despite being absent for five league games at home, he has been a main pillar in the Rugby Sevens National Team double outings of Viña del Mar in Chile and Montevideo in Uruguay in the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, a primary new qualification format of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Ofoyroth finished the South America tour with 38 points including three tries against Paraguay, one against strong Germans and Brazil.
Uganda managed to finish 7th out of the 16 teams, qualifying for the second and last HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier to be held in Hong Kong this October.
Ofoyrwoth beat competition from teammate Joseph Oyet and Kobs’ Daudi Semwami who were also competing for the same recognition.
Each of the winners in the respective sports disciplines went away with given Shs. 250,000 Prize money that was attached to their plaques courtesy of sponsorship from Fortebet.
The Real Stars Sports Monthly Awards, masterminded by Isaac Mukasa are boosted by Uganda’s leading betting company Fortebet and Jude Colour Solutions under the management of Real Stars Sports Agency.