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FUFA Awards: Who Will Be Crowned The 2017 Most Valuable Player?

For the third year running, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) will recognize, reward and crown the finest footballers that have put up wonderful performances in 2017.

Like it has been the case in the previous two editions, the winners in both the male and female MVP category will drive away in brand new cars on Friday in awards event that will take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

A look at the performance of the nominees

Male MVP category

MUZAMIR MUTYABA (KCCA FC)

Mutyaba was influential as Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) defended the league title scoring six goals and assisting on eight occasions.

He was nominated in the category of the Uganda Premier League midfielder of the 2016/17 season.

The central midfielder also played a key role as KCCA FC went ahead to win the Uganda Cup and in the end winning the first ever domestic double in the club’s history.

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Mutyaba also helped KCCA FC reach the group stages of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup the first Ugandan club to attain the feat since change of format in 2004.

On the national team, Mutyaba scored twice against Rwanda at St.Mary’s stadium, Kitende to help Uganda qualify for the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN).

TADEO LWANGA (Vipers SC)

Currently at Vipers Sports Club, Tadeo Lwanga played an intergral part at Sports Club Villa last season.

The holding mid fielder was named captain of the team at the start of the 2016/17 season.

He scored two goals as SC Villa finished second in the league.

His consistent performance has earned him a call on the national team on several occasions this year.

GEOFFREY SSERUNKUMA (Buildcon, Zambia)

He scored a total of 33 goals in all competitions last season at KCCA FC before joining Zambian outfit Buildcon FC.

He was top scorer in the Uganda Premier League with 21 goals helping KCCA FC to win the championship.

Sserunkuma was eventually named the Most Valuable Player of the season and awarded with a car.

The lethal striker scored six goals in the Uganda Cup including one in the final against Paidha Black Angels.

He also scored a total of five goals on the continent for KCCA FC with four coming in the CAF Champions League, while the other in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The veteran forward scored the lone goal as KCCA FC piped Vipers SC to win the 2016 Super Cup.

On the national team, he was part of the historical Cranes team that played at the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon after 39 years of waiting.

Sserunkuma scored as Uganda edged Cape Verde 1-0 away in Praia to begin the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on a bright note.

Female MVP nominees

HASIFAH NASSUNA (UCU Lady Cardinals)

Currently playing at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals, Nassuna has been a key figure in Kawempe Muslim FC success in the Fufa Women Elite League.

Before joining UCU Lady Cardinals, she captained Kawempe Muslim to their third successive league title ending the 2016/17 campaign unbeaten.

Nassuna was 2016/17 Fufa Women Elite league top scorer with 26 goals a record for goals scored in a single season.

She scored 5 goals in a game on two occasions (against Western United)  and also scored 4 on three occassios all in the league.

The crafty forward helped Kawempe Muslim reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural Fufa Women cup this year.

She also scored three goals as Kawempe Muslim finished runners up in the East Africa Secondary School games this year in Gulu.

FAZILAH IKWAPUT ( Olila Women FC)

Known for pace, dribbling, adeptness at scoring, Fazilah Ikwaput was instrumental as Olila Women Football Club won the inaugural Fufa Women’s Cup defeating Gafford Ladies in the final played at Madibira ground, Busia District.

She finished the top scorer of the tournament with five goals including a hat trick against Alleluyah WFC at the preliminary round.

Ikwaput also guided Olila to reaching the playoffs of the 2016/17 Fufa Women elite league for the first time scoring five goals and was also named the Most Valuable player.

Currently, she is the top scorer in the 2017/18 Fufa Women elite league with six goals in five games.

EDITH VANESSA KARUNGI (Olila Women FC)

A goalkeeper whose rise to prominence has been down to her penalty saving abilities. Vanessa Karungi has played a key role this year both for club and school.

A senior six student at Mukono High School, Karungi helped her school to win this year’s national championship in Kabaale District.

This was the first time Mukono High School was winning the championship dethroning Kawempe Muslim who had won it for the last eight years.

Enroute to winning the championship, Karungi saved three penalties both in the semifinals and final against Gaddafi Integrated Academy and Kawempe Muslim respectively.

She eventually ended the tournament as the best goalkeeper without conceding a goal in nine games.

The shotstopper also helped Mukono High School win bronze at the East Africa Secondary School games keeping three clean sheets at the tournament and also saving penalties in the third place playoff against Tanzania’s Alliance High School.

In addition, Karungi helped her school to win the 2017 Buganda Cup ending the tournament without conceding. She also won the Maama Becca Memorial tournament (school’s category).

At Olila Women Football Club, Karungi helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time. The team eventually finished fourth.

In the Fufa Women Cup, Karungi proved her ability at saving penalties once again coming to Olila’s rescue both in the semifinals and the final.

In the semis, she came off the bench to save three penalties as Olila edged past UCU Lady Cardinals.

Karungi also saved three penalties in the finals as Olila Women FC defeated Gafford Ladies to win the inaugural knockout tournament.

The 2017 Most Valuable Player will driver away in a brand new car, get a cash prize of one million shillings while the runners up will each earn five hundred thousand shillings plus several other hampers.

The other categories include

Beach soccer player of the year

Ben Ocen(MUBS/YMCA)

Paul Lule ( Muteesa I Royal University)

Nasser Lwamunda (Muteesa I Royal University)

FUFA Referee of the year

Alex Muhabi

Mark Ssonko

Brian Miiro Nsubuga

FUFA Coach of the year

Asaph Mwebaze (Maroons FC)

Hussein Kheri (Paidha Black Angels FC)

Mike Mutebi (KCCA FC)

FUFA Upcoming talent (Playing in the FUFA Juniors League)

Ivan Asaba (KCCA Soccer Academy Vipers Junior Team)

Salim Abdallah (Sport Club Villa Jogoo Junior team)

Sadat Anaku (KCCA Soccer Academy)

FUFA upcoming referee (Who officiate in the

FUFA Juniors League)

Abdul Mukasa

Jackie Nassozi

Haruna Mayanja

Kennedy Kasadha

FUFA Best XI (From Uganda Premier League and other leagues)

FUFA Presidential Award (Chosen by FUFA President)

FUFA Fair play award (Team with least bookings in Azam Uganda Premier League)

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