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Wakabi is USPA pick for June award

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd July 2007 03:00 AM

RUGBY Cranes player Simon Wakabi has won the utl-USPA award for the month of June. The utl-Kobs player beat the national football team Uganda Cranes, teenager footballer Sadat Sekajja, Cranes striker Geoffrey Massa and track athlete Benjamin Kiplagat who had all made the list for excellent performan

By Swalley Kenyi

S. Wakabi 420pts
Football Cranes 410
S. Sekajja 400
B Kiplagat 375
G. Massa 225


RUGBY Cranes player Simon Wakabi has won the utl-USPA award for the month of June. The utl-Kobs player beat the national football team Uganda Cranes, teenager footballer Sadat Sekajja, Cranes striker Geoffrey Massa and track athlete Benjamin Kiplagat who had all made the list for excellent performance last month.

Having scored a try and penalty during the Rugby Cranes’ win over Namibia in the Confederation of African Rugby at Kyadondo, Wakabi beat the Uganda Cranes by ten votes.

The football Cranes and player Massa had made the list of contenders for Uganda’s 2-1 win over Nigeria in the Nations cup group three qualifier at Namboole on June 2.

But Cranes and Massa’s minimal performance in the same competition in Lesotho two weeks later watered down the achievement, thus relegating them to the second and fifth places at the USPA votes.

Fourteen year old Sekajja was nominated for scoring 14 goals, nine of which were hat-tricks at this year’s Coca Cola U-14 primary schools championship although his school Citizen Parents lost the title to Mackay Memorial.

USPA patron, who is also state sports minister, Charles Bakkabulindi hailed the association for its educational project.

“I’m happy to associate with USPA as a patron because it has changed from being a mere information conduit to an educational avenue,” Bakkabulindi, who was meeting the members for the first time since he assumed the position by virtue of his office, said.

The East African newspaper’s Daniel Kalinaki also took members through reporting skills while Mandela National stadium, Namboole, officials sensitised them on the operations of the stadium and promised to offer USPA a permanent office at the complex.

The national Cricket team, Mackay Memorial primary school, the Rugby Cranes and athlete Justine Bayiga were commended for excellent performances during the month.

Wakabi is USPA pick for June award

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