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Five vie for FUFA player of the year award

By Shafik Ssenoga

Added 19th November 2019 03:06 PM

In the male category, the final five nominees include; Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Shafic Kagimu(URA FC), Allan Kayiwa(Vipers SC) and Musitafa Kizza (KCCA FC)

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Allan Okello (right) celebrates after scoring a goal in a recent game. PHOTOS: Richard Sanya

In the male category, the final five nominees include; Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Shafic Kagimu(URA FC), Allan Kayiwa(Vipers SC) and Musitafa Kizza (KCCA FC)

The contenders for the Airtel FUFA male and female player of the year has been reduced to just five nominees in each category by a voting process that involved coaches and captains in the Uganda Premier League and 16 coaches for teams in the FUFA Women Super League and the FUFA Women Elite League.
 
In the male category, the final five nominees include; Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Shafic Kagimu(URA FC), Allan Kayiwa(Vipers SC) and Musitafa Kizza (KCCA FC)
 
Anukani guided Proline FC to a double (The StarTimes FUFA Big League and the Stanbic Uganda Cup). He was named the MVP in the StarTimes FUFA Big League last season.
 
KCCA FC duo of Kizza and Okello won the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, the FUFA Super Cup, and the CECAFA Kagame Cup and were part of the Cranes team that qualified for 2020 Championship of African Nations (CHAN).
 
Kagimu and Kayiwa had a good run in the league at URA FC and Tooro United FC respectively and the two were part of the Cranes team that qualified for CHAN.
 
The top five nominees in the female category include Shadia Nankya, Hasifah Nassuna, Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia Najjemba and Daizy Nakaziro who are also part of the Crested Cranes that will compete at the 2019 CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup in Tanzania.
 
Nalukenge captained Uganda U17 Girls’ national team to winning the COSAFA Championship and she emerged top scorer with 18 goals. She helped Kawempe Muslim to win both the national and East Africa Secondary Schools championship.
 
Najjemba, a student at Mukono High School who moved from Isra Soccer Academy to Kampala Queens recently was part of the Uganda U17 Girls’ national team that won the COSAFA Championship scoring 12 goals.
 
She was joint to scorer in the FUFA Women Elite League (regular season) scoring 14 goals. Najjemba helped Mukono High School to win the Independence Cup, she finished as a top scorer both in the National Schools Championship and East Africa Secondary Schools Championship scoring 14 and 10 goals respectively.
 
Nassuna who won the Airtel FUFA Female player of the year accolade in 2016 guided UCU Lady Cardinals to winning the FUFA Women Elite League last season ending the season as the top scorer with 16 goals and was also named the most valuable player.
 
Defender Nankya scored 11 goals in the league and was the top scorer in the FUFA Women’s Cup with seven goals while Lady Doves goalkeeper Daizy Nakaziro was named the best goalkeeper both in the FUFA Women Elite League and the FUFA Women’s Cup.
 
The coaches’ and captains’ votes contribute 50% and 25% respectively in determining the winner while the fans have a contribution of 25%.
 
The glorious awards will take place on December 14 at Speke Resort Munyonyo with male and female players each driving away with a car.
 
The awards are aimed at honoring excellence for Ugandan footballers annually in a bid to raise the level of competition among players.
 
Other awards such as coach of the year, FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year, Upcoming Talent Award, FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year, FUFA Fans’ Favorite Uganda foreign-based Player among others will also be rewarded.
 
 

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