The local soccer governing body-FUFA together with the sponsors Airtel Uganda launched the 6th edition of the awards that are intended to recognize the outstanding football personalities of the year 2021.
Five players have been nominated to compete for FUFA Airtel
2021 Best male Football player of the year Award.
The nominees were revealed today during a function held at the Stonehaven Malcolm X
The local soccer governing body-FUFA together with the
sponsors Airtel Uganda launched the 6th edition of the awards that are intended to recognize the outstanding football
personalities of the year 2021.
The Awards ceremony will take place on December 4, 2021 at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The five nominees for the best male player award include; Yunus
Sentamu who was the top scorer in the Uganda Premier League with 16 goals last
season, Erick Kambale who guided Express to their first silverware in almost a decade and also scored 15 goals in the league.
The others include two players that were part of the U-20
players that played up to the final of the U-20 African Cup of Nations, these
include Bobosi Byaruhanga and Aziizi Kayondo. URA FC skipper Shafik Kagimu who led URA to
finish second in the league is also among those nominated.
According to FUFA, the players nominated were voted by the head Coaches and captains of the clubs playing in the Star Times Uganda
FUFA also nominated five female players for the FUFA
Female Player of the Year 2021. The players nominated for the award includes who won the FUFA Women's Super League title with Lady Doves Daisy
Nakaziro and Fazila Ikwaput. The other include; Margret Kunihira from Kawempe
Muslim Ladies FC, Joan Naggayi from She Maroons FC and also Fauzia Najjemba
from Kampala Queens FC who is the captain for the U-20 Women team.
In total, 13 categories will be considered during the
Airtel FUFA Awards 2021 ceremony. Other
categories listed include Coach of the Year, Women Football Coach of the Year,
Beach Soccer Player of the Year, Airtel-FUFA Best Eleven for Men, FUFA Best eleven
team for women, Futsal Player of the Year among other categories.
The last edition of the Awards in 2020 were not held
because of the challenges brought about by COVID-19. Former KCCA FC player Alan Okello won the 2019 Award and Crsted Cranes Juliet Nalukenge for the best female
player of the year.
Edgar Watson, FUFA Chief Executive Officer thanked the sponsor for making sure the Awards take place. He pointed out that the Awards are
a big motivator for the players to work hard when they are on pitch both at club
level but also when they are summoned at the national team.
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FUFA First Vice President Justus Mugisha thanked Airtel
for embracing the idea of rewarding football personalities, adding that this will
help local football develop.
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Manoj Murali, Airtel Uganda Managing Director thanked
FUFA for the efforts of grooming young talents and exposing them by creating several
opportunities that enriches them with experience in the sport.
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Airtel Uganda is the leading sponsor of the Awards with a a package of 100 million ugx. The other sponsors include Eco bank, NIC Holdings, Nivana, Pepsi among
others. The best male and female player will each walk away with a brand new car.