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The Uganda Cranes were last night voted the 2016 African team of the year during the Glo Confederation of African Football CAF Awards that took place at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.
Dennis Onyango at the Awards.
The Uganda Cranes were last night voted the 2016 African team of the year during the Glo Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards that took place at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Cranes qualification for the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations after 39 years of waiting and being in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers gave the team an edge over Zimbabwe and Senegal that had also been nominated.

Edgar Watson, the Uganda FA Chief Executive Officer received the award on behalf of the Uganda Cranes. Although head coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic failed to make it to the final list of the best coach, first choice goalkeeper made the country proud by scooping the Africa player of the year Award (Africa based).

“I am so happy that the hard work last year has been recognised with an Award,” Onyango told URN online. Onyango who helped Uganda Cranes perform well last year also helped his South African based team, Mamelodi Sundowns, win the League title and the CAF Champions League. 

Onyango had 252 votes, while his teammate at Sundowns and Zimbabwean striker Khama Billiat picked 228 votes and Zambia's Rainford Kalaba, who helped TP Mazembe win the CAF Confederations Cup, finished third with 206 votes. Onyango was also picked as goalkeeper for Africa's finest eleven.

Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to retain his Award for the CAF Africa Player of the year Award (foreign based). Algeria's Riyad Mahrez who helped Leicester City win the English Premier League last season won the award with 361 votes. Aubameyang was second with 313 votes while Senegal's Sadio Mane got 186 votes.

The women's player of the Year Award was won by Asisat Oshola (Nigeria), while Kelechi Iheanacho who has been in good form for Manchester City and Nigeria won the most promising talent award. 

Another Nigerian Alex Iwobi was voted youth player of the year and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane scooped the coach of the year award.

Onyango's team Mamelodi Sundowns was also voted club of the year, Nigeria picked the women's national team of the year and Gambia's Bakary Papa Gassama picked the referee of the year award. The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari also received a platinum Award.

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