The 2019 FUFA Awards are edging closer by the day.
Less than a week to the much-anticipated ceremony, the Federation of Ugandan Football (FUFA) has announced the final three nominees for both the Male and Female player of the year.
The final list was published on FUFA’s official website.
Headlining the Male category is Allan Okello who is tipped to walk away with the gong.
He won the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, the FUFA Super Cup and the CECAFA Kagame Cup and was part of the Cranes team that qualified for the 2020 Championship of African Nations (CHAN).
Okello is joined on the list by KCCA FC teammate Mustafa Kizza and Proline FC playmaker Bright Anukani.
Kizza also won the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, the FUFA Super Cup and the CECAFA Kagame Cup and was part of the Cranes team that qualified for the 2020 Championship of African Nations (CHAN).
For Anukani, he guided Proline FC to winning 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.
The three will contest for the honour of being named the best male footballer of the year.
For the Women category, the final three are Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Moslem) and Hassifah Nassuna.
Najjemba was the joint top scorer in the FUFA Women Elite League (2018/19) scoring 14 goals same as Hasifa Nassuna. Top scorer at the 2019 National Secondary Schools’ Championship in Mbale scoring 14 goals. Top scorer at the East Africa Secondary Schools’ Championship in Tanzania, scoring 10 goals. Captained Mukono High School to winning the FUFA Independence Cup, a tournament where she emerged as the top scorer with 4 goals. Was part of the Uganda U17 Girls’ national team that won the COSAFA U17 Championship in Mauritius where scored 12 goals, five behind top scorer and teammate Juliet Nalukenge. Recently, she helped Uganda to finish third at CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup in Tanzania scoring two goals.
For Nalukenge, she helped Kawempe Muslim to win both the national and East Africa Secondary Schools’ championship. She then captained Uganda to winning the COSAFA U17 Championship and emerging as the tournament top scorer with 18 goals. During the CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup, she was Uganda’s top scorer with 5 goals. She has scored 53 goals for school, club and country in 2019.
Nassuna, on the other hand, helped UCU Lady Cardinals to win the 2018/19 FUFA Women Elite League. She was named the Most Valuable Player and finished as the overall top scorer with 16 goals. She played a key role to help Uganda finish third at the CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup, scoring three goals.
The complete list of awards’ nominees
FUFA Male Player of the year
-Allan Okello – KCCA FC
-Mustafa Kizza – KCCA FC
-Bright Anukani – Proline FC
FUFA Female player of the year
-Fauzia Najjemba – Kampala Queens
-Juliet Nalukenge – Kawempe Muslim Ladies
-Hasifah Nassuna – UCU Lady Cardinals
FUFA Male Coach of the Year
-Abdallah Mubiru (Police FC)
-Mutebi Mike Hillary (KCCA FC)
-Bisaso Shafiq (Proline FC)
FUFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year
-Oliver Mbekeka (Lady Doves)
-Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi (Kawempe Muslim Ladies)
-Ndaula Fred (Makerere University)
Fair Play Award (based on a number of caution during the period considered)
Upcoming Talent Award (FUFA Juniors League)
-Mugweri Gavin Kizito (SC Villa)
-Anaku Sadat (KCCA SA)
-Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC JT)
FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year
-Luboyera Herbert (Mutola)
-Ochero Sulaiman (St Lawrence)
-Mutebi Ronald (St Lawrence)
FUFA Member Associations’ Award
-Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA)
-Buganda region Football Association
-KCCA Football Club
Team Fans of the Year (FUFA Competitions)
-Tooro United FC
-West Nile Province
Full List of the 2019 FUFA Awards Categories:
1 – Airtel – FUFA Male Player of the Year 2019
2 – Airtel – FUFA Female Player of the Year 2019
3 – Airtel – FUFA Best XI 2019 (Men)
4 – Airtel – FUFA Best XI 2019 (Women) – New
5 – Airtel – FUFA Coach of the Year 2019
6 – Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year – New
7 – FUFA Presidential Award
8 – Airtel – FUFA Fair Play Award 2019 (UPL)
9 – Airtel – FUFA Upcoming Talent Award 2019 (FJL)
10 – Airtel – FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year
11 – Airtel – FUFA Fans’ Favorite Uganda foreign-based Player
12 – Best Squad (Club/National Team) of a particular Year – New
13 – FUFA Member Associations’ Award – New
14 – Team Fans of the Year (FUFA Competitions) – New