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5th Airtel FUFA Awards officially launched, date and venue confirmed

2019 Airtel FUFA Awards:

  • Saturday, 14th December
  • At Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala (Live on 102.1 FUFA fm and All Official FUFA social media platforms)

The Airtel – FUFA Awards for the year 2019 were officially launched at Serena Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday.

This year’s awards shall be held on Saturday, 14th December 2019 under the theme ‘Celebrating Uganda’s  Finest footballers’.

The launch at Serena was attended by the Ag. FUFA President Justus Mugisha, FUFA Executive Committee members, Sponsors and partners, as well as the media.

The main sponsors Airtel Uganda announced their package of  UGX 100M.

The other partners for this year’s  awards are; Bet Lion, Nile  Special,  Bidco Uganda Limited, Pepsi, BBS Terefayina, NIC Holdings, 102,.1 FUFA fm and Ecobank Uganda.

L-R:  3rd FUFA Vice President Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Noela Byuma, Justus Mugisha, Remmie Kisakye and Rogers Byamukama during the Airtel FUFA Awards 2019 launch at Serena Hotel, Kampala. They are seen here receiving the dummy cheque from Airtel’s Kisakye.
NIC Holdings Limited has contributed  UGX 10M towards the Airtel FUFA Awards 2019

New Categories:

The new categories include; Airtel – FUFA Best XI 2019 (Women), Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year, Best Squad (Club/National Team) of a particular Year, FUFA Member Associations’ Award and the Team Fans of the Year (FUFA Competitions).

L-R:  3rd FUFA Vice President Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi,  Ag. FUFA President Justus Mugisha and  Chairman FUFA Awards Committee Rogers Byamukama

‘In 2013, we thought we could take Uganda’s football higher. We presented our manifesto and it was accepted by the stake holders who endorsed it. In 2014, we transformed the manifesto into a five year strategic plan with the vision of being the number one footballing country on and off the pitch. We sold the idea to sponsors and partners in 2015 and the awards are now a permanent fixture on the FUFA activity calendar. I thank our sponsors and partners for coming together with us to work with us. I also thank the committees that have been organizing.In a special way, I want to thank Airtel Uganda for being with us all throughout not only with Uganda Cranes but in football development through the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) and the Kingdom. I also thank NIC Holdings Limited for the insurance to our players’ Ag. FUFA President Justus Mugisha

The Ag. FUFA  President Justus Mugsha addressing the media today at Serena Hotel

 ‘We are here excited for the fifth year running to unveil the awards where we recognize the best of talents. Objective of these awards is to reward excellence. We also recognize those that have built a strong foundation to the game. The top awards will be the male & female players of the awards. The awards will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Saturday, 14th December 2019.mThese awards are valid for the Season effective 7th December 2018 to 14th December 2019. The coaches and captains made nominees for the male and female players of the year. There will be two rounds of voting. There are three catergories of voters;  Coaches, Captains and fans. 50% will belong to coaches and 25% to captains and fans. I thank the partners – Airtel Uganda, NIC Holdings, Bet Lion, Pepsi, Bidco Uganda Limited, ECO Bank, BBS Telefaina. The Dress Code will be formal preferably a black Tie. Rogers Byamukama, FUFA Executive Committee member and Chairperson Airtel FUFA Awards Committee

Remmie Kisakye,  Head of Brand & Communications at Airtel Uganda during the launch of the Airtel FUFA Awards 2019

As Airtel Uganda, we pride in football development and nurturing. We do not shy away from milestones registered at the national team (Uganda Cranes).We reaffirm our commitment to Uganda’s football. We are also the main sponsors of the Airtel  Masaza cup. Some players have also graduated to the Uganda Cranes from Masaza Cup’ – Remmie Kisakye, head of Brand and Communications – Airtel Uganda

Primrose Kobusingye, Head of Marketing and Communications at Ecobank Uganda 

‘We are very privileged to associate with these awards for the past three years. We promise to continue with this partnership. We believe in this institution of FUFA and we commit to continue supporting’. – Primerose Kobusingye, Head of Marketing and Communications at Ecobank Uganda Limited.

Pamela Abonyo, Head Corporate Communications –  NIC Holdings Limited

‘At NIC, we believe in supporting football. This year makes the 11th year when we have partnered with FUFA. We have made a long term investment in sport particularly in football’ – Pamela Abonyo, Head  Corporate Communications – NIC Holdings Limited

Uganda Cranes Head Coach Johnathan McKinstry during the launch of the 2019 Airtel FUFA Awards at Serena Hotel

‘When I arrived in Uganda, I was assured that there are a pool of talented players and whoever makes the starting eleven is good enough to do the job. I am humbled for FUFA to recongize female players as well”- Johnathan McKinstry, Uganda Cranes Head Coach

‘We are privileged to be part of this event. As a Buganda Kingdom Television, we believe that football has to be nurtured. We are also the official broadcasters of the Airtel Masaza Cup. Therefore, to broadcast the Awards, we are in the right place’ – Alice Namatovu, BBS TV – Sales and Marketing Director

Bernard Musinguzi, Sales and Marketing Executive Bet Lion

‘Thanks to the organizing team for organizing these beautiful events. We pledge to support the Awards once again and we shall promote them on all our social media platforms’ – Bernard Musinguzi, Sales and Marketing Executive Bet Lion

The coaches Mike Mutebi of KCCA FC and Maroons’ Douglas Bamweyana

‘Awards are motivational. Like Messi, if you are best, you will win over and over. Professionalism starts here. These players have been motivated by the awards and the coaches too. Thank Airtel Uganda for the development strategy. National team must be evolving to make it easy for the head coach of Uganda Cranes, Jonathan McKinstry. Clubs in Uganda must appreciate the development of players just like we did for the 2019 CECAFA Clubs Kagame Cup’ – Mike Mutebi, three time winning best coach


Nominees for Airtel FUFA Male Player of the Year 2019

Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Mike Mutyaba (KCCA), Viane Ssekajjugo (Wakiso Giants), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume), Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Daniel Sserunkuma (Vipers), Allan Okello (KCCA), Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City), Deogratious Ojok (BUL), Bright Anukani (Proline), Hillary Mukundane (Mbarara City), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers), Ivan Bogere (Proline)

Nominees for Airtel FUFA Team Fans of the Year 2019

SC Villa, Onduparaka, KCCA, Tooro United, West Nile Province, Acholi Province Fans, Lango Province Fans, Bunyoro Province Fans

Nominees for Airtel – FUFA Female player of the Year, 2019

Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Fauzia Najjemba (Isra Soccer Academy), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Lillian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Hasifah Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Leticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves), Margaret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim), Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Amina Nababi (Makerere University), Shamirah Nalujja (Isra Soccer Academy), Maureen Kinavudori (UCU Lady Cardinal

Full List of the 2019 Airtel FUFA Awards Catergories:

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

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