Airtel FUFA Awards: More nominations revealed
With the 2019 Airtel FUFA Awards ceremony drawing closer, the build-up to the coveted ceremony has continued to bring about anxiety.
On Monday, more nominations in other categories have been revealed to add to the three categories (Airtel FUFA Male and Female nominees) and Team Fans of the year that were released during the launch last month at Serena Hotel.
Coach of the year (Men’s Football Competitions)
The Airtel FUFA Coach of the of the year nominees in the men’s competitions includes Mike Hillary Mutebi (KCCA FC), Abdallah Mubiru (Police FC) and Shafik Bisaso (Proline FC).
Mutebi who has won the accolade for the last three years, helped KCCA FC to lift the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, CECAFA Kagame Cup in Rwanda and the FUFA Super Cup.
Mubiru guided Uganda Cranes to qualify for the 2020 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) while Bisaso helped Proline FC to win the StarTimes FUFA Big League and the Stanbic Uganda Cup. He also helped his team beat Malawian side Masters Security on their maiden continual bow.
Women football coach of the year
For the first time, the coaches in Women’s football will have their own category and the nominees include Ayub Khalifa, Oliver Mbekeka, and Fred Ndaula.
Ayub helped Kawempe Muslim Ladies to reach the FUFA Women Elite League playoffs and was also in charge of the Uganda U17 Girls’ national team that won the maiden COSAFA U17 Championship. He also won several other trophies in FUFA sanctioned tournaments with his school.
Mbekeka led Lady Doves to two finals (FUFA Women Elite League and FUFA Women’s Cup) while Ndaula helped Makerere University to clinch the FUFA Women’s Cup, their first major title in history.
FUFA Member Association Award
Another category introduces this year is the Airtel FUFA Member Associations’ award that is aimed at rewarding excelling FUFA Members. In total, FUFA is composed of 34 members following the admission of the Futsal Association of Uganda.
The nominees include; KCCA FC, Buganda Region Football Association (BRFA) and Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA).
Beach Soccer Player of the year
In beach soccer, St. Lawrence duo of Ronald Mutebi and Suleiman Ochero will contend for the gong alongside Herbert Luboyera of Mutoola Beach Soccer Club/
Mutebi was named the best goalkeeper in the 2018/19 league while Ochero finished as the top scorer with 29 goals in 19 games and was named the Most Valuable Player.
Upcoming Talent of the year (FUFA Juniors League)
In the Airtel FUFA Upcoming talent category, Sadat Anaku who won the accolade last year is nominated alongside Garvin Kizito Mugweri and Davis Sekajja.
Male and Female player of the year
The nominees in the Male and Female categories were already released but the shortlists will be trimmed and the names will be confirmed on Wednesday.
There are 16 nominees vying for the Male best footballer of the year accolade and 12 female footballers that were generated by the head coaches as well as captains of the Star Times Uganda Premier League and the FUFA Women Elite League and FUFA Women Super League teams respectively.
Coaches of the FUFA Women Elite League and FUFA Women Super League nominated their top 5 candidates for the FUFA Female player of the year 2019.
There was a second round of voting by the coaches and captains for the Male player of the year and Female Player of the Year to get the top 5 and the list will be released on Wednesday.
Public voting will contribute 25% and will get underway after the release of the top 5 for Male and Female Player of the Year. The Coaches will contribute 50%, Captains 25%, and Fans 25% during the voting.
This is the fifth successive year that the Airtel FUFA Awards are organized running them ‘Celebrating Uganda’s finest footballers’. This year’s awards function will be held on 14th December at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.
Airtel FUFA Male Coach of the Year
- Abdallah Mubiru (Police FC)
- Mutebi Mike Hillary (KCCA FC)
- Bisaso Shafiq (Proline FC)
Airtel 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 during the
- Police FC
- Maroons FC
- URA FC
Upcoming Talent Award (FUFA Juniors League)
- Mugweri Gavin Kizito (SC Villa)
- Anaku Sadat (KCCA SA)
- Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC JT)
Airtel FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year
- Luboyera Herbert (Mutola)
- Ochero Sulaiman (St Lawrence)
- Mutebi Ronald (St Lawrence)
Airtel FUFA Member Associations’ Award
- Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA)
- Buganda region Football Association
- KCCA Football Club
Team Fans of the Year (FUFA Competitions)
- KCCA FC
- Onduparak FC
- SC Villa
- Tooro United FC
- Acholi Province
- West Nile Province
- Lango Province
- Bunyoro Province
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 Fans
- Onduparaka Fans
- KCCA Fans
- Tooro United Fans
- 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 Cardinals)
Full List of the 2019 Airtel 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)
5 – Airtel – FUFA Coach of the Year 2019
6 – Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year
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
13 – FUFA Member Associations’ Award
14 – Team Fans of the Year (FUFA Competitions)