The 2018 Airtel FUFA Awards gala is edging closer with expectations from contenders and fans high.
The fourth edition of the annual awards is slated to take place on 7th December 2018 at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
On Wednesday during the FUFA Weekly Press conference, more nominees in different categories were revealed by chairman of the awards organizing committee, Mr. Rogers Byamukama.
Byamukama who also serves as the chairman FUFA Marketing and communications committee indicated all is set for the awards gala.
“As the organizing committee, everything is according to plan and the run down to the awards night is still on the right path. We urge the public to continue voting for their favourite players both in the male and female categories because your votes count,” said Byamukama.
Some of the categories where nominees were revealed include; FUFA Upcoming talent strictly for players featuring in the FUFA U-19 Juniors League, FUFA Most Promising Player (from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League between the age of 20 and 23) and FUFA coach of the year.
The other categories include FUFA Referee of the year, FUFA beach soccer player of the year and FUFA Upcoming referee of the year (who officiate in the FUFA Juniors League).
During the same press briefing, it was also revealed that BBS TV will broadcast the awards function live.
Alice Namatovu, the BBS TV head of marketing promised that they will offer the best service.
“BBS Terefayina appreciates the fact that FUFA has once again trusted us to offer broadcasting services. We have worked well on the previous games including Uganda vs Tanzania, Lesotho and Cape Verde and therefore want to assure the public that we shall give quality production of the event,” said Namatovu.
The Awards are sponsored by Airtel who are also the main sponsors of the Uganda Cranes.
The other partners include; Nile Special, NIC Holdings, BIDCO Uganda Limited, Ecobank, Bet Lion, 102.1 FUFA FM, PostBank, Pepsi Uganda and Uganda Premier League Secretariat.
Full List of Nominees and Categories:
Airtel FUFA Male Player of the year:
Allan Okello – KCCA FC (Code 10)
Vianne Ssekajugo – Onduparaka FC (Code 30)
Moses Waiswa – Vipers SC (Code 20)
To vote for the above, go to your phone, type FUFA leave a space, player’s code and send to 8888
Airtel FUFA Female Player of the year:
Shadia Nankya – Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga (Code 50)
Ruth Aturo- UCU Lady Cardinals (Code 60)
Tracy Jones Akiror – Kawempe Muslim (Code 70)
To vote for your favorite female player go to your phone, type FUFA, Leave a space, player’s code and send to 8888
FUFA Upcoming Talent (FUFA Juniors League)
Sadat Anaku – KCCA Soccer Academy
Thomas Kakaire- Bright Stars Junior Team
Idd AbduWahid – Onduparaka FC Junior team
FUFA Most Promising Player (From StarTIMES Uganda League and under the age of 23)
Musitafa Kiiza – KCCA FC
Geoffrey Wasswa- Vipers SC
Fred Amaku – Kirinya Jinja SS
FUFA Coach of the year
Mike Mutebi – KCCA FC
Ayub Khalifa – Kawempe Muslim
Miguel Da Costa – Formerly at Vipers SC
Alex Isabirye – Kyetme FC
Raymond Timothy Komakech – Ndejje University FC
FUFA Best XI
Composed of players from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League
FUFA Presidential Award- Recipient of this award is selected by FUFA President.
FUFA Fair Play Award
The Award will go to the team with the least number of yellow and red cards last season in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
FUFA Individual Fair Play Award
The award will go to an individual who exhibited high levels of sportsmanship spirit that promoted fair play.
FUFA Referee of the year
Brian Miiro Nsubuga
FUFA Upcoming Referee of the year (From FUFA Juniors League)
FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the year
Meddie Kibirige – Isabet
Isaac Eshioke – KIU
Suleiman Ochero- St. Lawrence University
Fans’ Favourite Ugandan Player of the year
This award will be determined by fans. It is limited to Ugandans irrespective of where they are playing their club football. To vote: Type FANUG leave a space player’s name and send to 8888
Fans Favourite Ugandan Player (Foreign Based)
This award will also be determined by the fans. This is limited to Ugandan players plying their trade outside Uganda. To vote type FANS, leave space Club and name of player and send to 8888.
Fan of the year
This award will be determined by Uganda Premier League Secretariat
FUFA Big League Most Valuable Player