The 2016 Airtel FUFA awards aimed at honoring the excellence of Ugandan footballers was launched on Monday at Serena Hotel Kampala.
Airtel Uganda, the largest supporter of football in Uganda and official sponsor of the Uganda Cranes is the official sponsor of the awards; giving UGX 100,000,000 to towards the organization of the awards’ ceremony.
This year’s awards will see Uganda’s stopper Denis Onyango battle it out with Uganda’s lethal forward Farouk Miya in the Male Footballer of the year category. Other players battling for the same award are, KCCA and Uganda Cranes left back, Joseph Ochaya, new Kid on the scene, Onduparaka’s Shaban Mohammed and Vipers forward Erisa Sekisambu
Speaking at the launch of the 2016 Airtel Uganda Marketing Director Mr. Indrajeet Kumar Singh, expressed enthusiasm at the launch of the awards and reiterated the Telecom Company’s commitment to the development and growth of Ugandan football.
“Airtel Uganda is deeply involved in football at all levels in Uganda; from the Airtel Rising Stars, Buganda Masaza cup to the Uganda Cranes National team. It is therefore fitting that we go ahead to award this football talent that we nurture from the grassroots level.” Indrajeet added.
“We extend our gratitude to FUFA who have given us continuous support in our efforts to elevate the game of football in this country. Our recent achievements in this game clearly illustrate that the ladies and gentlemen whose talent and hard work have gone into reaching these achievements deserve to be recognized and rewarded and we are honored to be part of this process,” he concluded.
According to the FUFA president, Eng. Moses Magogo, “This year has been a great year to us Ugandans, we qualified for the 2017 African Cup of Nations games and we have had a great run in the World Cup qualifiers. These awards are befitting for our players.”
Magogo concluded by encouraging Ugandans to vigorously participate in the Airtel FUFA Awards’ voting process in order to ensure that their favorite players are celebrated and awarded.
Male Footballer of the Year
Female Footballer of the Year
Fair Play Award
Referee of the Year
Coach of the Year
Fans’ Favorite Player
Beach Soccer Player of the Year
Fans’ Favourite Player in European Leagues
Nominees for the 2 Main Awards
(Provided by coaches of the 16 AUPL Clubs and a panel of experts in Women Football)
Male Player of the Year
Farouk Miya (Standard Liege and Uganda Cranes)
Dennis onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda Cranes)
Joseph Ochaya(KCCA and Uganda Cranes)
Erisa Sekisambo(Vipers and Uganda Cranes)
Shaban Mohammed(Onduparaka and Uganda Cranes)
On top of the cash, Land titles and accolades, a car will be given to each of the winners for the top award (Male and Female footballers of the year).
The awards will take place on December 2nd 2016 at Victoria Hall, Speke Hotel, Munyonyo starting at 5pm.