Allan Okello and Juliet Nalukenge were crowned as the best Airtel Male and Female respective most valuable players of the year, 2019 during a Airtel-Fufa Awards that were at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala on Saturday.
Okello a KCCA fc skipper was in contention with Proline FC’s Bright Anukani and clubmate Mustafa Kizza.
To clinch the gong, he won the Star Times Uganda Premier League, the FUFA Super Cup , the CECAFA Kagame Cup and was also part of the Cranes team that qualified for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN)
On the other hand, the Kawempe Muslim School female star Juliet Nalukenge beat 2016 award winner Hasifa Nassuna and Fauzia Najjemba to win her maiden award.
She also had a successful 2019 helping Kawempe Muslim to win both the national and the East Africa Secondary Schools’ championship, she captained Uganda to win the COSAFA U17 Championship scoring 18 goals hence the tournament top scorer before scoring 5 goals as Uganda finished 3rd in the CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup.
Both players were rewarded by Shs1 million, trophy, medal and drove home with a car[Subaru Forester] each.
This year’s awards had a number of changes which included the nomination process involving each of the captain and coach of the Uganda top flight leagues for the male and female category.
Unlike the previous editions that had left the voting to fans, the fifth edition had Coaches’ votes contributing 50% , captains votes contribute 25% and the remaining 25% was left for fans.
In addition to the above changes was the nomination process starting from 16 player instead of the previous three that kept on reducing to five and then to final three who head to the awards ceremony.
The final changes were the introduction of the new awards of Airtel FUFA Best XI for Women, Airtel FUFA Women coach of the year, Airtel FUFA favorite team fans of the year and the Airtel FUFA Members association award.
Other award winners
Airtel – FUFA Male Football Coach of the Year – Shafiq Bisaso (Former Proline Head Coach)
Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year – Ayub Khalifa
Airtel – FUFA Fans Team of the year: Acholi Province.
Airtel – FUFA Member Association of the Year: Uganda Beach Soccer Association
Airtel – FUFA Fans Favorite Foreign based player of the Year: Abdul Lumala
Airtel – FUFA Upcoming Talent of the Year – Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa & Uganda U-20)
Airtel – FUFA Best Squad (Team) – Team of 1978
2015 Miya Farooq
2016 Shaban Muhaned
2017 Muzamir Mutyaba
2018 Moses Waiswa
2019 Allan Okello
2015 Sandra Nabweteme
2016 Hasifa Nassuna
2017 Fazila Ikwaput
2018 Ruth Aturo
2019 Juliet Nalukenge
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