Farouck Daku – 330pts
It’s been nearly five years since the national Rugby team last earned recognition at the monthly sports scribes’ meeting but when it came it was more than appreciated.
Rugby Cranes polled 415 votes to beat Volleyball club, Vision Volleyball Camp (350pts) to the Nile Special/Uspa sports personality for the month of June. Interim coach Robert Seguya led Uganda to their first Elgon Cup triumph since 2012.
Rugby Cranes claimed the 2015 Elgon Cup after edging Kenya on Saturday with a 30-25 score at Legends Rugby grounds in Kampala.
Having lost 20-17 in Nairobi during their first leg tie, Uganda needed only a 4 point difference against Kenya to lift the Elgon Cup.
VVC, 2015 bronze winners at the Rwanda Genocide tournament on top of clinching gold at the Nkumba and Dr Aporu Memorial tourneys, came second.
Third-placed awardee, the Netherlands-based Light weight boxer Farouk Daku, was recognized for beating Tanzania’s Mbelwa to win the African Middle weight belt at the Nakivubo stadium parking yard.
USPA commended several sports teams for the work well done during the June month.
Kawempe Muslim Secondary School girls’ football team was recognized for winning the inaugural FUFA women elite league, while Buganda region golf team dethroned defending and record holders, Western to win this year’s version of the Inter-regional golf tourney at the par 71 Entebbe golf course.
SC Villa won their 9th Uganda Cup crown after beating KCC 3-0 in the replay of the controversial final that aborted at Kyamate ground over suspect refereeing.
Other commendation was showered to the Uganda Cranes for winning two international matches in June – first the June 13th 2-0 AFCON 2017 qualification victory over Botswana and then the first leg away to Tanzania 3-0 in the CHAN 2016 qualifier.