The 2019 FUFA Awards have been officially launched at the Serena Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday morning.

The launch at Serena was attended by the Acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha, FUFA Executive Committee members, Sponsors and partners.

The main sponsors Airtel Uganda Limited offered Shs100 million. The other co-sponsors include Bet Lion, Nile Breweries Limited, Bidco Uganda Limited, Pepsi, NIC Holdings Limited and Eco Bank.

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New Categories have been added from the previous awards are these are; Airtel – FUFA Best XI 2019 (Women), Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year, Best Squad (Club/National Team) of a particular Year, FUFA Member Associations’ Award and the Team Fans of the Year (FUFA Competitions).

“In 2013, we thought we could take Uganda’s football higher. We presented our manifesto and it was accepted by the stake holders who endorsed it. In 2014, we transformed the manifesto into a five year strategic plan with the vision of being the number one footballing country on and off the pitch,” said the Acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha.

The awards gala shall be held on Saturday, 14th December 2019 under the theme “Celebrating Uganda’s footballers”.

This year’s awards are valid for the Season effective 7th December 2018 to 14th December 2019.

The coaches and captains made nominees for the male and female players of the year. There will be two rounds of voting. There are three categories of voters; Coaches, Captains and fans. 50% will belong to coaches and 25% to captains and fans.

“We are here excited for the fifth year running to unveil the awards where we recognize the best of talents. Objective of these awards is to reward excellence. We also recognize those that have built a strong foundation to
the game.” Rogers Byamukama, FUFA Executive Committee member and Chairperson Airtel FUFA Awards Committee said.

*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, Onduparaka, KCCA, Tooro United, 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 Cardinal

*Full List of the 2019 Airtel FUFA Awards Categories:*

1 – FUFA Male Player of the Year 2019

2 – FUFA Female Player of the Year 2019

3 – FUFA Best XI 2019 (Men)

4 – FUFA Best XI 2019 (Women)

5 – FUFA Coach of the Year 2019

6 – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year

7 – FUFA Presidential Award

8 – FUFA Fair Play Award 2019 (UPL)

9 – FUFA Upcoming Talent Award 2019 (FJL)

10 – FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year

11 – 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)