The AIRTEL-FUFA AWARDS (Since 2015)
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) first launched the 2015 football awards on Tuesday, 6th October 2015 at Achwa Hall, Serena Hotel in Kampala.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo presided over the event attended by the media and the representatives of the sponsors.
The Awards main sponsors, Airtel Uganda has injected Ug.shs 100M for the event.
Crown Beverages Limited under the Pepsi flagship brand offered Ug.shs 10M.
The other partners included NIC and Nile Special.
Eng. Moses Magogo used the plat form to appreciate the FUFA partners and highlight on the cause of the Awards.
“FUFA is recognizing talent and the efforts of the players, referees and coaches, who are key elements of the game” Eng. Magogo noted.
It was also confirmed that a car and land title for each of the best male and female players of the year were to be awarded.
The awards catered for the season 2014/2015.
Male player of the year 2014; Kezironi Kizito (Vipers and Uganda Cranes), Farouk Miya (Vipers, Uganda Cranes), Yasser Mugerwa (Orlando Pirates and Uganda Cranes)
Female player of the year: Winnie Babirye (Buikwe She Red Stars), Sandra Nabweteeme (Kawempe Muslim Secondary School) and Hasfa Nassuna (Kawempe Muslim Secondary School)
Categories of Awards:
Male player of the year
Female player of the year
FUFA Presidential Award
Fair play award
Referee of the year
Coach of the year
Fans Favourite player 2014/15 (Ugandan player)
Beach Soccer player of the year
Fans’ Favourite player in the European leagues.
With the entire event was screened live to millions of viewers across the world on UBC T.V, Azam Television and the football radio, 102.1 FUFA FM relied the proceedings live from Munyonyo on December 13th 2015, Faruku Miya and Sandra Nabweteme smiled big as they scooped the Male and female MVP Awards respectively to drive home with land titles each.
Airtel Male footballer of the year: Faruku Miya (Vipers Sports Club)
Pepsi Female footballer of the year: Sandra Nabweteeme (Kawempe Muslim Secondary School)
Coach of the year: Faridah Bulega (Wakiso United)
Fans Favourite player of the year (International): Andre Ayew
Fans Favourite player of the year (Local): Tonny Mawejje
FUFA presidential Award: Paul Ssali
Beach Soccer player of the year: Douglas Muganga
Referee of the year: Mark Sonko
Fair play award: Sports Club Villa Jogoo
Team of the year: Sebwato Nicholas, Derrick Walulya, Dan Birikwalila, Hassan Waswa, Musa Malunda, Keziron Kizito, Yasser Mugerwa, Muzamir Mutyaba, Umar Kasum ba, Erisa Keith Sekisambu, Faruku Miya (captain)
Onduparaka FC skipper Muhammad Shaban was voted male MVP beating custodian Denis Onyango, Faruku Miya, Joseph Ochaya and Erisa Sekisambu while Kawempe Muslim Lady’s FC Hasifa Nassuna was voted female MVP after beating Sandra Nabweteme, Christine Nambirigge and goalie Ruth Aturo.
Both Shaban and Nassuna drove home.
Different Award Winners:
Most Valuable Players of the Year
Male: Shaban Muhammad (Onduparaka)
Female: Hasifa Nassuuna (Kawempe Muslim S.S)
Coach of the Year: Mike Mutebi
FUFA team of the year:
Mathias Muwanga (GK), Denis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Musa Walangalira, Halid Lwaliwa, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Muzamir Mutyaba, Keziron Kizito, Robert Sentongo, Shaban Mohammad and Erisa Ssekisambu.
Beach Soccer Player of the year: Roch Somoka (Nkumba Select)
Fair Play Award: Vipers Sports Club
Referee of the year: Ivan Kintu Bayige (FIFA Beach Soccer Referee)
FUFA Presidential Award: Ali Tomusange (Retired FIFA Referee who officiated at the 2002 World Cup)
Fans favourite player of the year (Ugandan): Faruku Miya (Standard Liege)
Fans favourite player of the year (Non Ugandan): Muhammed Salah (AS Roma).
KCCA FC’s midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba and Olila high school Women FC’s each drove home as Male and female MVP with Mutyaba beating teammate Geofrey Sserunkuma and Vipers’ Taddeo Lwanga while Ikwaput beat Hasifa Nassuna and custodian Vanessa Karungi.
Dennis Onyango – Fans Favorite player of the year, outside Uganda.
Emmanuel Okwi – Fans Favorite player of the year, based in Uganda.
Beach Soccer Player of the Year Award to Nasser Lwamunda (Muteesa 1 Royal University)
Kennedy Kasadha – FUFA Young Referee of the year
Fair play award – KCCA Football Club
Referee of the Year Award – FIFA Referee Brian Miiro Nsubuga.
FUFA Coach of the Year award- Mike Mutebi (KCCA Football Club)
Team of the Year: Isma Watenga (Vipers), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers), John Adriko (SC Villa Jogoo), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka), Tadeo Lwanga (SC Villa/Vipers), Gadafi Gadihno (Onduparaka), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA), Emmanuel Okwi (SC Villa Jogoo/ Simba,Tz), Shaban Muhammed (Onduparaka/KCCA)
Coach: Mike Mutebi (KCCA)
Fan who sent in the most messages – Harunah Swalleh (He earned 500,000/- and won a trip with the Uganda Cranes)
FUFA Presidential Award – Muhammod ‘Blatter’ Kalema
Airtel FUFA Female Most Valuable Player – Fazilah Ikwaput.
Airtel FUFA Male Most Valuable Player – Muzamiru Mutyaba
Midfielder Moses Waiswa who was then at Vipers SC beat Allan Okello and Viane Ssekajugo to the male MVP gong to drive home and so did UCU Lady Cardinals custodian Ruth Aturo who beat Crested Cranes skipper Tracy Jones Akiror and defender Shadia Nankya in the female MVP category to drive home as well.
Ndejje University FC striker Noel Nasasaira, on loan from KCCA FC then was named the Airtel FUFA Big League player of the year taking home cash and a 50 Inch Television set courtesy of BetLion. Nasasira was recognised for being named MVP of the FUFA Big League in the 2017 season when he led Ndejje University FC to the top flight.
KCCA FC’s Mustafa Kizza that night took home the Airtel FUFA most promising player award (playing in the Star Times Uganda Premier League between 20-23 years of age).
KCCA Football Club Manager Mike Mutebi took home the Airtel FUFA Coach of the year, like the script was in 2016 and 2017.
FIFA Referee Brian Miiro Nsubuga was voted Airtel FUFA referee of the year.
Shamirah Nabukenya was voted Airtel FUFA Upcoming referee of year.
Meddie Kibirige was voted Airtel FUFA Beach Soccer player of the year.
Maroons Football Club (Airtel FUFA Fair play of the year-30 yellow cards, 1 red card)
Allan Okello (Airtel FUFA fans’ favorite player of the year based in Uganda)
Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango (fans’ favorite Ugandan player – foreign based)
Khassim Kyazze (fan of the year).
Mubiru Joseph was also recognized for winning the inaugural 102.1 FUFA fm Sports Quiz ‘Nantamegwa we Mizanyo’ that ran for one month.
The Airtel FUFA Best XI had SC Villa goalkeeper Samson Kirya, Paul Willa (Police), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Timothy Denis Awany (KCCA), Henry Katongole (Vipers), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Moses Waiswa (Vipers), Allan Okello (KCCA), Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma (Vipers), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars) and Viane Sekajugo (Onduparaka).
The award winners received an instant cash reward each of Shs 1M, transferred electronically to their respective accounts. The 2nd placed got 500,000/- while third place 300,000/-. The total cash prize money was 27 Million shillings.
Allan Okello and Juliet Nalukenge were crowned as the best Airtel Male and Female respective most valuable players of the year, 2019 at the glamorous awards night held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala in December 2019.
Both players were rewarded by Shs 1M, trophy, medal and drove home with a car each.
Okello, a KCCA FC player then beat teammate Mustafa Kizza and Proline’s Bright Anukani.
Nalukenge, a forward at Kawempe Muslim Women Football Club beat Hasifa Nassuna and Fauzia Najjemba to the female MVP gong.
Airtel Male Footballer of the Year: Allan Okello
Airtel Female Footballer of the Year: Juliet Nalukenge
Airtel – FUFA Fans Team of the year: Acholi Province
Airtel – FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year: Sulaiman Ochero
Airtel – FUFA Member Association of the Year: Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA)
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
Airtel – FUFA Fair Play Award: Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club
Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year: Ayub Khalifa
Airtel – FUFA Male Football Coach of the Year: Shafiq Bisaso (Former Proline Head Coach)
Airtel – Male Best XI: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa, Allan Kayiwa, Allan Okello, Shafiq Kagimu, Viane Ssekajugo, Mike Mutyaba, Bright Anukani
Airtel – Female Bext XI: Daisy Nakazkiro (GK), Florence Naziz, Shadia Nankya, Marion Amangat, Viola Namuddu, Rita Nabbosa, Phiona Nabbumba, Fauzia Najjemba, Mauren Kinavudori, Juliet Nalukenge, Nassuna Hasifa
FUFA Nantameggwa Winner: Henry Lubulwa
All winners on the night walked were each awarded 1m Ug. Shs.
The Airtel FUFA Awards were not held in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.