2017 Airtel FUFA Awards
Most Valuable Players (MVP)
- Male: Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA Football Club)
- Female: Fazilah Ikwaput (Olila High School Women Football Club)
KCCA creative midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba and Olila High School forward player Fazilah Ikwaput claimed the biggest accolades at the 2017 Airtel FUFA Awards.
Mutyaba overcame former club-mate Geoffrey Sserunkuma – now at Zambia Premier League side Buildcon and former SC Villa captain Tadeo Lwanga, now at Vipers Sports Club.
Ikwaput, a forward with Soroti based Women Football Club, Olila High School shockingly outsmarted FUFA Women Elite League top scorer Hasifa Nassuuna and Olila goalie Vaneesa Kalungi.
“I am honoured to win. Thank you the organizers and the fans who voted for me,” Onyango stated in a brief speech on the podium once granted the opportunity by the MC of the night Andrew Kabuura.
FUFA Second Vice President Darius Mugoye handed Emmanuel Okwi the second award on the night – fans’ favourite player based in Uganda.
Okwi who had a great season at SC Villa Jogoo, scoring crucial goals that inspired his side to second place.
“I dedicate this award to the players of SC Villa and the fans,” he acknowledged.
Nasser Lwamunda received the best Beach Soccer Player of the Year award, Kenneddy Kasadha the young referee and KCCA F.C the fair play team of the season (got the least yellow and red cards).
Mike Mutebi was also rewarded as best coach.
The select side of the finest players had 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), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (KCCA), Emmanuel Okwi (SC Villa Jogoo/ Simba,Tz) and Shaban Muhammad (Onduparaka/KCCA).
Each of the 11 players named earned Shs1M cash.
Mutebi was thankful for the award of best coach and appreciated the awards;
It’s a pleasure to see football people in such an environment. Football belongs to people who are organized, where there is fairness, order and discipline.
People appreciate that football belongs to the elite.
I dedicate the award to FUFA for appreciating footballers.
Ikwaput won the FUFA Women Cup with Olila High School as Nassuna was top scorer (26 goals) in the FUFA Women Elite League, guiding Kawempe Muslim to third league crown in succession.
“I am so surprised for this award” Ikwaput confessed.
“I thank everyone who voted and thank Airtel and FUFA for organizing. I also thank the other sponsors,” she added.