Following a nervous end to the Bell Uganda Super League 2011/12 season that saw Express FC walk away with the league title for the first time in 16 years, Kawowo sports’ Ismael Kiyonga who has closely followed the season dishes out awards to whoever stood out. The awards are however based on personal observation

and opinion. Let’s get started. 

Player of the season: It has been a season in which only a few players consistently played well through out season. And the top three include Luwagga Kizito (Bunamwaya SC), Willy Kavuma(Express FC) and Robert Ssentongo (URA FC). These guys have had a fantastic season and with out their input, i doubt whether their clubs would have finished in those positions. However the gong goes to Bunamwaya’s Luwagga William Kizito.

Best defender of the season: URA FC’s Sam Ssenkomi, Proline FC’s duo of Yusuf Mukisa and Simon Namwanja have all had a good season but Bunamwaya SC’s right back Nicholas Wadada takes the award. His displays this season meant he earned a call up to the national U-20 side Hippos.
Best midfielder of the season: SC Villa’s trio of Isaac Kirabira, Steven Bengo and Moses Ndaula, Express FC’s Willy Kavuma and Yayo Lutimba, Hoima-Busia FC’s Ayub Isiko, URA FC’s Feni Moses Ali, Maroons FC Tuliraba Alex, Simba SC’s Aucho Khalid and Bunamwaya’s skipper Robert Kimuli have done well this season but none comes close to Bunamwaya SC’s magician Luwagga William Kizito. Statistics indicate the midfielder has amassed 12 assists and 8 goals more than any other midfielder.
Golden boy of the season: By virtue of the fact that he finished the league as the top scorer with 13 goals, Robert Ssentongo automatically bags the award.
Best goal keeper of the season: Masaka LC FC’s Fahad Katongole, URA FC’s Allan Owiny and fans favorite Jamal Salim of Express FC have made a lot of contribution to their team’s success but Proline FC’s Yasin Mugabi’s performances that has seen him earn a national team call up is un rivaled. He takes the golden gloves with out doubt.
Best young player of the season: Hoima-Busia’s Yahim Kakaire Proline FC’s Simon Namwanja, Express FC’s Jamal Salim and Bunamwaya SC’s Nicholas Wadada are some of the youngsters that have done well this season with out doubt. It’s a close contest but my vote goes to Simon Namwanja. The boy has been fantastic.
Signing of the season: This is also close but SC Villa’s Steven Bengo takes the gong ahead of team mate Moses Ndaula, Express FC’s Erias Ssekisambu and Masaka LC FC’s Rashid Kyambadde. In his second round stint at the club, the no. 10 has made 7 assists and scored 5 goals lifting the Villa Park side from relegation to a respectable fifth position.
Flop of the season: Should SC Villa’s Edrisa Kaye completed the season playing the way he did in round one, may be he would have bagged this but still, the gong remains at Villa park with former Express FC star Noah Ssemakula bagging it with out doubt.
Best manager/coach of the season: Coach Sam Ssimbwa deserves the accolade with out doubt. The mortar mouthed tactician has led a youthful red eagle’s side to the league championship against all odds. He beats URA FC and Masaka LC FC Alex Isabirye and Kefa Kisala respectively to the gong.
FIFA Fair play award: This is difficult to determine but Bidco FC deserves and takes the gong. The spirit exhibited in their league game against Express FC was truly in the name of the beautiful game. In a game the side was playing for pride, the side almost denied Ssimbwa’s charges a league title.
Fans of the season: Proline FC’s fans have been fantastic but could only come second to Express FC’s Red army. Led by Moses Mawanda a.k.a Kasukuta, these guys deserves my recognition.
Worst fans of the season: From day one at Masaka recreation ground, SC Villa fans put up a fight for this and with out much hustle bag this.
Goal of the season: Herman Wasswa’s curler against KCC FC, Gift Ali’s long range strike against Victors FC and Eddie Mubiru’s strike against KCC FC deserve mention but none beats Bonny Baingana’s sole goal against SC Villa when he received a desperate ball from his own half and raced past all blue shirts with his wizardry before beating custodian Ochan Benjamin to slot the ball into an empty net.
Quote of the season: “I had to substitute Emma Kalyowa just because he had lost his legs yet our plan was to have him fall back and add numbers in the midfielder”, Villa interim Coach Joseph Kanaba on why he withdrew the forward with only 25 minutes played.

Most improved player of the season: Express FC’s Julius Ogwang and Simba SC’s Swalley Sonko share this award. The duo for the first time in the league has showed what they can do after lots of seasons of under performance. They have popped up with match winning displays helping their sides to lots of precious points.
Most controversial decision of the season: Fred Mufta’s decision to allow Willy Kavuma’s goal that never crossed the line against Maroons FC.
There are my picks. Do you agree with me?

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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