Hasifa Nassuna dribbles the ball during the 2016 CECAFA Women championship at Njeru. She was top scorer at that tournament as Uganda finished 4th. She won the FUFA Women Elite league with Kawempe Muslim S.S
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango with the ball in a home match against Burkina Faso

If there are key individuals who have shone during the 2016 footballing year in Uganda, then names as Dennis Onyango, Farouk Miya, Hasifa Nassuna, Sandra Nabweteeme come to light without question.

Debates of the overall best player arise at all Awards world over for different reasons arising from the individual brilliance to general contribution to the team success.

As the 2016 Airtel FUFA Awards get officially launched on Monday, 14th November 2016 at Achwa Hall, Serena Hotel in Kampala, names as Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda Cranes) and Farouk Miya will definitely hit the final male short list.

Onyango has been exceptional for club and country with fine saves and team leadership.

Miya, now in Belgium with Standard Leige needs no introduction. He scored Uganda’s goal that broke the 38 jinx to AFCON finals once again, he is the among current top scorers in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (Africa Zone).

For the female category, Hasifa Nassuna is favourite having guided Kawempe Muslim S.S to the second successive league title and the Uganda Crested Cranes to a 4th place finish during the 2016 CECAFA Women Championship held at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.

Hasifa Nassuna celebrates a league goal for Kawempe Muslim S.S women Football Club

Nassuna was second top scorer behind teammate Nabweteeme and also won the golden boot at the 2016 CECAFA Women event.

FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein confirms the detailed list of nominees will be released to the media and general public during the awards launch in Kampala on Monday.

The 2016 Airtel FUFA Awards will be launched on Monday, 14th November 2016 at Achwa Hall – Serena International Hotel in Kampala starting at 10 a.m.

The purpose of these awards to recognize the efforts of all those personalities who have worked hard throughout the season.

During last year’s Airtel FUFA Awards, Farouk Miya, then playing at Vipers and Sandra Nabweteeme (then of Kawempe Muslim S.S) were voted the male and female respective best footballers in the country.

Other awards:

Besides the MVP accolades, other awards are set to be given out under the Women, Beach Soccer, Coaching and Refereeing.

Tonny Mawejje with his award during the 2015 FUFA Awards

Last season, Tonny Mawejje was voted the best foreign based footballer.

The FUFA Awards were initiated in 2008 but only returned in 2015 at Speke Resort Munyonyo Hotel in Kampala.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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