USPA Month of September 2017 Award
- Uganda Lady Cricket Cranes – 400 Votes
- Ronald Rugumayo – 335 Votes
Uganda Lady Cricket Cranes have scooped the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) month of September award.
The Lady Cricket Cranes tallied 400 votes, beating amateur golfer Ronald Rugumayo (335 votes) in a close contest during the USPA monthly convention held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Monday.
The triumphant team overcame Zimbabwe to win the Africa T20 World Cup qualifiers and were crowned the 2017 African Champions.
Uganda will now join other regional winners Scotland, Netherlands, PNG and test nations Ireland and Bangladesh early next year in the global qualifiers for the World Cup in West Indies in 2018.
On the other hand, Toro Club golfer Ronald Rugumayo won the 75th Uganda Amateur Golf Open championship at Uganda Golf Club in Kampala.
The Uganda Lady Cricket Cranes team was nominated by USPA President and New Vision sports sub-editor Sabiiti Muwanga and seconded by Prime Radio’s Ronnie Mayanja.
Rugumayo was nominated by Vision Group’s Peter Kanyike and seconded by Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye.
The USPA members also commended Azizi Damani Cricket Team (winner of the 2017 National Cricket League) and rugby club, Betway Kobs for winning this year’s National 7s title.
At the same assembly, the USPA members passed a motion condemning the recent violence during the football match between Sports Club Vipers and SC Villa at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
The USPA President Sabiti Muwanga added his strong voice to fighting fans’ violence.
Such violence at football games should never be tolerated. As USPA, we stand as the biggest sports body to condemn violence prior to, during and after football matches.
The motion condemning violence was raised by Radio Sapentie’s Robert Wasswa and seconded by Daily Monitor’s sports sub editor Mark Namanya and Mahad Ssali, a freelancer.
The Lady Cricket Cranes will be crowned during the quarterly dinner on 11th October 2017 at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.
During the quarterly dinner, winners of the July and August monthly awards will receive their plaques and cash prizes (each Shs500,000).
In July, Para-olympic athlete David Emong won the monthly award after tallying 395 votes, ahead of Woodball player Joan Mukoova (335), Javelin and Discuss thrower Josephine Joyce Lalam (275) and Uganda Cranes and KCCA forward Paul Mucureezi (245).
Emong won a gold medal at the recent 2017 World Para athletics championships in London after the T46 1500M race, beoming the first Ugandan ever to win a gold medal in the Para-games.