Pius Ogena Credit: Uganda Rugby Union

Pius Ogena and Samiya Ayikoru have been selected as the Best Male & Female Rugby Players of the Year 2019 respectively at the sports journalists’ first monthly meeting of 2020.

The ceremony, which also doubled as the USPA Golden Jubilee celebration event was held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Scarlett Hall, Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala. In attendance were member journalists from various media houses and organizations, including our very own from Kawowo Sports.

Pius Ogena Credit: Uganda Rugby Union

Pius Ogena plies his trade with Legends-based Kobs Rugby Club while Samiya Ayikoru plays for Thunderbirds Women’s Rugby Club based at Kyadondo.

Both Ogena and Ayikoru featured for their respective Uganda Rugby Cranes in the past year. Ogena was an instrumental figure on pitch for both the 7s and 15s men’s rugby national teams. Samiya, on the other hand, put up an impressive show for the women’s 15s squad at the international stage.

Credit: Baron Edgar / Kratos Rugby

The award is Pius Ogena’s first honour while Samiya has bagged the prestigious award a record-high three times.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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