The Commander of the UPDF Special Forces, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba on Friday evening at Kampala Serena Hotel crowned Joseph Ochaya, a KCCA FC utility left back, as Uganda’s footballer of the year from last season 2015/16.
In a colorful and fun-filled evening, General Kainerugaba handed over car keys to a grinning Ochaya to drive home with the biggest prize of the evening, a brand new Subaru Forester car. In addition to the car, Ochaya was also handed an Azam TV decorder, Azam TV are the main sponsors of Uganda’s Premier League.
“I think I deserved it, and I thank the Almighty God,” a beaming Ochaya said, flanked by his wife and baby daughter.
Other players that were awarded were the league’s leading marksman and top scorer of the season, URA FC’s Robert Ssentongo, the league’s best defender, JMC Hippo’s Musa Walangalira, and the league’s best goalkeeper, Sadolin Paint’s Mathias Muwanga. KCCA FC duo, Muzamiru Mutyaba and Mike Mutebi were voted the league’s finest midfield player and best coach respectively.
The Chairman of the Uganda Premier League, Red Pepper Publications marketing manager Mr. Arinaitwe Rugyendo said it was time to make the Ugandan game “great again.” The Federation of Uganda Football Association President (FUFA), Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo and the Uganda Cranes head coach, Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic were some of the sports personality figures present.
General Kainerugaba praised the Uganda Premier League and FUFA leadership for bringing back normalcy to Ugandan football, which he observed was for a long time embroiled in endless wrangles. “I thank Rugyendo and Magogo plus their support teams for the wonderful job they are doing. It is time for the national team to shine again at the continental and global stage by competing with the very best,” said General Kainerugaba.
The Special Forces commander also encouraged the youth and young people to take up sports more seriously arguing that the rewards accruing were worth it. “Quite obviously, as a people and country, we should dedicate more resources and time to sports not only for the commercial promise that comes to the best sportsmen and women but also because it promotes healthy lifestyles,” said the General.
2016 Uganda Premier League Soccer Awards
Footballer of the year (MVP): Joseph Ochaya (KCCA)
Goalkeeper of the year: Mathias Muwanga (Sadolin Paints)
Defender of the year: Musa Walangalira (JMC Hippos)
Midfielder of the year: Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA)
Top Scorer: Robert Ssentongo (URA) – 18 goals
Coach of the year: Mike Ray Mutebi (KCCA)
Goalkeeping coach of the year: Kenneth Magada (Sadolin Paints)
Young Player of the year: Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers)
Life Time Achievers Award: Hajji Abbasi Kawaasi Mukasa
Best Referee: Brian Miiro Nsubuga
Fans’ Player of the Year: Musa Esenu
Best Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – David Tamale (KCCA)
Best Player on TV: Martin Kizza (SC Villa Jogoo)
Best XI: Mathias Muwanga (Sadolin Paints), Dennis Okot Oola (KCCA), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Musa Walangaira (JMC Hippos), Ibrahim Kayiwa (Express), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA), Richard Wandyaka (JMC Hippos), Robert Sentongo (URA), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers), Vincent Kayizzi Waluggembe (KCCA). Coached by Mike Ray Mutebi (KCCA)
Best Sports Journalists: [Television – Clive Kyazze (Urban TV – Game On Show) , Radio – Martin Kaddu (Radio Sapentia), Photography – John Batanudde – (Red Pepper), Print – Elvis Senono – Daily Monitor , Online – Ismail Kiyonga (Kawowo Sports Media)]