Six winners smiled away with cash prizes and gongs at Fortebet Real Stars Sports awards for the month of February.
This, was at Copper Chimney Restaurant Lugogo on Monday.
The winners from six disciplines include Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Rugby), Kirabo Namutebi (Swimming), Shadir Musa Bwogi (Boxing), Robert Ssentongo (Football), Jackson Mayanja (Football, coach) and Joshua Cheptegei (Athletics).
“We are glad that the number of awards we have given out has increased, we are very grateful to our sponsors for making this happen,” noted Real stars sports Director Isaac Mukasa.
The National council of sports chairman Donald Rukare appreciated Real stars agency, saying that they create competition among athletes.
Rukare added: “For us as NCS, it gives us a clear image to know about dormant sports bodies and those who are active, we plan on helping the organizers of these awards.”
Shibera bakamoze, assistant promotion at Jude Color Solutions commented that they feel previledged to be associated with Real Stars Sports agency and are looking forward to push the awards to another level as they seek to reward athletes with more cash.
The Six Winners:
Best Rugby Player – Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Heathens)
He beat Daudi Ssemwami and Joseph Oyet.
Despite being absent for five league games at home, he has been a main pillar in the Rugby Sevens National Team double outings of Viña del Mar in Chile and Montevideo in Uruguay in the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, a primary new qualification format of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Ofoyroth finished the South America tour with 38 points including three trys against Paraguay, one against strong Germans and Brazil.
Uganda managed to finish 7th out of the 16 teams, to be among the 8 teams that qualified for the second and last HSBC World Rugby Sevens series qualifier to be held in Hong Kong this October.
Best Footballer – Robert Ssentongo (Kyetume)
He beat Brian Aheebwa and David Bagoole.
The veteran striker has been influential for Kyetume that is seeking to survive relegation. He has scored seven goals in six games he featured for the Mukono side in both league and Uganda Cup in February. Six goals came from the league with four assists and man of match performances in two games. He equalized for Kyetume against Kigezi Home Boys in the Cup and later they went on to win 4-3 in spot kicks to qualify for the round of 32.
Best Football Coach – Jackson Mayanja (Kyetume)
He beat Brian Ssenyondo, Abbey Kikomeko and Wasswa Bbosa.
Out of the six games Kyetume played Jackson Mayanja was charge of four while two taken care by his assistant David Mutono. But in even the two games he was not in charge against Wakiso (1-1) and Proline (1-0) we know Mutono followed the instructions of Mayanja for Kyetume to pick four points against Wakiso and Proline.
Best Swimmer – Kirabo Namutebi
She beat Alexis Kituuka and Avice Meya.
15 years older Swims in 15 and over category
she is third on seals league table having concluded the first round with 14 points (8th Feb). Uganda collected six medals in CANA Zone IV Championships, 20 – 23 February 2020, Gaborone, Kirabo collected five medals out of six
Best Boxer -Shadir Musa (Welter weight)
He beat David Ssemujju and Emily Nakalema.
The National Boxing team Captain punched his way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games through a box-off card during the Africa Olympic qualifiers that were held in Dakar, Senegal last month. He is the only Ugandan that qualified to Tokyo out of the 13 boxers that represented the country in Senegal.
At the tournament he had 4 fights, won 3, he beat Ghana’s Jessie Lartey at the box-off to book his ticket to Japan.
Best Athlete – Joshua Cheptegei
He beat Juliet Chekwel and Hosea Kiplagat.
Cheptegei won the 5KM race in Monaco France by recording 12 minutes and 51 seconds to better his own record of 12:57 which over took Rhonex Kiruto’s 13:18 in 2019.