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Okello wins Airtel FUFA Player of the Year Award

KCCA forward Allan Okello was crowned the Ugandan Best Footballer of Year at a glamorous function at the 2019 Airtel Fufa Awards in Munyonyo.

Okello beat his teammates Mustafa Kizza and Proline midfielder Bright Anukani to the award.

“Am feeling so excited today, it’s a great honour for me to finally win this award. I was on the podium last year and came second, but it’s great that I win it this year,” Okello said.

“I want to thank my coach Mike Mutebi for giving me the opportunity and always pushing me to perform at my best, I also want to thank Coach Abdallah Mubiru for spotting my talent at Kibuli,” he added.

Okello then appreciated his teammate Kizza, with whom they have grown through the ranks at KCCA since they joined the club’s academy.

“It has been a good fight against some of the top talents my brother Mustafa Kizza and Bright Anukani, I want to congratulate you as well. It’s a great honour to be playing with you (Kizza) and I hope for better in the future,”

He then dedicated the award to his late mother. “I want to dedicate this award to my late mother, but then appreciate my father for not giving up on me and raising us up. Thank you.”

Other winners on the night included Shafik Bisaso as coach of the year, Julie Nalukenge as female footballer of the year and SC Villa’s Gavin Kizito as the Upcoming Talent of the year.

All Winners:

Airtel Male Footballer of the Year:  Allan Okello

Airtel Female Footballer of the Year: Juliet Nalukenge

Airtel – FUFA Fans Team of the year: Acholi Province

Airtel – FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year: Sulaiman Ochero

Airtel – FUFA Member Association of the Year: Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA)

Airtel – FUFA Fans Favourite Foreign based player of the Year:  Abdul Lumala

Airtel – FUFA Upcoming Talent of the Year: Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa & Uganda U-20)

Airtel – FUFA Best Squad (Team): Team of 1978

Airtel – FUFA Fair Play Award: Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club

Airtel – FUFA Women Football Coach of the Year: Ayub Khalifa

Airtel – FUFA Male Football Coach of the Year: Shafiq Bisaso (Former Proline Head Coach)

Airtel – Male Best XI: Joel Mutakubwa (GK) (Kyetume/Tooro), Paul Willa (Vipers/Police), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), John Revita (KCCA/Express), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers/Tooro), Allan Okello (KCCA), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Viane Ssekajugo (Wakiso/Ondu), Mike Mutyaba (KCCA) and Bright Anukani (Proline)

Airtel – Female Best XI: Daisy Nakazkiro (GK), Florence Naziz, Shadia Nankya, Marion Amangat, Viola Namuddu, Rita Nabbosa, Phiona Nabbumba, Fauzia Najjemba, Maureen Kinavudori, Juliet Nalukenge, Nassuna Hasifa

FUFA Nantameggwa Winner: Henry Lubulwa

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