Kakande swept accolades in the categories he was named in, including the big one - Player of the Season or the season’s Most Valuable Player.

SC Villa creative gem Jonah Patrick Kakande was the star boy at the glamorous Pilsner StarTimes Uganda Premier League Awards gala held at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Saturday.  

Kakande swept accolades in the categories he was named in, including the big one – Player of the Season or the season’s Most Valuable Player.

STAR BOY: An excited Jonah Kakande poses with his awards

The youngster, 21, added three more honours to that; being named the Players Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, as well as making the league’s Team of the Season.

Jonah Kakande with his collections

Kakande was instrumental in leading the national record champions, SC Villa, to their first league title in 20 years.

The forward played 26 games, scoring nine goals and assisting on four occasions. He also bagged five Man of the Match accolades along the way.

Kakande beat teammate Ronald Ssekiganda, KCCA striker Muhammad Shaban, Denis Omedi of Kitara and BUL defender Ronald Otti to the MVP award.

The winner in this category had contributions from online voting, which accounted for 40%, with the other percentage decided by a technical panel.

SC Villa’s Dusan Stojanovic beat Kitara’s Brian Ssenyondo and Abdallah Mubiru of KCCA to the Coach of the Season award after helping the Jogoos end their two-decade pain with the side’s 17th league title.

SC Villa league winning coach Dusan Stojanovic at the awards. He won the Coach of the Season award

Kitara striker, Omedi, won the Coaches Player of the Season award, while Shaban’s 17 goals earned the KCCA forward the top scorer accolade.

Shaban Muhammad with his accolades

Villa’s Ssekiganda and BUL’s Otti clinched the midfielder and defender of the season respectively, while Kitara goalkeeper Crispus Kusiima’s impeccable campaign between the sticks earned him the Goalkeeper of the Season gloves.

Ronald Ssekiganda of SC Villa won the Midfielder of the Season award

Ronald Otti of BUL poses with his collection. He was named Defender of the Season

The glamorous event at Sheraton, emceed by Gystin Angarukiremu of the Nation Media Group, was also attended by Uganda Cranes head coach Paul Put and his assistant Sam Ssimbwa.

How it all played out

Coaches’ Player of the season – Denis Omedi

Chrispus Kusiima (Kitara FC) – Goalkeeper of the season

Ronald Otti (BUL FC) – Defender of the season

Ronald Ssekiganda (SC Villa) – Midfielder of the season

Tom Ikara (BUL FC) – Most Clean sheets (12)

Abraham Tusubira (Maroons FC) – Most Assists (10)

Muhammad Shaban (KCCA FC) – Top scorer (17 Goals)

Yunus Sentamu (Vipers SC) – Goal of the season (Against Wakiso Giants FC)

Dusan Stonjanovic – Coach of the season

Vipers SC – Fair Play Team of the Season (33 Yellow Cards and 1 Red Card)

Henry Balamaze Lwanga (RIP)- Platinum Award

Best XI of the Season
Chrispas Kusiima (Kitara FC), Joseph Dhata (NEC FC), Nicholas Mwere (BUL FC), Ronald Otti (BUL FC), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa), Ronald Ssekiganda (SC Villa), Joel Sserunjogi (KCCA FC), Abraham Tusubiira (Maroons FC), Muhammad Shaban (KCCA FC), Patrick Jonah Kakande (SC Villa), Denis Omedi (Kitara FC)