By Fred Kyambadde
At a well decorated Victoria Hall of the Serena International Hotel winners’ podium on the Uganda Premier league awards Friday night, Kampala Capital City Authority left back Joseph Ochaya was crowned most valuable player of the year()MVP.
Ochaya was voted the best footballer of the 2015/16 Uganda Premier league, a reward that was welcomed up by a brand new Subaru Forester, a glittering trophy and an Azam TV Decoder
After winning the KCCA Most Valuable Player of the season, in a humble speech Ochaya
“I think I deserved it”
.The event was attended by the country’s first son, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, FUFA, Uganda Cranes’ head coach Milutin Sredejovic, footballers, club officials, politicians, coaches, journalists and a host of other invited guests across the divide.
As the day’s MC’s Flavia Tumusiime and Patrick Kanyomozi were walking on stage, the red carpet event, screened live on Television to billions across the country and the continent started
The MC’s invited the FUFA Super league limited (FSLL) board chairperson, Arinaitwe Rugyendo for the day’s opening remarks.
After the first set of awards were given out by the team captain of the legendary 1978 Uganda Cranes Jimmy Kirunda accompanied by cranes coach Sredejovic to the podium.
They gave out the best coach award (Mike Mutebi), goalkeeper’s coach award (Kenneth Magada), and Best referee (Brian Miiro Nsubuga) and fair play accolade to Ivan Ssewanyana.
Next on stage was the FUFA third Vice president, Dennis Ssebuggawo Mbidde whose antidote that narrated the fond memories with the chief guest kept many alert.
Mbidde, representing the 16 top flight clubs on the FUFA Executive lauded the clubs that are following the trend towards professionalism.
He was joined by the FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson to give out the fan of the year award to KCCA’s comical supporter Ali ‘Mabeere’ Kafeero, Upcoming player gong (Halid Lwaliwa), longest serving player in the league (Simeon Masaba) and the Most exciting player on TV – SC Villa’s Martin Kizza.
Other awards that followed were given to the diligent sports journalists who sacrificed their meagre energy, financial and time resources to cover every inch of the league with passion, commitment and ultimate dedication.
The Music Diva, Winnie Nwagi of the Musawo entertained the quests and the crowd with songs.
Then KCCA’s David Tamale taking home the best CEO award and URA’s Robert being crowned the top scorer with 18 goals in the season.
Next on stage was the Makindye West Member of Parliament, Allan Ssewanyana to present the awards the followed thereafter.
Having 16 clean sheets to his name, Mathias Muwanga, formerly at Sadolin Paints but now at URA beat Vipers Ismail Watenga and KCCA’s Benjamin Ochan to the best goalkeeper award.
Jinja Municipal Council Hippos (JMC)defender Musa Walangaira took home the best defender award as KCCA’s crafty midfielder was voted the best in the department beating Richard Wandyaka (formerly at JMC Hippos) and Ibrahim Kayiwa (formerly at Express) to the award.
Musa Esenu was the fans’ pick of the season before Moses Magogo took to the podium for a brief speech.
He read out the best eleven of the season, rewarded the life time achiever Hajji Abasi Kawasaki Mukasa before Major Gen. Muhoozi took to the floor.
2016 Uganda Premier Awards (All Winners):
Footballer of the Season (MVP): Joseph Ochaya (KCCA)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Mathias Muwanga (Sadolin Paints)
Defender of the Season: Musa Walangalira (JMC Hippos)
Midfielder of the Season: Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA)
Top Scorer: Robert Ssentongo (URA) – 18 goals
Coach of the Season: Mike Ray Mutebi (KCCA)
Goalkeeping coach of the Season: Kenneth Magada (Sadolin Paints)
Young Player of the Season: 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)