Kampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | Africa’s best home-based football player of 2016 Denis Onyango is favourite to be named Uganda’s Sportsman Of The Year 2016 on Friday night.
Onyango, named best African Player of the Year Based in Africa early this year, is one of three nominate for the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Personality Of The Year award.
Others nominated are Olympian Emong and rugby player Phillip Wokorach. USPA has already named them top in their individual sports in 2016.
The Uganda Sports Personality of the Year will be announced at the sh100m Nile Breweries sponsered USPA gala at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala Friday. NSSF are USPA’s other partners for the glamarous awards ceremony. (click for live feed)
Senior Presidential advisor Maj.Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba will be the chief guest at the Ugandan sports oscars.
At the last awards, golfer Ronald Otile was named the country’s Sports Personality of 2015.
The awards are one of Uganda’s oldest, with USPA having annually awarded the best since the early 70s. Sabiti Muwanga is the President USPA.
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South Africa based Denis Onyango was named Uganda’s footballer of the year after guiding Uganda Cranes and his club Sundowns to historic performances.
He was in goal as Uganda Cranes qualified for the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1978, then led his club to the African Club Championship title – the first Ugandan to win the honour. His club also competed at the World Club Championships.
David Emony was named Uganda’s athlete of the year after his historic medal exploits in the para-Olympics event at the Rio Olympics. Emong gave Uganda her first ever Paralympics medal, winning silver in 1500m – T46 final in Rio.
Emong, 26, was Uganda’s only athlete at the competition. The T46 disability sport classification is a group for track and field athletes missing their arm from near the top of their arm.
He is a Uganda 7s international who has had an outstanding year. He was the star as Uganda lifted their maiden Africa Rugby Cup Sevens title in Nairobi.
Uganda’s victory in the African Rugby 7s in Nairobi booked them a place in three major tournaments, Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens and the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December plus the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in March.
USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016
Nominees for Sports Personality of the year
Denis Onyango (Football)
David Emong (Paralympics)
Phillip Wokorach (Rugby)
Nominees for Team of the year
Nominations for Sports Event of the year
National Open Pool Championship
Uganda Golf Open
BEST RUN FEDERATION OF 2016
**The winners of the above awards will be announced at the gala (see live feed page 2).
The USPA LEGEND AWARD – SHEILA AGONZIBWE
Winners in respective sports disciplines
Male: David Emong
Female: Juliet Chekwel
The crew of Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya
Male: Ronald Otile
Female: Flavia Namakula
Male: Henry Ssenyondo
Female: Stephanie Nampina
Male: Sula Matovu
Female: Vicky Namuyanja
Male: Brian Kasirye
Female: Shamim Bangi
Male: Gilton Chelibe
Female: Halima Nambozo
Male: Onesmus Atamba
Female: Lillian Zawedde
Male: Phillip Wokorach
Female: Grace Auma
Male: Jimmy Enabu
Female: Judith Nansobya
Male: Harold Wanyama
Female: Joyce Kabengano
Male: Jacob Okidi
Female: Dinah Amoding
Male: Felix Mukunzi
Male: Nicholas Malani
Female: Kirabo Namutebi
Male: Innocent Mbabali
Female: Doreen Asiimwe
**** (see flashback to 2015 awards and 2016 awards LIVE FEED page 2)