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USPA Awards: Onyango, Wokorach, Emong Battle for the Top Prize

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2016 was a year that had different sports personalities in Uganda excelling on the big stage.

From football to rugby and athletics several personalities achieved including either setting new records or breaking the jink.

The trio of Dennis Masinde Onyango (football), David Emong (Athletics) and Phillip Wokorach (Rugby) however stood out from the rest.

And the three will battle for the coveted 2016 sports personality of the year award organized by the sports scribes under their umbrella body Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).

The awards gala to reward the excelling sports personalities is slated for Friday, July 14 at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala with First son; Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba expected to be the guest of honour.

A look at the sports personality of the year nominees

Dennis Onyango

Onyango needs no introduction to majority of the Ugandans especially for what he has achieved in the past two or three years.

The Uganda Cranes footballer had a splendid year (2016) playing an integral role for both his club (Mamelodi Sundowns) and the national team.

At Sundowns, the shot stopper helped the team win a domestic double (the Premier Soccer League and MTN Telcom 8 Cup).

He was named the best goalkeeper in the league and saved two penalties in the Telcom 8 Cup as Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Kaizer Chiefs.

The success transited even on the continent as Onyango and his club went ahead to become kings of Africa, the first time in the club’s history.

Onyango was later named the best African footballer based in Africa, the first Ugandan to attain the fete but also the first goalkeeper to bag the prize.

On the national team, he was instrumental as the Cranes broke the 39 jinx of not playing at the African Cup of Nations.

David Emong

Emong became the first Ugandan to win a medal at the Paralympic games.

He finished second in 1500m at the Rio, Paralympic games to bag silver.

Phillip Wokorach

Christened the king of side stepping, Phillip Wokorach had a blissful 2016 helping Uganda to win the Africa Cup Rugby 7s.

His brilliant performance earned him a deal at Kenya’s Kabras Sugar where currently plies his trade.

The other categories include, team of the year, best organized sports event among others.

Below is a list of all the nominees and winners of 2016.

NILE SPECIAL 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

Uganda Cranes Rugby Cranes City Oilers

Nominations for Sports Event of the year

National Open Pool Championship Uganda Golf Open

BEST RUN FEDERATION OF 2016

To be announced at the gala individual discipline winners

BOXER OF THE YEAR 2016

SHADIR MUSA

MOTORCROSS RIDER OF THE YEAR 2016

AVIV ORLAND

MALE CHESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

HAROLD WANYAMA

FEMALE CHESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

JOYCE KABENGANO

MALE CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 2016

HENRY SSENYONDO

FEMALE CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 2016

STEPHANIE NAMPINA

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2016

DAVID EMONG

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2016

JULIET CHEKWEL

MALE BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

BRIAN KASIRYE

FEMALE BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

SHAMIM BANGI

MALE TABLE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

GILTON CHELIBE

FEMALE TABLE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

HALIMA NAMBOZO

SQUASH PLAYER O THE YEAR 2016

IAN RUKUNYA

WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR 2016 KHALID BATUUSA

MALE POOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

SULA MATOVU

FEMALE POOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

VICKY NAMUYANJA

KICK BOXER OF THE YEAR 2016

PATRICIA APOLOT

 

BODYBUILDER OF THE YEAR 2016

ANDREW SSENOGA

MALE RUGBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

PHILIP WOKORACH

FEMALE RUGBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

GRACE AUMA

MALE WOODBALLPLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

ONESMUS ATAMBA

FEMALE WOODBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

LILLIAN ZAWEDDE

NETBALLER OF THE YEAR 2016

JOAN NAMPUNGU

MALE HANDBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

FELIX MUKUNZI

FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

LILLIAN AJIO

MALE DARTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

JACOB OKIDI

FEMALE DARTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

DINAH AMODING

MOTORSPORT CREW OF THE YEAR 2016

JAS MANGAT & JOSEPH KAMYA

MALE GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2016

RONALD OTILE

FEMALE GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2016

FLAVIA NAMAKULA

MALE BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

JIMMY ENABU

FEMALE BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

JUDITH NANSOBYA

FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2016

DENIS ONYANGO

FEMALE FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2016

HASFA NASSUNA

LUDO PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

SARAH NAMUBIRU

MALE HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

INNOCENT MBABALI

FEMALE HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

DOREEN ASIIMWE

MALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR 2016

NICHOLAS MALANI

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR 2016

KIRABO NAMUTEBI

2016 monthly winners

January : Ronald Ssebuguzi and Leon Ssenyange

February : Lillian Zawedde

March: Keneddy Katende and Ronald Serugo

April: Betway Kobs

May: Lillian Zawedde and Onesmus Atamba

June: Patricia Apolot

July: Dorcus Ajok

August : Ronald Otile

September: David Emong

October : Denis Onyango

November: Pool Cranes

December: Ndejje University

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