There were unconvinced murmurs in the audience as Muzamir Mutyaba was crowned the Fufa best male player on Friday at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
He beat Buildcon goal getter Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Vipers midfielder Tadeo Lwanga to the award and prize car.
Sserunkuma, the purists’ odds-on favourite was represented by his wife as he settled for a nomination in the Fufa best XI team.
The tension was so high for Mutyaba that he developed ulcer complications moments before the guest of honour Alex Onzima handed him the keys to his brand new Altezza car.
“I thank everyone that contributed to this award. It is going to motivate me while on duty with the Cranes and I hope to get professional football opportunities after this,” Mutyaba told Daily Monitor.
Meanwhile, Lwanga, with poise, accepted defeat.
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. “Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday,” he said.
Olilah High’s Fazilah Ikwaput dethroned Kawempe Muslim forward Hassifah Nassuna and vowed to continue with the impressive run of form.
“I thank God that my hard work has been paid, I now want to win more accolades with my team,” she said.
Upon retaining the best coach award, KCCA manager Mike Mutebi dedicated it to Fufa for ‘appreciating the role of a football manager’.
“This award also belongs to my fellow coaches that have been giving me ideas especially in the continental games we played,” he added.
Fufa president Moses Magogo enumerated the many achievements attained during his reign including staging the awards for a third straight year.
“From Shs400m to Shs17bn budget now, we have come from far. This is not accidental but lots of hard work,” he said.
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The awards dinner, lit up by the energetic performance of diva Irene Ntale, also offered monetary gains to all winners and nominees.
FUFA AWARDS WINNERS
Fufa Best Female player – Fazilah Ikwaput
Fufa Male Player of the year – Muzamir Mutyaba
FUFA Presidential Award – Muhammod Kalema
Fufa best coach - Mike Mutebi (KCCA)
Best referee - Brian Miiro Nsubuga
Best upcoming referee - Keneddy Kasadha
Best Beach soccer player - Nasser Lwamunda
Fans’ best player (home) - Emmanuel Okwi
Fans’ best player (abroad) - Denis Onyango
Fair play award - KCCA FC
Fufa Best XI:
Isma Watenga (Vipers), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), John Adriko
(SC Villa), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka), Tadeo Lwanga (SC
Villa/Vipers), Gadafi Gadihno (Onduparaka), Muzamir Mutyaba (KCCA), Geoffrey
Sserunkuma (KCCA), Emmanuel Okwi (SC Villa/ Simba,Tz), Shaban Muhammad