KAMPALA. Rugby Cranes star Phillip Wokorach believes it is only God who will open his door if he is to achieve the main honour at the Nile Special Uspa Awards gala tomorrow.
He is nominated for the main prize for a third year in a row alongside three others long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei, She Cranes star Lillian Ajio and Uganda Cranes’ goalkeeper.
“Nothing much really,” Wokorach opened up about his expectations at the gala set for Imperial Royale Hotel.
“I believe I did my part and the fans are also doing their part so the rest will be left in the hands of God. May His will be done,” he said.
Wokorach had a classic 2018 where he led his club Kabras Sugar to the Kenya Cup (15s league) title and the Enterprise Cup (equivalent of Uganda Cup) finals. He was named as Kabras’ club MVP in both 15s and 7s. With his franchise team Samurai, he was named MVP and also was top scorer at the Amsterdam 7s in Netherlands. He was as well second top scorer at the Algarve 7s in Portugal. For the Rugby Cranes, he scored most points for Uganda in the Africa Gold Cup over the 15s format and no player from Africa scored more tries than he did at 7s World Cup in San Francisco, USA.
On his previous two attempts however, Wokorach has lost the main award to Onyango in 2016 and para-athlete David Emong at the 2017 gala.
Should he win it though on Friday, he will not be able to pick it at the podium as he is away representing Uganda at the Hong Kong 7s Qualifier on the HSBC World Rugby Series.
“If I win it, my mother will pick my prize,” he remarked. “I just want to thank Uspa at large for the great work they are doing. This means a lot to the athletes and it also motivates them to work harder and become better,” he added.
Rugby last had a winner of the main gong in 2009 and was the MTN Heathens club.
2017: David Emong (Para-athletics)
2016: Denis Onyango (Football)
2015: Ronald Otile (Golf)
2014: Peace Proscovia (Netball)
2013: Stephen Kiprotich (Athletics)
2012: Stephen Kiprotich (Athletics)
2011: Susan Muwonge (Motorsport)