Striker Fauzia Najjemba and Midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga were on Saturday night named the Airtel FUFA Female and Male Player respectively in a glamorous function at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.
The event ran under the theme ‘Celebrating Uganda’s Finest Football Personalities.’
Najjemba who is the captain at Kampala Queens FC beat off competition from Lady Doves duo Fazila Ikwaput and Daisy Nakaziro to claim the crown.
On the other hand, Byaruhanga who plies his trade at Vipers SC beat teammate Abdul Aziizi Kayondo and Express FC talisman Erick Kenzo Kambale to take the award.
The duo drove away in brand new cars on top of a cash prize of one million shillings each as the reward for their sweat.
Najjemba who finished as top scorer at CECAFA Women’s U20 Championship with 11 goals was full of joy and lauded her colleagues both at club and Nations Team.
“First of all, I want to thank the Almighty Allah for this moment. I’m happy but at the same time nervous. This award means a lot to me,” Najjemba said.
“I want to thank my family and parents for giving me the chance to play football. I thank FUFA for giving girls the opportunity to showcase our talents.”
The lethal forward who is a product of the Airtel Rising Stars projected highlighted the importance of Airtel and lauded them for the great work.
“I’m proud product of the Airtel Rising Stars and I take this opportunity to thank the Airtel brand for always supporting football. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to play right from a young age,” she noted.
Vipers SC midfielder Byaruhanga was full of emotions upon being announced and called his mum to the stage in celebration.
In a teary tone, reminisced how they couldn’t afford schools fees after his dad passed on but football gave him a chance to study.
“I lost my father when I was young and school fees became a challenge. It is at this moment that I want to thank Mr. Justus Mugisha who got me from Kisoro and offered me a scholarship at Standard High School, Zzana.” Byaruhanga said while tears rolled down his cheeks.
Winners in different categories
Airtel FUFA Female Player of the year – Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens)
Airtel FUFA Male Player of the year- Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC)
Airtel FUFA President Award – Mark Ssali
Airtel FUFA Beach Soccer Player of the year – Emmanuel Wasswa (St. Lawrence BSC)
Airtel FUFA Futsal Player of the year – Travis Mutyaba ( Synergy Futsal Club)
Airtel FUFA Fair Play Award- Police FC (List number of yellow cards)
Airtel FUFA Member Association Award. – Uganda Youth Football Association
Airtel FUFA Club/Team of a particular year- Uganda U20 National Team