Sports scribes under their umbrella body, the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) have voted their best sports personalities of the year 2019.
Female Youngster Juliet Nalukenge and World champion Halima Nakaayi were among the winners announced on Monday 13, 2020 at Imperial Royale Hotel.
Barely two months since she was named the best female footballer in the land at the FUFA awards, young football revelation Juliet Nalukenge has continued to win even in the new decade.
The under 17 women national team captain together with Uganda Cranes forward Emma Okwi have been named the best footballers of 2019 by Uganda’s sports journalists.
Nalukenge was arguably the star in both campaigns as her team won both the COSAFA Under 17 women cup and the inaugural CECAFA u17 girls championships in Mauritius and Uganda respectively.
Emma Okwi was credited for guiding Uganda to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
There were no surprises at all in athletics as World champions Joshua Cheptegei and Halima Nakaayi took the award for best in their sport for 2019.
The two shocked the world with gold medals in the men’s 10000m and women 800metres respectively at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar, not forgetting Cheptegei’s victory in the senior race at the world cross country championships in Arhus, Denmark and his 10km world record in Valencia last December.
NIC’s goal shooter Stella Oyella scooped the netball player of the year award for her performance in the netball world cup where she was named player of the match (twice) and for guiding her club to both the national league title and the East African Netball championship.
In a close bout, middleweight boxer David Semuju beat national featherweight champion Isaac Masembe to the boxer of the year award.
Despite both returning with silverware from the All Africa games, Semujju was more outstanding in the eyes of the scribes.
They are also both part of the thirteen that qualified for the Africa Olympics qualifiers slated for next month in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Mr. Uganda Isaac Mubikirwa is the bodybuilder of the year among other winners.
Sports disciplines like Pool, cycling, and table tennis have been sidelined from this year’s awards because of incompetence and lack of calendar activities.
Sports journalists highlighted the significance of the USPA awards.
The overall winner of the sports personality of the year award will be communicated at the dinner that will take place in March, but 2018 winner Joshua Cheptegei is an odds favorite to defend his crown.