For a third year running, a Ugandan player will be recognized by Football256 for their distinguished performances across the previous 12 months.
Standing the test of time, the award has gained bigger repute and mileage from the football faithful; lovers, readers, writers, presenters, analysts, reporters and so forth.
Paradou AC midfielder Allan Okello emerged triumphant at the award’s birth in 2019. A year later, Nicholas Wadada scooped it for his impressive outings with Tanzania’s Azam FC.
Despite the nomination mantle lying with a select 30-man panel of football journalists, the voting process will be open to every Football256 reader, starting on October 1 to November 17, 2021.
Each of the journalists came up with a list of three names, with 20, 15 and 10 points descendingly awarded to the first, second and third.
A total of 16 players made the coveted list which will in the process be trimmed to ten and eventually to a final three, with the winner set to be announced on November 18, 2021.
Goalkeepers Dennis Onyango, Isma Watenga and Simon Tamale have each made the cut for their outstanding performances across the year.
Express FC defender Enoch Walusimbi had a stellar 2020/21 campaign and it looks as though things are only getting better for him this year, alongside him is compatriot, Murushid Juuko.
Bobosi Byaruhanga is no surprise name among the best performers this year, URA FC captain Shafik Kagimu and prolific forward and teammate Steven Mukwala join the conversation for the best of 2021.
Derrick Kakooza needs no introduction despite being only 18 years. Despite presently being at Express, Joseph Akandanwaho’s Bright Stars’ exploits earned him recognition.
Last season’s league top scorer, Yunus Sentamu also made the cut, together with Express’ Eric kambale. Taddeo Lwanga has earned his name to the list with his impressive performances for Simba SC over the last year.
FC Ashdod (Israel Premier League) stars Fahad Bayo and defender Timothy Awany have also had stellar campaigns over the last year. The other is Uganda Cranes and CF Montreal’s Mustafa Kizza.
The Nominees: Joseph Akandwanaho, Derrick Kakooza, Simon Tamale, Mustapha Kizza, Eric Kambale, Yunus Ssentamu, Taddeo Lwanga, Dennis Onyango, Enoch Walusimbi, Shafik Kagimu, Murushid Juuko, Fahad Bayo, Steven Mukwala, Timothy Awany, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Ismail Watenga
Journalists who nominated: Peter Tabu – Radio City, Ismael Kiyoga – Kawowo Sports / Akaboozi, Clive Kyazze – Football256 / Sanyu FM, Shafik Ssenoga – New Vision, Abdusalama Kigozi – Chimp Reports, Brian Aheebwa – Football256, Brian Kawalya – The Sports Nations, Daniel Nsubuga – Swift Sports, David Gombe – Swift Sports, David Isabirye – Kawowo Sports, Denis Bbosa – Daily Monitor / NTV Edwin Kule – Football256, Martin Kaddu – Next Media, Peace Diane Bagala – CBS / BBS / Football256, Michael Kigozi – Next Media, Muzamir Mayiga – Bukedde FM, Shaban Lubega – The Sports Pearl, Shafik Kiyaga – Next Media, Solomon Ssaka – Next Media, Ronnie Lusulire – Big Whale, Yusuf Kabenge – Next Media, Elvis Ssenono – Daily Monitor, Brian Tuka – Capital FM