December 9, 2021

Airtel FUFA Awards: It’s Kambale, Kayondo, Byaruhanga for the top honour

By Allan Damba
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As the Airtel FUFA Awards gala draws close, the football governing body’s organising committee has revealed the final three nominations for the male player of the year, upon which the best of 2021 will be decided.

With just ten days to the coveted Airtel FUFA Awards gala, the final shortlist for the Male Player of the year category has been released by the organizing committee.

The coveted list includes Vipers SC duo of Bobosi Byaruhanga and Abdul Aziiz Kayondo alongside Express Football Club talisman Erick Kenzo Kambale.

The Awards gala will be held on Saturday, December 4 at Speke Resort Munyonyo with winners in the Male and Female categories driving away in brand new cars.

Venom defender, Kayondo was part of the Uganda U20 team that reached the finals of the January 2021 U20 AFCON in Mauritania. He was named in the best XI of the tournament.

He was promoted to the U23 National Team and played at the CECAFA U23 Challenge Cup in Ethiopia. The left back also featured for Uganda at CHAN in Cameroon.

This year, Kayondo made his debut for the Senior Team (Uganda Cranes) against Rwanda at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

His compatriot, Bobosi Byaruhanga was also part of the Uganda U20 dream team that made wonders in January.

He also made his debut with the Uganda Cranes this year, in the friendly game against South Africa.

He featured in all the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches for Uganda to cap off a brilliant year. Only him and Dennis Iguma started every game.

Both Bobosi and Kayondo helped Vipers win the Stanbic Uganda Cup in a final where they trumped BUL FC 8-1.

Bobosi was named the best midfielder of the 2020/21 Stanbic Uganda Cup season and was as well named the MVP of the inaugural Startimes Uganda Premier League All Star game.

Each faces stiff competition from Red Eagle, Kambale. He scored 15 goals in the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League, just one behind eventual top scorer Yunus Sentamu.

Kambale played a key role as Express FC went ahead to win the StarTimes Uganda Premier League this year, the first for the club in nine years.

Express represented Uganda in this year’s CAF Champions League. Despite getting eliminated at the preliminary stage, Kambale got a goal to his name in a first leg tie with Al-Merriekh.

He was instrumental as Express won their first CECAFA Kagame Club Cup, scoring two goals in the tournament.

He also helped the ‘Mukwano Gwabangi’ reach the semifinals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup before getting eliminated by BUL FC in a 2-0 loss.

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