At exactly 2000hrs (EAT) the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya opened the envelope and announced Bobosi Byaruhanga as the Airtel FUFA Male player of the year.
Byaruhanga who was on the stage with other nominees in Eric Kambale and Abdu Aziz Kayondo walked off straight to his mother and hugged her.
Before saying in his acceptance speech: “I come from far, I come from Kisoro.”
“Having lost my father at a young age, I and my siblings were raised my mother with little hope until someone organised airtel rising Stars.”
“It has been a long tough journey to see me even play on the national team today,” Byaruhanga added.
The recognition caps off a stellar year for Bobosi who was named the best midfielder of the 2021 Stanbic Uganda Cup, a trophy won by his club after demolishing BUL FC 8-1 in the final.
He was later on named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the inaugural StarTimes Uganda Premier League All Star game.
Earlier on this year in January, he was part of the Uganda Hippos team that finished second at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Mauritania where they lost 2-0 to Ghana in the final.
It is such performance that earned him a senior national team call up making his debut in a friendly against South Africa in July.
He has not looked back, going on to play in all the Uganda Cranes’ six games in their failed 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
The former St. Mary’s Secondary School, Kitende player, walked away with a brand new Subaru Forester at the awarding ceremony held on Saturday, December 4 at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.
It should be noted that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Airtel FUFA Awards were not held in 2020 but Allan Okello had won it in 2019.
Express head coach Wasswa Bbosa and Uganda U20 Women captain Fauzia Najjemba were named the Coach of the Year and Female Player of the Year respectively at the ceremony.
The other award winners
Men’s Football Coach of the year – Wasswa Bbosa (Express FC).
FUFA Presidential Award – Mark Sali (Journalist).
FUFA Member Association – (Uganda Youth Football Association).
Women’s Football Coach of the Year – Fred Musiime (Lady Doves FC)
Beach Soccer Player of the year – Emmanuel Wasswa (St. Lawrence University).
Futsal Player of the year – Travis Mutyaba (Synergy FC).
Fair Play Award – Police FC
Fans Favourite Ugandan Player – Fahad Bayo (Ashdod FC)
Women’s Best XI 2021 – Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves FC), Samalie Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Sumaya Komuntale(Tooro Queens), Shadia Nankya(UCU Lady Cardinals), Aisha Nantongo(Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Joan Naggayi(She Maroons), Magret Kunihira(Kawempe Muslim), Riticia Nabbosa(Lady Doves), Fazila Ikwaput(Lady Doves), Hadijah Nandago(Kawempe Muslim, Fauzia Najjemba(Kampala Queens)
Men’s Best XI 2021 – Mathias Muwanga (Express FC), Ashraf Mandela (URA FC), Abdul Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), Murushid Juuko (Express FC), Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Bobosi Byaruhanga(Vipers SC), Shafik Kagimu(URA FC), Ibrahim Orit(Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (URA FC), Caesar Manzoki (Vipers SC), Eric Kenzo Kambale (Express FC)