To many he was the least deserving when the 2018 Airtel FUFA Awards nominees were announced, but it was Moses Waiswa who walked away with the biggest prize on a night ‘football excellence’ was celebrated.
On a night where a total of 15 awards were given out, Moses Waiswa who plies his trade with Vipers Sports and a Ugandan international, came out on top at the expense of Viane Ssekajugo (Onduparaka) and Allan Okello (KCCA).
“This has been a mission and it is accomplished,” Waiswa said in his acceptance speech at a function held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
“Now it is time to set new targets for myself, club and the national team.”
“I want to thank my parents for being behind my success, club president Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa, FUFA for organizing such a great function especially Eng. Moses Magogo, my Vipers family, the Uganda Cranes, players and coaches, my fans as a player and all football lovers.”
“As well as the fourth estate for the work, well done. To my fellow players and competitors, take courage a lot is yet to come,” he said.
Waiswa was part of the Vipers team that won the 2017/2018 top flight league and has been part of the Cranes journey as the team qualified for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.
Crested Cranes and UCU shot stopper Ruth Aturo was voted the female player of the year beating national captain and Kawempe Moslems midfielder Tracy Akiror together with Shadiah Nankya of. Uganda Martyrs.
Aturo was voted best goalkeeper at the CECAFA and COSAFA women’s championships, she put up spirited and match winning performances at both tournaments.
Winners in summary
Male Player of the year: Moses Waiswa
Female Player of the year: Ruth Aturo
Big league player of the year: Noel Nasasira
Promising player of the year: Mustafa Kizza
Coach of the year: Mike Mutebi
Referee of the year: Brian Miiro Nsubuga
Upcoming Referee of the year: Nabukenya Shamirah
Fans Favourite Foreign based player: Dennis Onyango
Fans Favourite home based player: Allan Okello
Best XI: Samson Kirya, Timothy Dennis Awany, Henry Katongole, Mustafa Kizza, Nicholas Kasozi, Moses Waiswa, Allan Okello, Viane Sekaajugo, Nelson Senkatuka, Mzee Dan Sserunkuuma
Beach soccer player of the year: Meddie Kibirige
Presidential Award: Lawrence Mulindwa
Fair play award: Maroons FC
Junior league player of the year: Abdu Wahid
Fan of the year: Khasim Kyazze