July 5, 2022

Vipers take Lion’s share at End of the Season Awards

By Allan Damba
Cesar Manzoki was the player of the season on a night he walked away with six awards | UPL Images

Vipers SC were the biggest victors at the 2022 Pilsner End of the Season SUPL Awards, taking home nine accolades overall, more than any other club.

Venoms’ star forward Cesar Manzoki was the biggest individual winner, with five awards to his name in the event held at Kati Kati Restaurant, Lugogo on Friday.

Manzoki won the Most Valuable Player of the Season beating Milton Karisa and Muhammad Shaban.

The Emperor also won the Player’s Player of the Season as voted for by the 16 Uganda Premier League captains.

He also won the Forward of the Season accolade. In this category, he beat off competition from front partner Yunus Sentamu and Shaban.

For the other gong, the shirt nine yet again beat Karisa for the Playmaker of the Season after racking nine assists. The two tied on the tally but Manzoki was selected ahead for garnering more goals.

Manzoki scored 18 goals as the Venoms won the fifth league title with five games to spare. With the tally, he won the golden boot, but also won the Goal-scorer of the Season award on the evening.

Vipers skipper, Halid Lwaliwa, also won big as he scooped the Defender of the Season Award, beating defensive partner Livingstone Mulondo and Arua Hill SC’s Bright Joseph Vuni.

Siraje Ssentamu was also voted the Midfielder of the Season, with the colossus getting the nod over teammate Bobosi Byaruhanga and Soltilo Bright Stars’ Marvin Joseph Youngman.

Brazilian Coach, Roberto Oliveira has as expected, won the Coach of the Season after showing absolute dominance in his maiden campaign.

Robertinho won the title with a record 18-point difference (74) over the runners-up, KCCA FC (56).

Arua Hill SC’s Rashid Kawawa has been named the Young Player of the Season, as UPDF took home the Fair Play award.

Shaban was named the Coaches’ Player of the Season, with the 16 league tacticians the voters.

To cap the evening, honorary FUFA President, Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa was recognized with a Platinum Award for his continuous support towards the development of football in the country.

The Winners

Player of the Season – Cesar Manzoki (Vipers)

Top Goal scorer of the season – Cesar Manzoki (Vipers)

Most Assists of the season – Cesar Manzoki (Vipers)

Forward of the season – Ceasar Manoki (Vipers)

Midfielder of the season – Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers)

Defender of the season – Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers)

Goalkeeper of the season – Richard Anyama (Arua Hill)

Coach of the season – Roberto Oliveira (Vipers)

Young Player of the season – Abdulahi Rashid Kawawa (Arua Hill)

Players’ player of the season – Cesar Manzoki (Vipers)

Coaches’ Player of the season – Shaban Muhammad (Onduparaka)

Fair Play Team of the season – UPDF FC

UPL Best XI – Richard Anyama (Arua Hill), James Begisa (UPDF), Herbert Achai (KCCA), Bright Vuni (Arua Hill), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Siraje Sentamu (Vipers), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Simon Peter Oketch (BUL), Shaban Muhammad (Onduparaka), Cesar Manzoki (Vipers),

Platinum Award – Lawrence Mulindwa

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