USPA votes goalie Onyango as October’s best sports personality

Dennis Onyango with a routine save during a Mamelodi Sundown’s match

The Uganda Sports Press Associations (USPA) has on Monday voted Uganda Cranes and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Dennis Onyango as the month of October best sports personality.

This was during the sports body’s monthly convention at Lugogo Tennis Courts Hotel, the last monthly assembly held for the 2014-16 Sabiiti Muwanga led regime.

Onyango won CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns after overcoming Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate.

He also became the first Ugandan to achieve the feat after Yunus Sentamu had tried with AS Vita, Patrick Ochan and Mike Mutyaba with TP Mazembe.

The gangly shot stopper beat 2016 National Pool Champion, Sula Matovu, City Oilers basketball team and the Uganda National Golf team to the top award that comes with a plaque and a cash reward of Shs500,000.

How the USPA members voted:

Onyango who was nominated by FUFA FM’s Hamza ‘Africana’ Nsereko and seconded by Prime Radio’s Ronnie Mayanja tallied 675 votes.

The City Oilers basketball team tallied 470 points to take second place. 

Daily Monitor Sports Editor Mark Namanya nominated the City Oilers basketball team and was seconded by NBS TV’s Moses Alsayed Lubega.

The basketball side became the second team from Uganda to win the Zone V Club Championship after Falcons.

New Vision’s Michael Nsubuga nominated the Uganda Golf Team for winning their third East Africa Golf Challenge title in a row scored 465 votes

Nsubuga was seconded by Daily Monitor’s sub-sports editor Innocent Ndawula.

CKI Pool Club player Sula Matovu was nominated by Clive Kyazze and seconded by Solomon Ssaka for winning the 2016 National Pool Championship. Matovu tallied 330 points.

Commendations:

The sports journalists also commended lady golfer Flavia Namakula (won the 2016 Uganda Ladies Golf Open) and Heathens (won the Uganda Cup).

Kick-boxer Moses Golola was also commended for winning a bout in Kenya.

The members who held a moment of silence for the fallen veteran sports journalist and commentator Andrew Patrick Luwandagga will now switch allegiance to the body’s polls slated for the 26th November 2016 at Christ the King Hall in Kampala.

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