2016 USPA Sports Personality nominees Onyango, Emong and Wokorach speak out

It’s either Ugandan international Denis Onyango, Rugby Cranes Sevens player Philip Wokorach or Paralympics athlete David Emong who will have their name inscribed on the Uganda Sports Personality of the Year 2016 later this year.

The trio was nominated by the sports scribes’ body (USPA) for the top gong but were also successfully voted in the disciplines as the Male Sports Personalities of the year.

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Cranes players Denis Onyango shows off his African Footballer of the year based on the African continent gong. He is nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award by the Uganda Sports Press Association.

Onyango who is an overwhelming favorite to take the award home, the stop stopper was exceptional for both club and country.

Onyango led his club Mamelodi Sundowns to the South African league and the Telekom Eight title, on top of the CAF Champions League title.

He also guided Uganda to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1978, keeping four clean sheets in the six group games.

Onyango, who was named the best player based on the African continent and made the Africa 2016 dream team said;

It’s an inspiring thing to be voted footballer of the year in a year. I believed I achieved so much as an individual but also with my club and country. To be nominated for sports personality of the year alongside quality sportsmen who also stood out and achieved for the country, is a humbling gesture and I don’t take lightly.

David Emong is a name probably not so many would associate with around the sports circles, but the athlete won Uganda’s only medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he was the sole representative from Uganda.

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David Emong (M) returned to a heroes welcome after he won Uganda’s first and only medal (silver) at the Paralympics games in Rio De Janeiro Brazil.

I’m very happy for having been nominated as Sports Personality of the Year. I wish all the other nominees luck as everyone is a winner

Emong scooped a silver medal in the men’s T46 1500m final the first ever for Uganda, an improved from his fourth place finish at the 2012 London games.

Twice Philip Wokorach had career ending injuries in both his legs but has never been failed to recover, 2016 was one of those years for the Uganda Christian University student.

Phillip Wokorach kicking for Uganda© Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
Rugby Cranes Sevens player Philip Wokorach in action for the national team recently, he is the 2016 Rugby Player of the Year and nominated by the USPA for the Sports Personality of the Year award.

© Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATOWokorach stood out as the Rugby Cranes Sevens won the Africa Cup in September at the expense of Kenya and Namibia, which was a first continental title in the sevens format for Uganda.

All I can say is that I am humbled to have gotten the nomination.  I gave my all in 2016 and I must say it was one of my best years as a rugby player. The players I am nominated with were exceptional, it’s anyone’s award to take home.

At the HSCB World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town Wokorach wrote more headlines forcing the organizers to rank him about the top five sevens’ players in the 2016/2017 World Series. That for the Gala to reveal the winner is yet to be set but it has traditionally April.

USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016

Nominees for Sports Personality of the year
Denis Onyango (Football)
David Emong (Paralympics)
Phillip Wokorach (Rugby)

Nominees for Team of the year
Uganda Cranes
Rugby Cranes
City Oilers

Nominations for Sports Event of the year
National Open Pool Championship
Uganda Golf Open

Note
1. The legendary and best run federation awards are decided by the USPA top executive.
2. The winners of the above awards will be announced at the gala (date will be communicated soon).

Winners in respective sports disciplines

Squash: Ian Rukunya
Netball: Joan Nampungu
Ludo: Sarah Namubiru
Kick boxing: Patricia Apolot
Motocross: Aviv Orland
Weightlifting: Khalid Batuusa
Body Building: Andrew Ssenoga
Boxing: Shadir Musa
Motor rally: Jas Mangat & Ronald Kamya

Rugby
Male: Philip Wokorach
Female: Grace Auma

Basketball
Male: Jimmy Enabu
Female: Judith Nansobya

Hockey
Male: Innocent Mbabali
Female: Doreen Asiimwe

Swimming
Male: Nicholas Malan
Female: Kirabo Namutebi

Darts
Male: Jacob Okidi
Female: Dinah Amoding

Swimming
Male: Nicholas Malan
Female: Kirabo Namutebi

Chess
Male: Harold Wanyama
Female: Joyce Kabengano

Woodball
Male: Onesmus Atamba
Female: Lilian Zawedde

Table Tennis
Male: Gilton Chelibe
Female: Halima Nambozo

Badminton
Male: Brian Kasirye
Female: Shamim Bangi

Pool Table
Male: Sula Matovu
Female: Vickie Namuyanja

Golf
Male: Ronald Otile
Female: Flavia Namakula

Football
Male: Denis Onyango
Female: Hasfa Nassuna

Athlete
Male: David Emong
Female: Juliet Chekwel

Cricket
Male: Henry Ssennyondo
Female: Stephanie Nampiina

Handball
Male: Felix Mukunzi
Female: Muhayimuna Namuwaya

Note: Tennis, Cycling and Volleyball were scrapped off the list this year for being inactive.