2017 USPA Squash player of the year:
- Michael Kawooya
Uganda’s number one squash player, Michael Kawooya is excited after being named as the best squash player of the 2017 by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).
Kawooya was on Monday, 8th January 2018 confirmed at the sports journalists’ first meeting of the year held at Scarlet hall, Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
The great news about his success found him in Belgium where he has just concluded the 2018 Fitlink Open.
“This is very great and I cannot believe it!!!” He exclaimed.
Kawooya who had a splendid 2017 year with the Prime General Supplies Cup and CSK Rwanda Open successes, also attested this is a dream realized;
This is another dream come true this year and more to come.
I thank all my sponsors and those who have made me achieve this like Hon William Byaruhanga , Kampala the club Limited and all the others who are not mentioned here but they are very supportive to me as well as all press people who are been supporting the squash game too, my family and wife.
Kawooya is in Beligum where he has been taking part in the just concluded Fitlink open.
In Belgium, he overcame Lode Van Baekel 3-0 winning 3-11, 9-11, 8-11 in 31 minutes.
During the second game, Kawooya fell to Spaniard Nilo Vadal 3-0, recording 8-11, 3-11, 5-11 in half an hour of action.
He also lost to Belgian Cedric De Vos 3-2 in a game that last one hour and one minute.
Kawooya fell behind in the first two sets 11-8 and 11-7 before recovering to take the subsequent two sets 9-11 and 5-11 and force a decicer.
In the decider, De Vos triumphed 11-8.
The would be fourth game was not played as the Ugandan top seed got a walk over Alexandre Benassi.
During his last game at the 2018 Fitlink tourney, Kawooya lost 3-0 to Toon Van Baekel in just 25 minutes.
Van Baekel avenged for the first round loss winning 6-11, 5-11 and 5-11 five minutes less of half an hour.
OTHER 2017 TOP USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES:
- Male: David Emong
- Female: Josephine Lalamu
- Isaac Mubirikwa
- Male: Brian Kasirye
- Female: Husna Kobusingye
- Male: Jimmy Enabu
- Female: Vilma Achen
- Muzamiru Kakande
- Male: Patrick Kawuma
- Female: Mariam Nakanyike
- Male: Kenneth Waiswa
- Female: Gertrude Chandiru
- Charles Kato
- Male: Ronald Mwanje
- Female: Linda Ochen
- Male: Emmanuel Baguma
- Female: Dorren Mbabazi
RALLY CREW OF THE YEAR:
- Christakis Fitidis and Eric Nzamwita
- Male: Tendo Mukalazi
- Female: Avice Meya
- Hakim Ssempereza
- Male: Ryan Ssekulima
- Female: Halima Namboozo
- Duncan Mugabe
- Male: Fahad ‘The Bee’ Ssewankambo
- Female: Victoria ‘Vicky’ Namuyanja
- Male: Phillip Wokoroach
- Female: Samiya Ayikoru
- Male: Ronald Rugumayo
- Female: Martha Babirye
- Peace Proscovia
- Patricia Apolot
- Male: George Aporu
- Female: Margret Namayalo
- Male: Geofrey Sserunkuma
- Women: Vanesa Edith Karungi
To Be announced at the USPA Gala (Date will be communicated in the Due Course)
Team of the year 2017:
- City Oil Basketball Club
- Uganda Cricket Cranes
- Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) football club
- Uganda Pool Cranes
- Uganda Netball She Cranes
Overall Sports Personality of the year 2017:
- Geofrey Sserunkuma (Uganda Cranes striker)
- Peace Proscovia (Netballer)
- David Emong (Para Athlete)
- Phillip Wokorach (Rugby player)
Best Sports Organized Event of the year 2017:
- IAAF World Cross Country Championship
- FIVB Africa Zone 5 Championship
- Uganda Golf Open
- Africa Rugby 7’s