Pilsner UPL player of the month (November): Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City F.C)
Pilsner UPL coach of the month (November): Charles Livingstone Mbabazi (Mbarara City F.C)
For the second time this season, the Uganda Premier League best coach and player of the month have been rewarded with a million each.
Top Bet sponsored Mbarara City Football Club’s duo of Paul Mucureezi and Charles Livingstone Mbabazi were crowned as the respective best player and coach for the month of November 2018.
The awarding ceremony took place at Kati-Kati Restaurant, Lugogo in Kampala on Monday,December 10, 2018.
Whereas Mucureezi was present to receive his award and cash worth Shs 1M, Mbabazi sent in a representative (club Chief Executive Officer Sadam Mugarula) who received the accolade on his behalf.
Mucureezi beat KCCA defender Denis Timothy Awany in a two-man contest after Police’s Juma Balinya declined to be on the nomination list fronting religious reasons (award is sponsored by a beer company – Uganda Breweries Limited under the Pilsner brand).
In the same vein, Police’s Abdallah Mubiru declined to be named on the nomination list.
The monies were officially handed over by Edgar Kihumulo, the brand manager for Pilsner.
Paul Mucureezi, Mbarara City FC player
It is a great honour to be recognized and I am humbled to receive this monthly award. I want to keep working hard to win more similar awards and also become the best player in the country by the end of the season
Uganda Premier League board chairperson Arinaitwe Rugyendo congratulated the winners as he lauded the sponsor for the continued commitment.
He also appreciated the media for promoting the game. He briefly hinted on the tricky situation where muslim players and coaches have continued to turn down the accolades.
Uganda Premier League board chairman, Arinaitwe Rugyendo
I wish to thank Uganda Breweries Limited for this sponsorship. I thank the media for promoting the game. We are also very concerned by the fact that some coaches and players have continued to decline the awards when picked. But, at the same time, we are in a catch 22 situation. We need the sponsors to keep the game running. When you look around, this league has been previously sponsored by betting firms and beer companies. It is a right of a person to withdraw. We are trying our level best to come up with a win-win situation.
By the close of October 2018, Kirinya-Jinja S.S striker Joel Madondo and Vipers’ Javier Martinez Espinoza were the first winners of the monthly gongs.
Besides the monthly awards, there are also man of the match accolades that come with Shs 100,000 and a plaque per player chosen.