ForteBet Real Stars Sports Awards – November Winners
• Woodball – Florence Mukoya
• Golf – Irene Nakalembe
• Athletics – Jacob Kiplimo
• Football – Fauziah Najjemba
• Para Badminton – Elizabeth Rukundo
• Cricket – Riazat Ali Shah
• Netball – Ruth Meeme
Five of the Seven awards given out on Wednesday went to Women as the Real Stars Sports Awards revealed the best athletes for the concluded month of November.
Woodball player Florence Mukoya was among the recipients as the Awards extended wings to more Sports disciplines.
Mukoya won the Women Singles in the stroke competition at the Africa Woodball Championship in Nairobi.
She edges Thomas Keddi and Joan Mukoova to the gong.
“I rarely get such accolades. I am happy to have performed better and am so humbled to have received this. I commend the Woodball Federation for giving me a chance, my coaches and fellow players, my employer Centenary bank for giving me a chance to play the sport,” stated the MUBS student.
Other winners include Golfer Irene Nakalembe, Long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo, Fauziah Najjemba, Para Badminton Player Elizabeth Rukundo, Cricketer Riazat Ali Shah and She Cranes Centre Ruth Meeme.
Nakalembe who won the Uganda Golf Ladies Open recently at home course in Entebbe, edged Martha Babirye and Peace Kabasweke to win her second gong this year at Real Stars.
“I thank God for the accolades. I feel proud. Thanks to the sponsors for these gongs, you keep us motivated to work more and more,” briefly commented Nakalembe.
Meeme beat teammates Shaffie Nalwanja and Stella Oyella to the accolade after her outstanding performance as she Cranes won the Pent Series and finished second at the 2021 Africa Netball Cup.
Meeme commented: “This is a big honour, it surely means a lot and I hope to inspire the gal child out there. The award is not mine alone because it was a team performance.”
Rukundo was named the best Para Badminton player ahead of Hassan Mubiru and Harriet Nakayima after her bronze medal in the wheel chair category at the Uganda Para Badminton International.
Rukondo commented: “I am very happy and glad to be part of the Sport. This means a lot to me and it feels good to represent my country. It feels good to be appreciated. My heart is very thankful.”
Forward Najjemba was named the beat football player overcoming U20 teammate Daphine Nyayenga and Wakiso Giants midfielder Titus Ssematimba.
The Uganda Women U20 captain, who is also nominated for 2021 Airtel FUFA Women Football Player of the year, was the top scorer at the concluded Cecafa U20 championship in Njeru.
The Kampala Queens player, now in camp ahead of the South Africa duel, was represented by his brother Diphas Jjemba who expressed his gratitude and also thanked the organisers and sponsors.
Riazat Ali Sha was named the best Cricket player for his outstanding role as Uganda Cricket Cranes booked a place at the Global Qualifiers.
He edged Cricket Cranes teammates Dinesh Nakran and Frank Nsubuga.
Kiplimo who won the Lisbon Half Marathon in a World Record time of 57.31 seconds, beat Victor Kiplagat who won the Instabul Marathon and Immaculate Chemutai (3rd at Abu Dhabi Marathon) for best Athlete of November.
The awards were issued out by Isaac Mukasa (Real Stars Agency Proprietor), Mark Kayongo (President Uganda Woodball) and Henry Zzimbe (Jude Colour Solutions).