Fortebet Real Stars Awards: Oyella, Okello Among May Winners

Real Stars Winners for May
•Cricket – Janet Mbabazi (Victoria Pearls)
•Netball – Stella Oyella (NIC)
•Football – Fazilah Ikwaput (Lady Doves)
•Athletics – Victor Cherotich
•Basketball – James Okello (City Oilers)

NIC shooter Stella Oyella and City Oilers power forward headline the five winners at the ForteBet Real Stars Sports Awards .

The awards for the best athletes for month of May were recognised on Tuesday at Route256 Restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala.

Victor Cherotich (Athletics), Fazillah Ikwaput (Football) and Janet Mbabazi (Cricket) were the other winners.

Stella Oyella (left) receives her accolade from Awards proprietor Isaac Mukasa

Oyella, who also plays basketball at JKL Lady Dolphins, helped NIC win the East Africa Netball Championship.

She finished as the tournament’s top scorer, notably scoring 37 goals in the final against KCCA at Kamwokya.

Oyella briefly commented: “I am so happy to be named the best of the month, this is another motivating factor for me to yearn for more.”

She beat Jessica Achan of Prisons and KCCA’s Shafie Nalwanja.

James Okello (right)

Okello was named the best Basketball player of the month, edging his teammate Tonny Drilleba and Brenda Ekone (JKL Lady Dolphins).

It was a difficult month for Okello who lost his mother, and from the burial, the team suffered an accident. Consequently, three of their games had to be rescheduled.

Okello said that he wanted to sit out those games because he was not in good mental state to play, but he realised that his team needed him more and had to walk back his decision.

He scored 18 points and 15 rebounds against Our Saviour, 15 points and 10 rebounds against KIU Titans and also bagged another double double of 11 points and 18 rebounds against Ndejje University Angels, all wins for Oilers.

“I am very happy for this, it has not been an easy journey for me, we were not in a good situation as a club as well. Actually, I wanted to sit out those three games but my team needed me much and I am glad that we played well,” Okello stated.

James Okello (left)

“My fellow nominees had good games as well, Brenda scored more than 30 points in her last game and that is not normal. Tonny has been outstanding in all our games as well.

“I just have to focus and forget about my worries and not let the death of my Mum affect me, and as a team, we are ready to defend the title, we have not reached where we want to be but I am happy with the progress of the team.”

Mbabazi was outstanding as Victoria Pearls won the Nepal series, going on to score a combined total of 74 runs and picking two player of the match awards.

Janet Mbabazi

Mbabazi commented: “Thank you to everyone who voted for me and I promise to continue working hard. Right now, focus is on the Kwibuka Tournament in Rwanda and as Victorial Pearls we just want to continue improving our rankings.”

Mbabazi beat her National teammate Kevin Awino and Aziz Damani’s Simon Sessazi.

Cherotich was named the best Athlete after winning two medals – He won Bronze in 1500m and Silver in 3000m – at ISF World School Games in France.

He edged Joshua Cheptegei and Stella Chesang.

The best Footballer went to Ikwaput who finished as the FUFA Women Super League top scorer.

She takes the award ahead of Hassifah Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals) and Bobosi Byaruhanga of Vipers.

The winners take home Cash and a plaque, courtesy of sponsors ForteBet Uganda and Jude Colour Solutions.

Henry Zzimbe of Jude Colour Solutions stated: “I just want to thank the media for doing a great work in pushing this brand, We are committed as Jude Colour Solution to go a long way with Real Stars Awards. Many people never believed in us when starting this but now you can see that we have grown from strength to strength.”



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