Uganda Sevens star Isaac Massangazira (Massa) has dedicated his Fortebet Real Stars Sports Award to his teammates. He was named best of September in the rugby category during the awards session that happened on Tuesday, 3rd October 2023 at Lazio Bar and Restaurant in Kololo, Kampala.
While giving his victory speech at the awards ceremony, Massa devoted the award to his Uganda Sevens teammates whom he says made a collective effort to ensure that Uganda took bronze at the Africa Men’s Sevens held in Harare, Zimbabwe last month.
“I dedicate it (the award) to the entire team, as a team we put up a good fight in Zimbabwe. Although things didn’t go the way we wanted, everyone showed that they wanted to win the tournament but I’m glad that we didn’t come out of the tournament with nothing,” Massa said.
To win the award, Massa beat competition from fellow Uganda Sevens teammates, Aaron Ofoyrworth and Adrian Kasito who both had a good show at the continental meet in Harare.
“It’s been an honor and pleasure to win this award. Aaron and Adrian did well at the Africa Men’s Sevens but I’m happy that I won this award,” Massa said adding that any of the three could have been a good choice to take the prize home.
Massa who also plays for Stanbic Black Pirates now looks forward to future engagements at club level as well as the national team.
Meanwhile, in the badminton category, Husina Kobugabe took home the accolade ahead of Gladys Mbabazi and Brian Kasirye. Husinah partnered with Gladys in the women’s double for Gold in Benin International before she settled for a bronze at the women’s singles.
Gomba and Wakiso Giants star Kenneth Kimera took home the football accolade beating competition from George Masembe and Denis Omedi. The youngster scored both home and away as Gomba eliminated Singo in the quarterfinals of the Masaza Cup.
He was also on the score sheet as Wakiso Giants beat UPDF 2-0 away to win their first game in the league and in a game he walked home with the man of the match accolade.
In the ludo category, Emmanuel Mubiru emerged winner ahead of Betty Nagadya and Henry Mayanja. Mubiru left South Africa with the MVP accolade at the recently concluded Africa Ludo Cup where Uganda managed to defend the trophy for the second time. His last dice against South Africa in the extra time of the final gave Uganda a 9-8 win against the hosts.
Kabadi made a debut at the awards with Olivia Nalubega emerging winner ahead of Jovita Lubango and Mubarak Wandeka. The captain of the Uganda Kabaddi Women National team and a student at Kyadondo Secondary School and captain there, also a captain of Eaglets Kabaddi club led Uganda to the Africa Women Kabaddi Championship title in Kampala. She als finished as the second best defender of the tournament with an MVP accolade. Nalubega also guided her School to a third finish at the Uganda National Schools Kabaddi Championship where she was voted as the best raider with 257 raids.
The Tuesday awards session was graced by Real Stars Sports Agency CEO, Isaac Mukasa, Fortebet’s Resty Mbatidde and and Henry Zzimbe from Jude Color Solutions who are partners.