(Xinhua) -- Uganda’s first choice
goalkeeper Denis Onyango was late on Thursday crowned the 2016
African Player of the Year (African based).
helped Uganda qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)
after 39-years of waiting was crowned during the Glo
Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards ceremony that
took place in Abuja, Nigeria.
Onyango had 252 votes, while his teammate at Sundowns and
Zimbabwean striker Khama Billiat picked 228 votes and Zambia’s
Rainford Kalaba who helped TP Mazembe win the CAF Confederations
Cup finished third with 206 votes.
Onyango was also picked as goalkeeper for Africa’s finest
Uganda’s national team, Cranes was also voted best team of
2016 for their good show and qualification for 2017 Afcon.
Cranes beat the national teams of Zimbabwe and Senegal which had
also been nominated.
Moses Magogo, head of Uganda’s football governing body told
Xinhua in an interview that the awards show that the quality of
football in the country has improved.
"This is good for the country and it is a sign that we are on
the right path," Magogo said.
(Xinhua) -- Uganda’s first choice
goalkeeper Denis Onyango (c) receives an award during
the Glo Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards
ceremony in Abuja, capital of Nigeria, Jan. 5, 2017.
Onyango who helped Uganda qualify for the 2017 Africa
Cup of Nations (Afcon) after 39-years of waiting was
crowned the 2016 African Player of the Year (African
XINHUA PHOTO: OLATUNJI OBASA
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez who helped Leicester City win the
English Premier League last season won the CAF Africa Player of
the Year Award (foreign based).
The women’s Player of the Year Award was won by Asisat Oshola
(Nigeria), while Kelechi Iheanacho who has been in good form for
Manchester City and Nigeria won the most promising talent award.
Another Nigerian Alex Iwobi was voted Youth Player of the
Year and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane scooped the Coach of the
Onyango’s team Mamelodi Sundowns was also voted Club of the
Year after they won the South African League and the 2016 CAF
Nigeria voted the women’s national team of the year and
Gambia’s Bakary Papa Gassama picked the Referee of the Year
Uganda names final squad
for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Head Coach of Uganda’s national football team has
named the final squad that will play at the 2017 Africa Cup of
Nations tournament scheduled to start in a few days in Gabon.
Milutin Sredojevic, Uganda’s head coach of the national team
nicknamed The Cranes, went through various buildup games.
He said after the buildup game with Tunisia on Wednesday, he
decided to drop goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan, Muzamil Mutyaba and
"The game against Tunisia was an eye opener on a number of
tactical issues and we need to improve as we get closer to the
tournament," he said.
He said the 23 players he has picked are ready to represent
the country well.
Speaking about the remaining two international matches that
will be played in the United Arab Emirates, the coach said
facing Slovakia who are ranked among the top 50 teams in the
world and African champions Ivory Coast will give them the best
final check before heading to Gabon.
Uganda is the only team in the Council for East and Central
African Football Associations to qualify for the Afcon. It is
grouped alongside Egypt, Mali and Ghana.
Uganda last competed in the Afcon about 39 years ago.
The squad includes Salim Jamal, Robert Odongkara, Denis
Onyango, Timothy Dennis Awany, Joseph Ochaya, Shafiq Batambuze,
Denis Iguma, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko and Nicholas Wadada.
The others are midfielders Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Geoffrey
Kizito, William Luwagga Kizito, Tony Mawejje, Hassan Wasswa,
Moses Oloya and Godfrey Walusimbi.
The strikers are Geoffrey Massa, Faruku Miya, Yunus Sentamu,
Geoffrey Sserunkuma, and Muhammed Shaban.