FORTEBET REAL STARS AWARDS: Kawempe’s Nabirye standout in a male-dominated category

Shadia Nabirye (middle) receiving her accolade

FOOTBALL FORTEBET REAL STARS AWARDS: Kawempe’s Nabirye standout in a male-dominated category

Brian Aheebwa 15:51 - 04.06.2024

When the nominations for the May 2024 Fortebet Real Stars Awards were announced, Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC’s Shadia Nabirye found herself in male-dominated category of football.

Nabirye was nominated alongside StarTimes Uganda Premier League stars in Vipers SC captain Milton Karisa, and Busoga United FC’s Emmanuel Ajo who was recently named the Pilsner SUPL player of the month for April/May.

Despite the fact that Karisa and Ajo performed brilliantly in May for their respective teams as the UPL climaxed, Nabirye pipped them to the accolade thanks to her stellar performance at the CAF Schools Championship in Zanzibar.

She emerged as the top scorer with three goals at a tournament where Kawempe Muslim finished third bringing home a sum of $150,000, approximate to UGX 571M.

Heathens' Malcom Okello receiving his award from Real Stars CEO Isaac Mukasa

At the Fortebet Real Stars awarding ceremony held at Lazio Restaurant in Kololo a Kampala suburb on Tuesday morning, outstanding performers from Rugby and Netball were also rewarded.

Platinum Credit Heathens’ fullback Malcom Okello shrugged off competition from Black Pearls’ Emily Lekuru, and Stanbic Black Pirates’ Ivan Magomu to win the award.

Okello inspired Heathens to the 2024 Nile Special Rugby championship after they defeated Pirates 15:3 at Kyadondo on Saturday also clinching their 17th league title.

Prior to the final, the youngster had managed 19 points in the first leg of the semifinal against their arch rivals KCB Kobs as they were 29-18 victors at Legends.

During the second leg, Okello had a try and a penalty to his name as Heathens lost 18-13 to Kobs but advanced to the final thanks to a 42-36 aggregate score.

Meanwhile, the multitalented Firdaus Namulema of National Insurance Corporation (NIC) beat her teammate Rechael Nanyonga and Prisons’ Christine Namulumba to the Netball accolade.

Namulema and NIC had a tournament to remember during the East Africa Netball Championship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

They were able to win all their eight games in the round robin’s format en route to the final where they beat Zanzibar’s KVC 62-37 to win their 22nd championship, and Namulema was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

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