Nabbumba motivated to work hard after Real Star recognition
Standing shoulder to shoulder with a galaxy of stars is what She Corporates and She Cranes midfielder Fiona Nabbumba dreams of.
Since she was a child playing with the boys in Entebbe at the Fimbo Academy, Nabbumba realized she could achieve her dream by playing football.
The 22-year-old has honed her career through countless hours of training before earning what she calls a lucrative deal with the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) She Corporates franchise.
“This is the first time I've received this great award,” said Nabbumba, dressed in skinny jeans and a matching jumper, at route 256 restaurant in Lugogo while acceptance of the monthly Real Stars award sponsored by ForteBet as the best football player during the month of August.
It didn't happen on a silver platter, although she had to convince the selectors that her performance during tanzania's Champions League café selection was better than Travis Mutiaba's miracle kick at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, which gave Uganda a head start in the first round of Chan's qualifiers.
“It's great that I win the first time I'm nominated. With all due respect, me and my teammates did their best,” said the midfielder, who scored six goals and made five assists as She Corporates lost last place to Simby Tanzania in an exciting final.
“It motivates me to work even harder. Now I'm thinking of playing in big leagues because I've fulfilled my dreams of playing at every stage in Uganda,” she said.
The versatile player even played defensively during Uganda's attempt at the Africa Nations Cup women's tournament in Morocco.
At the awards of Husina Kukundakwe, blankets for a sensational para-swimmer appeared.
Dressed for murder in a dark business suit, Kukundakwe was brief in her acceptance speech.
“Now I want a place on the podium,” she said after the usual pleasantries.
Kukundakwe, 15, won six medals at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey, which included two golds, three silvers and a bronze.
It was a dream for a teenager who is only Uganda's second swimmer at the Paralympics after participating in the 2020 Games in Tokyo last year.
Now her focus is on winning a medal at the Paralympics or World Swimming Championships.
“Now I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with disabilities to join the sport, especially swimming,” Kukundakwe said on the sidelines of the awards after a difficult childhood before she became a swimming sensation.
JKL Dolphins quarterback Brenda Econe, who had lost in five previous nominations, finally placed first on the season, where she was the main performer of her team, which finished top in the regular season.
By averaging the two-digit numbers and eliminating Nabisunsu in the quarters, Econe was the obvious choice ahead of Ninette Uvinez (KIU Rangers) and Isaiah Mbeni Ather (KIU Titans), the other nominees.
“We're even determined to win this year's trophy,” Econe said.
Other awards were offered to Commonwealth double medalist Jacob Kiplimo and daredevil duncan Mubiru in absentia.
The monthly awards are sponsored by ForteBet and Jude Color Solutions, but Cairo Bank representatives attended the ceremony to assess their potential.