The 2021-2022 Nile Special USPA Gala has been rescheduled to September 23, 2023, from the initial date of September 16, 2023.
Uganda Sports Press Association president Moses Alsayed Lubega confirmed the changes during the monthly assembly at the Imperial Royale Hotel on Monday September 4, 2023.
Lubega explained “The date was amended to ensure we cover all the necessary details
for the day. We expect over 500 guests and plan to ensure the gathering gets the attention
and grandeur it deserves.”
During the same assembly, Joshua Cheptegei and Victor Kiplangat were unanimously
voted the joint winners of The USPA Nile Special Sports Personalities for August.
Joshua Cheptegei successfully defended his 10,000m World title at the 2023 World
Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary, becoming the first Ugandan to win a World title twice.
Victor Kiplangat became the second Ugandan to win the Marathon World title by
triumphing in the 42KM race in Budapest last month.
The Cricket Cranes, who retained the East Africa T20 Cup in Kigali, Rwanda, were
highly praised for their performance, winning 11 out of 12 games played against Rwanda
Other commendations included Jacob Sande winning bronze in the 1500m at the
Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago, clocking a time of 3:37.66.
Victor Cherotich also secured bronze in the 3000m Steeplechase at the same games with
a time of 8:19.31.
The Uganda Scrabble team, which finished second in the PANASA Championship in
Nigeria, was recognised, with Richard Geria and Edgar Odongkara’s extraordinary
performance, ranking fifth and sixth out of 124 players.
Fred Mugerwa, the She Cranes head coach, received the Supportive Award for guiding
Uganda to fifth place at the 2023 Netball World Cup. Mugerwa received 295 votes,
surpassing Athletics coach Benjamin Njia, who polled 265.
Fourteen-year-old Badminton player Eric Ofoyuru was awarded the Promising Young
Talent Award with 225 votes. He claimed gold in the U16 singles at the East Africa
Secondary Schools Games in Rwanda, finishing runner-up in the U19 category and
reaching the semifinals in the U17 category. His performances elevated his school,
Kakungulu Memorial, to a silver medal at the same games.
Furthermore, Professor Badru Kateregga of Kampala University received the Sporting
Award. His immense contribution to sports has enriched the careers of athletes and
USPA members were also educated on how the new National Sports ACT 2023 will
impact their work, positively or negatively, with insights provided by FUFA Legal
Director Denis Lukambi.
In summary, the winners are as follows.
Nile Special USPA Sports Personality of the Month: Joshua Cheptegei and Victor
Supportive / Assist Award: Fred Mugerwa
Promising Young Talent Award: Eric Ofoyuru
Sporting Award Announcement: Professor Badru Kateregga, Director Kampala