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USPA Awards: Ssebatindira wins the sports personality of the month


Joseph Ssebatindira has been honoured with the USPA sports personality of the month for October accolade.

Ssebatindira had a historical achievement as the first Ugandan to claim a world title in table tennis at the World Table Tennis Youth Contender Championship in Cairo, Egypt.

Ssebatindira entered the competition unranked but ended up dominating by winning all his matches in straight sets, ascending to the number one ranking after the competition.

Ssebatindira got 235 votes edging out Lady Rugby cranes 7s who had received 220 votes after securing a bronze medal at the 2023 Olympic Qualifiers.

Their performance granted them another slot at Olympic qualification via the Repechage tournament slated for next year.

Ssebatindira was also unanimously chosen as the recipient of the Young Talent Award for September and October due to his top performance in the world championship.

In other accolades, the Rugby cranes 7s were named the Nile Special USPA sports personality for September, Their bronze finish at the 2023 Africa Men’s Cup in Zimbabwe clinched them to a place in the Repechage for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The Rugby cranes team received 185 votes winning the National Ludo team- “The Doves” who got 165 votes who had defended their title at the 2023 Africa Ludo championship in Durban, South Africa where they triumphed in a nail-bitting final against South Africa on penalties.

Husinah Kobugabe and Gladys Mbabazi were the September commendations. These badminton players won gold in women’s doubles at the Benin international and maintained their trajectory towards the 2024 Olympic Games. Kobugabe also secured a bronze in the women’s singles at the same event.

October’s commendations were Godfrey Nsubuga and Peace Kabasweka for their victories at the 2023 Uganda Amateur Golf Open, respectively

City Oilers and JKL Dolphins were lauded for winning the 2023 National Basketball league for men and women respectively.

Bul FC was recognized for their exceptional start in the 2023/24 Uganda premier league in October, boasting a perfect record with four wins, netting 8 goals and conceding 2

The Supportive/Assist Award was presented to Uganda Lady Rugby cranes 7’s physio Nelson Mayeku, who secured 340 votes, surpassing Bulemezi goalkeeping coach, Ali Kigundu with 325 votes.

Lastly, the Uganda Rugby Union was acknowledged for it’s instrumental role in fostering the development of Rugby in Uganda.

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