Ssentamu voted Uganda’s best footballer
Striker Yunus Ssentamu was voted as Uganda’s best footballer of 2014 by journalists’ body Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) on Monday.
The AS Vita forward garnered a total 22 votes, beating Geoffrey Massa by two votes in a tight contest while 2013 winner Daniel Sserunkuma did not tally any during the body’s monthly meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel.
Ssentamu landed the accolade having scored all of the Uganda Cranes’ three goals in the group stage against Burkina Faso and Morocco at last year’s African Nations Championship.
The 20-year-old’s impressive show at CHAN prompted Democratic Republic of Congo’s Vita to snatch him from local side Vipers SC. Alongside Massa, Ssentamu was among the top 20 best African based players of 2014.
With the 11-time Linafoot champions, Ssentamu was a pivotal figure as he scored an important away goal that eliminated Tunisia giants CS Sfaxien 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the CAF Champions League final. He played both legs in the final but they lost to Algeria’s ES Sétif on away goals rule.
Ssentamu is now shortlisted for the Uspa Sports Personality of the Year award alongside athlete Moses Kipsiro, netballer Peace Proscovia and basketballer Claire Lamono. The last footballer to win this overall prize was Polly Ouma in 1974.