Ruth Aturo has been named the 2018 Ugandan Female Footballer of the Year.
Aturo won the award that comes with a brand new car at the Airtel-FUFA Awards gala on Friday, 7 December.
The Uganda international becomes the first goalkeeper to win the award, breaking the monopoly of strikers on the prize.
Aturo, a conspicuous omission in CAF’s Player of the Year nominees, had one of the most outstanding individual performances in 2018.
Ruth Aturo is the Female Player of the Year. She is a student at UCU and a player for UCU Lady Cardinals FC. We would like to congratulate her on this win. She walks away with not only an award but also a brand-new car and fuel worth UGX 500,000. #AirtelFUFAAwards18 pic.twitter.com/FSAa7ma27Q
— Airtel Uganda (@Airtel_Ug) December 7, 2018
She was stalwart at the back as underdogs Uganda stunned favourites Kenya and Ethiopia to finish second in CECAFA 2018.
For her brilliance in goal, she bagged the Golden Glove in the Eastern African tournament.
She repeated the feat in Southern Africa’s COSAFA 2018 where Uganda featured as a guest nation.
Aturo bagged the Golden Glove in COSAFA as well as Uganda downed favourites Zimbabwe and Zambia to finish third.
Domestically, Aturo inspired topflight side UCU to the FUFA Women’s Cup title, the university side’s first ever silverware.
Aturo was nominted for the award alongside Crested Cranes captain Tracy Jones Akiror and defender Shadio Nankya.
Aturo becomes the fourth recipient of the award after Europe-based striker Fazila Ikwaput (2017).
Forwards Hasifah Nassunna (2016) and Sandra Nabweteeme (2015) are the other past winners of the award.
Vipers Waiswa Moses Ndhodi bagged the Ugandan Male Footballer of the Year award.
Telecommunications company Airtel Uganda were the main sponsors of the awards.