Ugandan chess prodigy Kenneth Ouma has been voted as the east African nation's top sportsman for January by Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).
Ouma, who was later summoned to the national team for the Africa Junior Championship, was nominated for his outstanding 26-move victory over USPA Chess Player of the Year 2006 Moses Kawuma at the Liberation Day Chess Open.
The 20-year-old garnered 550 votes to beat KCC FC striker Hamis Kitagenda, distance runner Moses Kipsiro, boxer Badru Lusambya and fellow chess player Shadrac Kantinti.
Kitagenda came second with 500 votes after he propelled KCC FC to the top of the Super League table with seven goals in five games, while Kipsiro was third with 385 votes for winning two medals in international athletic events in January.
Being the first top sportsman in a new era of Uganda Telecom's sponsorship starting from this month, Ouma will be crowned at Uganda Telecom headquarters in Rwenzori Courts next week.
"We have agreed with Uganda Telecom that all the monthly award winners shall get their prizes at an official function a week after they are voted," USPA president Douglas Mazune was quoted as saying by Daily Monitor.