On November 17th, 2018 the first story on this website was published and over the months, Fotoball-256 has grown in leaps and bounds, at least from where we stand as the team behind the project.
We have made tremendous strides as a team, and the highlight can’t go beyond being accredited by CAF to cover the 2019 Total Africa Cup of nations at a time when we were in our infancy.
When we started this project, the idea was to change so many things that we believed were changeable, we are not yet where we seek to be, but the foundation has been laid.
In life, every milestone deserves a celebration, especially if the ride has been bumpy just like the way ours has been.
To celebrate our first anniversary this November and many more to come (by the grace of God), we thought of something that can involve our readers in Uganda and beyond.
And upon that background, the team came up with the idea of the ‘256 Footballer of the Year Award’. Which has been misinterpreted by many football stakeholders, and I felt the need to shade some light.
Football-256 is not organising an awards ceremony, we are simply giving out an award to a particular Ugandan footballer, who will be decided by the readers.
A list of 20 footballers who have been carefully selected by a team of journalists has already been drawn up from which the top five will be selected.
The top five players who will feature for the final voting will be revealed on Octobers 1st, on the same day, voting for the 256 Footballer of the year will be opened. Voting for the award will be through an online poll on our website, www.football-256.com.
The person with the highest votes will be announced as the winner. However, we are not going to dine and wine, we shall simply hand out the award at the convenience of the recipient.
Internationally you have FIFA Player of the Year, the UEFA player of the Year, the Ballon d’Or all organised by different parties but competed for by the same players.
Something that has been accepted by the football community and the support for one another is tremendous.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) gives out the BBC African Footballer of the Year, an award decided by the readers of the website through an online poll.
The same players who compete for the BBC African Footballer of the Year are the same that will compete for the CAF Player of the Year and both parties are not getting in each other’s space.
Back home here in Uganda, the umbrella for sports journalists, the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) for the last 48 years has rewarded the Footballer of the Year, a gesture that has been celebrated by the local football community.
To cut the long story short, the 256 Footballer of the Year Award is here to stay as long as Football-256 continues to exist and we hope that one day it will get to the level where we celebrate footballers beyond the Ugandan boarders.