Uganda Cranes: Azira joins Onyango, Wasswa in retirement

With the rate at which players are hanging up their national colors, it only remains a question of when but not whether others will follow suit. 

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Micheal (Mike) Azira has announced he has quit international football.

Azira joins two other senior players captain Denis Onyango and his assistant Hassan Wasswa who called time on their national team careers in a space of less than a week.

“Please accept this letter as a notification that I wish to retire from playing for the national football team effective April 14,2021. Playing for the national team has been an honor and  Iam grateful for the opportunity you gave me to represent my country and my family,” Azira Wednesday wrote in part.

In his letter addressed to Fufa president Eng Moses Magogo, Azira was thankful to a group of people.

“I take this moment to thank all the coaches I have worked with over the years and I also thanks the fans who have always supported us home and on the road.”

The former SC Villa midfielder made his Uganda Cranes debut in 2016 but had been irregular until the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he played a pivotal role in Uganda’s road to the round of 16.

He was also part of the team that represented the country at the Gabon 2017 Afcon finals.

Azira, 33 started his footballing career at Jogoo Young, SC Villa’s nursery team but later relocated to the US  where he has lived since 2008.

The midfielder is currently fearing for the New Mexico United FC, a team in the second division of American soccer.

With the rate at which players are hanging up their national colors, it only remains a question of when but not whether others will follow suit.

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