The President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni has Thursday evening honoured retired Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango for his long, unselfish and distinguished contribution to Uganda through football for the last 16 years.
Museveni gifted Onyango with a brand new Sports Pajero during a meeting held at the State House in Etebbe.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper who flew into the country in the early hours of Thursday, was accompanied by his mother, the State Minister for Sports Hon Hamson Obua plus officials from FUFA and NCS.
During his 16 years on the national team, Onyango has played at two Africa Cup of Nations, in 2017 in Gabon – the first since 1978 – and in 2019 in Egypt, where he was captain of the team that reached the knockout stages before losing to Senegal at the Round of 16.
Last month, Onyango announced he was retiring from the Cranes.
“After lengthy consideration, I have come to the decision of retiring from international football with immediate effect. It is a sad day in my life knowing that I will never wear the jersey of my beloved Cranes in front of passionate fans again. I will now become the number one supporter who wears the jersey watching from the stands or from home. It is through the Ugandan national team that I have grown from a boy into the man and father that I am now,” he said.
Onyango is expected to be hosted at Parliament for recognition before returning to South Africa and join his teammates for a DStv Premiership game against TS Galaxy on Sunday.
By press time, nothing much other than the car had been revealed as far as Onyango’s meeting with the fountain of honour was concerned.
However it’s expected that the former Cranes skipper reminded the president of his pledge to reward the team with a million US Dollars for their extra ordinary performance in the 2019 Afcon finals in Egypt.
We hope to bring you all the details as they trickle in.