Africa: Uganda Star Captain Onyango Retires From International Football

Hours after helping Mamelodi Sundowns beat Chippa United 2-1 in South African Premier League, Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and captain Denis Onyango announced he has hung up the gloves from international football.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from International Football. After much consideration, my family, managers and I decided it was in my best interest to hang my gloves on my beloved Cranes. Big thanks to every Ugandan over the years," he noted.

Onyango also wrote to Ugandan Football Federation (FUFA) President, Moses Magogo notifying him and the Federation about his decision.

"This letter represents my official notice of retirement from the Uganda National Football Team, The Cranes effective April 12, 2021. It has been a great pleasure and honour to represent my country and I will always appreciate the experience and knowledge that I have gained while playing for the Uganda Cranes," Onyango wrote.

Denis Onyango is the second player to announce retirement, following Hassan Wasswa Mawanda who also hang up his boots last weekend.

The Cranes goalkeeper had 79 caps to his name since making his international debut in 2005 against Cape Verde.

He Started his career at Nsambya FC, SC Villa in Uganda before joining St George in Ethiopia, Supersport, Black Aces, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.

Onyango will be remembered for his tremendous contribution to Uganda national team, as he led The Cranes to two Total Africa Cup of Nations finals (Gabon 2017 and Egypt 2019), as well as winning the CAF Africa player of the year award based in Africa in 2016, having guided Mamelodi Sundowns to their first Total CAF Champions League title.

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