Azira Confirms Departure From Chicago Fire

Uganda Cranes midfielder Mike Azira has confirmed leaving his MLS side Chicago Fire FC.

The experienced 33-year old took to social media to confirm the development after expiry of his season-long contract.

Azira joined Chicago Fire last year in August from Montreal Impact.

“I would like to take this moment to thank the Chicago Fire organisation for giving me the opportunity to play for this club,” Azira posted on Instagram.

“Thanks to the fans who have always supported me on and off the field. I wish the club nothing but the best in the future.”

Chicago Fire was Azira’s fourth club in Major League Soccer after spells with Montreal Impact, Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders.

Gifted with composure in the middle of the park, Azira is a graduate of SC Villa Jogoo before he left in 2008.

Last season, he managed just six games out of a possible 23 games for Chicago due to injuries.

He is one of the two players who leaves the club after striker CJ Sarpong with both experienced stars expected to look at the other options in the league.

Chicago Fire FC finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from as many games.

Azira, represented Uganda at the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments in Gabon and Egypt respectively.

He is part of the Cranes team for South Sudan encounter in Kenya on Monday, having featured in the 1-0 win at St Mary’s stadium Kitende against the same opponents on Thursday.

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