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Denis Onyango: Captain Retires From Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and captain Denis Onyango has retired from the National team

Onyango’s retirement comes in the wake of his rant against FUFA Boss Moses Magogo that went viral on social media.

Magogo was criticising CHAN players for playing ‘shitty football’, a thing that did not sit well with the Sundowns star.

He joins his Vice Hassan Wasswa in retirement who announced his end of Cranes journey last week.

Onyango made his Uganda Cranes debut on 18 June 2005 in World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde.

He has helped the Cranes qualify for the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Denis Onyango’s Letter To FUFA (in part)

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 Cranes.

I believe my notice-period is sufficient enough for the technical team to adequately prepare my replacement for the upcoming matches. By remaining a true patriot and supporter of football in my beloved Uganda I wish you all the best in your future endeavours and challenges.

Onyango, A Legacy Unmatched

Onyango leaves an indelible mark behind after a 16-year tenure characterised by commitment, Leadership and Success.

He has inspired a generation and put the National team first above everything.

He ranks among the greats of Sadiq Wassa and Paul Ssali, and many believe that he is the greatest Uganda has ever produced!

Starting out in Nsambya, a suburb in Kampala, Onyango’s dream was to represent his country, which he has fulfilled in 79 appearances.

The former Sharing Hall and SC Villa shot stopper has had big moments with the National team, including that out-of-this world save at 2019 AFCON against Zimbabwe to pull the ball off his goal-line.

Few nations across the world, have had a goalkeeper as their star player – Onyango has been for Uganda, and rarely disappointed.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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