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Mike Azira Becomes Latest Player To Retire From Uganda National Team

Mike Azira has joined Hasaan Wasswa and Dennis Oyango in announcing his retirement from international football with Uganda.

The 33-year-old will no longer represent Cranes, following almost five years of service to national team, most of which he teamed up with former Gor Mahia midfielder Khalid Aucho.

While many voices in the media have speculated that Azira’s decision is a result of FUFA President Moses Magogo’s negative comments towards local players, a statement released by the New Mexico United player failed to mention the reason behind his early retirement.

“Playing for the national team has been an honour and I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to represent my country and my family,” reads the statement in part.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I have enjoyed working with the federation and playing for the Uganda national team. Playing in two Africa Cup of Nations was one of the best moments with the Cranes.[/perfectpullquote]

“These memories will always stay with me and they be cherished always,” the former SC Villa player adds.

“I take this moment to thank all the coaches that I have worked with over the years and I also thank our fans who always supported us at home and on the road. I wish you all the best and I will continue to support the Cranes in any way possible.”

Azira made his debut in 2016 and represented his country at both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

He began his career at SC Villa junior side before moving to USA where he has lived since 2008 after obtaining Green Card.

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