Uganda Cranes captain, Denis Masinde Onyango has officially retired from the international duties, ending a 16 year fruitful period of serving the national team.
Denis Onyango’s retirement canes just three days after his vice captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda also calling it time with the national team.
In a letter dated on 12th April 2021 sent to FUFA by Denis Onyango includes below.
“The letter represents my official notice of retirement from the Uganda National Football team. The Uganda Cranes, effective April 12, 2021”
“It has been a great pleasure and honor to represent my country and I will always appreciate the experience and knowledge that I have gained while playing for the cranes.”
“I believe that 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 endeavors and challenges.”
To many, Denis Onyango’s retirement has come as no surprise after a leaked audio which has gone viral on social media platforms, him (Onyango) exposing the Federation of not being accountable to players money and bonuses they owe them (FUFA) and added that he has got tired of making money for them (FUFA).
Denis Onyango made his Uganda Cranes debut on 18th June 2005 against Cape Verde and has gone ahead of make over 75 appearances for the senior National team.
During his time, has guided Uganda to two African Cup of Nations final tournaments 2017 (Gabon) and 2019 (Egypt).
Denis Onyango has been the captain of Uganda Cranes since 2017 after taking the mantle from Geoffrey Massa.
He was named as African based best player in 2016.