By Tafadzwa Mutsotso
Ugandan soccer national team Denis Onyango (35) has retired from international football with immediate effect following a failed 2021 AFCON qualification campaign.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper announced his retirement on Twitter Monday.
“It is with heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from international football,” said Onyango.
“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.
“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.”
“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 has over 80 caps for Ugandan Cranes and he retired as the most successful footballer in the country.
Either Chippa United goalkeeper Ismael Watenga or Al Hilal’s Jamal Salim is likely to replace Onyango as the Cranes number one goalkeeper.
The biggest highlight of the Sundowns goalkeeper’s time with Uganda was captaining them at the 2019 Afcon where he guided them to the Round of 16.
Onyango retires two days after his former national team vice-captain Hassan Wasswa also called time on his 13-year international career.
On Saturday, he had hinted at retiring while paying tribute to Wasswa.
“Thanks for everything my brother Hassan Wasswa16. On and off the field, you were one of the best guys around.
Congratulations on a great 13-year Cranes of Uganda career and know I am soon following suit. But first, enjoy your retirement and be proud. All the best team warrior and fighter,” said Onyango.