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[/media-credit] Denis Onyango says he feels time is ripe for him to quit the national team Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AMINAH BABIRYE

Uganda Cranes first choice goalkeeper is contemplating retirement from the national team after the team’s elimination from the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

The African Player of the Year based in Africa has been part of the national team since his debut in 2005 and is regarded as one of the best in the history of the game on the continent.

Asked what he thinks of his future with the national team, Onyango told Kawowo Sports he feels it’s time to quit.

“It’s very difficult,” he stated. “But at the moment, my mind is saying me it’s time to quit,” he added.

I see there is potential in the goalkeeping department, it’s something we shall discuss with the technical team.  But in my mind, I believe it’s time to give the youngsters chance to play.

The Mamelodi Sundowns goalie was in goal for two matches in Gabon and feels that after 39 years absence; the experience has made the Cranes hungrier to make AFCON appearances a habit.

It has made us hungrier to come again and we hope to make it a habit to be here every tournament. For us, it’s going be a tough experience and we know it demands more but one we are ready to overcome.

Egypt and Ghana are in the same FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers group as Uganda and the former SC Villa goalie despite losing to both, believes there have been valuable lessons picked before playing the two sides again.

We played the two teams (Ghana and Egypt) in our group, lost to them but for us, it’s a learning curve and we shall sit down as a team and see how to go about their games home and one in Cairo. At least now, we know their strength and weaknesses.

The Cranes got off a point against Ghana in Tamale but are yet to play against Egypt with a back to back fixture coming in August.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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