Mike Azira | AFCON 2019 Credit: Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

If the events unfolding in Ugandan football were a movie, it would be series and the end is far from now. Even before the news of Uganda Cranes captain settles, another player has also announced retirement from International Football.

Midfielder Mike Azira has on Wednesday called time on his Uganda Cranes, announcing his retirement in a statement.

“Please accept this letter as a notification that I wish to retire from the National Team effective 14th April 2021.” Reads part of the letter addressed to FUFA.

Mike Azira’s statement.

In the Statement, Azira lauds the players he has played with, the coaches and the fans.

“I take this moment to thank all the coaches I have worked with over the years and I also thanks to the fans who have always supported us home and on the road.”

Mike Azira (right) in action against DR Congo at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

Azira follows captain Onyango and defender Hassan Wasswa who announced their retirement on Monday and Saturday last week respectively.

The calm and composed midfielder has featured for the National Team on only ten occasions since making his debut in 2016.

He was part of the final team for the Uganda Cranes at the previous two Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon (2017) and Egypt (2019).

Azira, 33 began his career at Jogoo Young, a youth team attached to SC Villa. He later moved to USA where he has lived since 2008.

Currently, Azira is attached to New Mexico United FC which plays in the USL Championship, the second division of American soccer.

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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