Uganda Cranes' midfielder Micheal Azira

Uganda Cranes players have bid emotional farewell to retiring high profile midfielder Micheal Azira.

After a spell of five years with the national team, the New Mexico United star has called time on his international football career.

His departure follows a brewing wave of retirements started by distinguished Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and captain Denis Onyango.

Azira announced his retirement on his official Instagram page saying; “Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to represent my country and my family.

“It has been an honor de be [sic] part of this generation of soccer. It is time to move on!”

Fellow Uganda Cranes teammates replied with tear-jerking messages some shrouded with the controversial affairs surrounding Onyango’s retirement.

Striker Emmanuel Okwi wished Azira success outside playing for the team; “Goodluck Michael. Sad things ended like this but wish you the best for the future.”

Khalid Aucho shed tears; “..”

Allan Kateregga revealed his aspirations; “I was looking forward to playing with you bruv!”

Abdu Lumala credited Azira for covering well; “My American navy seal wish you all the best first time I shared a pitch with you it was a dream love you mate you always covered spaces for me..”

Onyango called him “a ferocious midfielder” in a tweet appreciating his services;

Azira has featured for Uganda at two AFCON tournaments. He was initially summoned by Coach Milutin Sredojević for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

Sebastien Desabre later invited him to be part of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, helping Uganda reach the round of 16 before losing to Sadio Mane’s Senegal.

Azira will continue turning out for United Soccer League Championship (USLC) side New Mexico United.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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