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July 16, 2024

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Michael Azira becomes 3rd Cranes player to retire in a space of 10 days

By: Nankya Viola 

Uganda Cranes midfielder Michael Azira has joined Hassan Wasswa and Denis Onyango into retirement from the national team.

The 33 year old has represented Uganda on 16 occasions dating from 2016 in an AFCON qualifier against Congo Brazaville.

In a letter addressed to FUFA president Moses Magogo, the former SC Villa midfielder acknowledged that playing for the national team has been a huge honour and that he enjoyed working with the federation.

Michael Azira in action for the Cranes

Please accept this letter as a notification that I wish to retire from playing for the national football team effective April 14th 2021. Playing for the national team has been an honor and I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to represent my country and my family.

” I have enjoyed working with the Federation and playing for the Uganda national team. Playing in two Africa Cup of Nations was one of the best moments with the Cranes. These memories will always stay with me and they will be cherished always”

Excerpts of the letter read.

Azira has been privileged to representing Uganda at 2 AFCON finals in Gabon (2017) and Egypt (2019)

He currently plays for Mexico second tier side New Mexico United after also playing for Montreal Impact, Colorado Rapids, Charleston Battery among others.