Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and captain Dennis Onyango Masinde has retired from Uganda Cranes fold effective 12th April 2021, the player has confirmed in a letter addressed to the FUFA president Moses Magogo.
“This letter represents my official notice of retirement from the Uganda National Football Team, The Cranes effective April 12th 2021. It has been a great pleasure and honor to represent my country and I will always appreciate the experience and knowledge that I have gained while playing for the Cranes,” the letter partly read.
“I believe that my notice-period is sufficient enough for the technical team to adequately prepare my replacement for the upcoming matches. By remaining a true Patriot and supporter of football in lovely country Uganda and I wish you the best in your endeavors and challenges,” the letter concluded.
Onyango’s retirement comes in the wake of FUFA president Moses Magogo’s ‘unpleasant’ comments towards Uganda Cranes players that took part in the 2020 CHAN tournament in Cameroon.
Magogo who insisted that the players had no right to demand for their camp bonuses after playing “shi*ty football”, left many football enthusiasts bitter as the Mamelodi Sundowns Goalkeeper expressed his discontent in an audio clip that went viral.
Onyango made his Uganda Cranes debut on 18 June 2005 during a World Cup qualification match against Cape Verde.
Onyango was pivotal as the Cranes gained back to back AFCON appearances in 2017 and 2019 in Gabon and Egypt respectively. He joins defender Hassan Wasswa Mawanda who also called it quits last Friday.