FUFA President Moses Magogo has revealed goalkeeper Denis Onyango had plans of quitting playing for the national team.
According to Magogo, Onyango wanted to quit the Cranes after they had lost to Malawi in their final match of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“Denis Onyango wanted to announce his retirement in Malawi immediately after the game,” Magogo said via his Facebook page.
“But he was advised to hold on for better timing.”
“There was always not going to be the right timing for Denis to retire,” he added.
Magogo pays tribute to Onyango
Magogo also paid tribute to the long-serving custodian, who played for Cranes since 2005.
“Let us celebrate Uganda’s greatest goalkeeper ever, another icon of Ugandan football draws the curtains to such an illustrious career with the Uganda Cranes,” Magogo continued.
“Denis Onyango has been the best goalkeeper I have watched in the world. For those who follow, it is not the first time I am saying this.”
“We have always been sure that there is Denis to carry the team when it needed the goalkeeper.”
“He has been a great athlete, disciplined sportsman, and patriotic footballer.”
“He has taken a choice to retire and we should celebrate him for the hard decision.”
“If you asked me, he is one of those few players that should have stayed forever but we have to accept that players come and go. It is just human.”
Onyango announced his international retirement on Monday just days after Hassan Wasswa also did the same.