The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) will organize a testimonial match for outgoing Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango as an honour for his dedicated services to the national team and Ugandan football at large.
This was announced by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo on Wednesday where he praised the Mamelodi Sundowns stopper as one of the best goalkeepers he has ever watched play for Uganda Cranes and on the continent at large.
“Denis Masinde 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.”, Magogo said.
He further noted: “Fufa took a decision to organize testimonial matches for national team players who retire after 8 years of service or those that have put indelible marks to the team as decided by the Fufa Executive. Definitely, Onyango will have the option to take the testimonial match at the right timing,”
Magogo also revealed that Onyango wanted to quit Uganda immediately after the defeat in Malawi but advised him to wait for a better timing.
“Denis wanted to announce his retirement in Malawi immediately after the game but was advised to hold on for a better timing. There was always not going to be the right timing for Denis to retire.”
Onyango who made his Cranes debut against Cape Verde in 2005 and retires with 79 caps to his name announced his retirement from international football on Monday following controversy surrounding the national team camp over unpaid allowances and derogatory comments from the FUFA boss.
Onyango was named captain of the Uganda Cranes team in April 2017 replacing Geoffrey Massa who sought retirement from international football that year.
A testimonial match in football is a non-competitive game that is used to honour a long-serving player of the club or country when the player retires from the game.
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