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Mike Azira, another Uganda Cranes player, retires from International Football

Midfielder Michael ‘Mike’ Azira, 33, has become the latest Uganda Cranes player to announce retirement from International Football.

He joins his captain Onyango and Vice Hassan Wasswa who announced their retirement on Monday and Saturday last week respectively.

Azira made the announcement on Wednesday in a letter addressed to FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo stating that his retirement takes effect as of April 14, 2021.

Mike Azira’s letter of retirement

“Please accept this letter as a notification that I wish to retire from the National Team effective 14th April 2021.” Reads part of the letter addressed to FUFA.

“I take this moment to thank all the coaches I have worked with over the years and I also thanks the fans who have always supported us home and on the road.”

The calm and composed midfielder has featured for the National Team on only ten occasions since making his debut in 2016.

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He was part of the final team for the Uganda Cranes at the previous two Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon(2017) and Egypt(2019).

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Azira began his career at Jogoo Young, a youth team attached to SC Villa. He later moved to USA where he has lived since 2008.

The midfielder currently plies his trade with New Mexico United FC in the USL Championship in the second division of American soccer.


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