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Denis Onyango set for Cranes return ahead of WC Qualifiers

Denis Onyango set for massive return from retirement (File Photo)

Uganda Cranes former captain and goalkeeper, Denis Masinde Onyango is set to return to the national team for international football as the country gears up for the upcoming fixtures.

The Daily Express has established that newly appointed Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who has a long-term relationship with the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper is hopeful Onyango will be included in the 26-man squad ahead of the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the start of next month.

Micho and members of his technical team held a technical meeting earlier this week at FUFA House to discuss the squad that will be summoned.

Uganda Cranes will kick off their World Cup qualification campaign away to Kenya on September 02 before hosting Mali four days later in Kampala.

Onyango Retires from International Football

Onyango announced his retirement from international football on April 12 after over 16 years of service.

His decision to retire from national football followed a leaked audio that was attributed to him where he called out Fufa president Moses Magogo over the administrator’s derogatory statements after the latter termed football played by the Chan team as “shitty.”

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Onyango who was clearly disgusted with the comments said he would never play for the country again and that FUFA should find other players to ‘make for them money’.

Onyango hints at return for Cranes football

During an interview with the weekly KFM Sports show a fortnight ago, Onyango expressed no desire to return to the national team fold.

He however, retains a strong relationship with Coach Micho Sredojevic who he worked with at SC Villa and Ethiopian side St.George.

Onyango who is a Champions League winner, and three-time Caf XI goalkeeper helped Uganda end a nearly four-decade absence from Afcon with a Gabon 2017 appearance.

He was also named African Player of 2016 (based in Africa), the only goalkeeper ever to win the accolade.


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