Uganda skipper retires from international duty

Uganda skipper retires from international duty
Geofrey Massa

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Mar 30, 2017. 11:30

Information coming through to is that former Baroka FC striker Geofrey Massa has retired from the Ugandan national team.

The Cranes skipper has decided to step down as he wants to focus on his club career.

Although reports from Uganda indicate that he is engaged in talks with European and Middle East clubs, the burly striker remains clubless.

The 31-year-old striker has decided to call it quits on his remarkable Cranes career after leading the Cranes to their first AFCON appearance earlier this year since 1978.

Speaking to the New Vision website, the former University of Pretoria, Bloemfontein Celtic, Jomo Cosmos in the South Africa and Baroka FC striker will now focus at his club football career.


“I have decided to retire from the national team after consulting with my family and I believe it’s the right time to start a new chapter,” Massa said to New Vision.

“It has been a wonderful experience for me and I am grateful to have served my country at the best of my abilities.

“I will make a formal communication when I arrive in the country tomorrow (today).”

Massa made his international debut in a 2-0 defeat to Ghana on September 2005 in a 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, he retires with the honour of being Uganda’s all-time Nations/World Cup qualifying top scorer on 12 goals.

Ugandan football has produced talented players down the years, but few have ever matched Massa’s drive, consistency or commitment at national level after getting over 80 caps.

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