Hassan Wasswa retires from international football

Hassan Wasswa retires from international football
Hassan Wasswa of Uganda

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Apr 11, 2021. 13:00

Veteran utility player Hassan Wasswa has announced his retirement from international football, ruling him out of making any further appearances for Uganda.

The 33-year-old last played for the Cranes in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia in November 2019, his 75th appearance.

Wasswa’s international career started in 2006 and saw him appear at both the 2017 and 2019 AFCON tournaments.

“Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude,” the player wrote on social media, as quoted by Daily Monitor. “Playing for Cranes has been a tremendous honour.

“During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I’ve always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance.

It has been an honour to represent my family, my teammates and the people of Uganda.”

Wasswa added: “With much sadness, but without regret, I realise that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands.

“I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the National team. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play.

“Knowing I can no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable, I have chosen to end my Cranes career.

“This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honourable action to take at this time in my life.

“I cherished every moment of my time with the National team, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played.

“I anxiously look forward to [the] next Cranes engagement, but this time with the sole focus of being a great fan.”

Wasswa has played for the likes of Kampala City, Saint George, Karabukspor, SC Villa, Tala’ea Al Gaish and Jeddah in his club career.

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