Thursday Apr 15, 2021. 09:57
Mike Azira has become the latest Uganda Cranes player to call time on his international career.
The 33-year-old confirmed his retirement in a statement on Wednesday. He follows Hassan Wasswa and captain Denis Onyango who announced their retirement from international football last week.
Azira made his debut in 2016 and represented his country at both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The midfielder, who has been based in the United States of America since 2008, played in all of six of the Cranes’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The East African’s started their campaign positively but ultimately missed out on a place at next year’s finals in Cameroon.
“Wishing you the best of luck, Mike Azira. A ferocious midfielder and arguably part of the best midfield we have had,” Onyango said on Twitter.
“A ruthless player who never gave a damn about what anyone thought. A true professional who gave everything for the Cranes. Thank you and enjoy your retirement.”
Thank you Mike 👏🤝🇺🇬 pic.twitter.com/0ggxu2wjV7
— Uganda Cranes (@UgandaCranes) April 14, 2021