Two follow Onyango in Uganda retirement

African Football

The fallout from Uganda's failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has seen two more senior players join Denis Onyango in announcing their retirement.

The Cranes finished third in Group B of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers behind Burkina Faso and Malawi after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to the latter in their final match of the campaign last month.

Following Uganda's failure to reach the continent's showpiece tournament, which is set to commence in January, captain Onyango, 35, announced that he had retired from international duty after amassing 80 caps to his name.

The East African nation is now facing a crisis in leadership after two more senior players, Hassan Wasswa and Michael Azira, both made themselves unavailable for future national team selections.

"Playing for the national team has been an honour and I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to represent my country and my family," Azira announced, according to the Daily Monitor.

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"I have enjoyed working with the federation and playing for the Uganda national team. Playing in two Africa Cup of Nations was one of the best moments with the Cranes. These memories will always stay with me and they be cherished always.

"I take this moment to thank all the coaches that I have worked with over the years and I also thank our fans who always supported us at home and on the road. I wish you all the best and I will continue to support the Cranes in any way possible."

His retirement follows Onyango hanging up his gloves on Tuesday, with the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper stepping down from national team duty just days after Wasswa had made the same decision over the weekend, per the reports.

"Playing for Cranes has been a tremendous honour," the veteran midfielder said, per Goal. "During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I 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..."

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