Uganda Cranes skipper Dennis Masinde Onyango is the longest serving player on the current Cranes squad being on the national team fold for the last 13 years.
After guiding the team to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the shot stopper was quick to hint about his retirement from the national team.
Onyango indicates that he has served the country well and thus he feels it is the right time to give chance to other people. He went ahead to state that the game against Cape Verde could have been his last Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier game at home.
” I’m first of all delighted that we are back to AFCON for the second successive edition. I thank the players, coaches, federation and the fans for the support,” he started
” I think this could be last AFCON qualifier game at home because I believe it is the right time for me to give way to other players. I’m confident Uganda is full of talent and they will carry on with the job.” Onyango added.
Onyango made his debut for the Cranes in 2005 and has since then been the first choice goalkeeper. He was named the team captain in 2016 after Geoffrey Massa had retired.
Asked about how he feels being the only goalkeeper yet to concede a goal in the ongoing Qualifiers, Onyango gave credit to the entire team.
” I thank my fellow players because we achieve this as a team not me. The coaches equally have played their role. I also thank my fellow goalkeepers, Salim Jamal, Charles Lukwago, Ismael Watenga because we have moved this journey together. ” He said.
Patrick Kaddu scored the lone goal on Saturday as Uganda edged Cape Verde to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a game(away to Tanzania) to spare.