I Have Never Retired From the National Team – Andy Mwesigwa

Andy Mwesigwa began his professional career with SC Villa in 2002, and he has been in the national team set-up since 2003.

During a recent interview with local radio station CBS, the defender who played for Uganda Cranes for 14 years claimed he hasn’t retired, adding if he is called upon he won’t hesitate.

“I have never announced my retirement and if am called at anytime, I will respond positively,” Mwesigwa said.

“Initially, I told you that if I get my replacement, I will retire … but my only worry is that I don’t want to overshadow those new boys like Murshid Juuko and Isaac Isinde,” he added.

Mwesigwa’s last encouter with the National team was in November 2014, in the African Nations Cup qualifiers against Guinea in Morocco.  Cranes lost the game 2-0, a game many Ugandans suggest the defender contributed to the loss.

Addressing the matter, he angrily said: “I can even fight and kill a person just because of such words.”

“I was brought up in a religious family, a faithful person and my fellow players are my witnesses. Money doesn’t drive me, because I started earning money way back when I turned professional,” he avowed.

Speaking more on his love for football and Uganda Cranes, he talked about how he would even spend his own money on fellow players.


“To be honest with you, I have never even taken national team bonus money because I left it in the camp, gave it to the ex-internationals and even to my fellow players.”

“I always used my own money to transport myself to Uganda for matches, that’s how patriotic I was, how I could sell a match?” he wondered.

Born in Kamuli, as a defender, Mwesigwa played for clubs including Previous clubs: SC Villa (Uganda), IBV (Iceland), Chongqing lifan (China), Ordabasy (Kazakhstan), Yenican (Cyprus) and Saigon (Vietnam).

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