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Hassan Wasswa Announces Retirement From National Team Football

Hassan Wasswa Announces Retirement From National Team Football

The Uganda Cranes midfielder turned defender, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, has announced that he will be retiring from the national team. He took pride in donning the Cranes for 13 years but has decided to call it quits for the team.

On Friday, Hassan, 33, posted on his social media accounts that after 13 years of service to the country, it is time for him to step back. He did this so as to concentrate on his club, and also to pave way for younger talents to also be in the spotlight.

‘’Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Playing for Cranes has been a tremendous honor. It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates, and the people of Uganda. With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I’m 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,’’ Hassan said.

He said that he decided to end his career with the Cranes because he knew he could no longer compete at the level he found acceptable.

Hassan Wasswa took part in the games that saw Uganda return to AFCON after 38 years in 2017. However, he last stepped on the pitch for the national team in a 1-0 friendly against Ethiopia in 2019. He has since been relegated to the bench.

Even in the recently concluded AFCON qualifier games, in which Cranes failed to qualify, Hassan didn’t play.

Earlier this week, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo took a swing at aged players though he did not mention names. He said these players have stuck to the national team for so long yet many of them are not adding anything to the team. He even partly blamed them for the team’s failure.

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