The President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo has asked Uganda Cranes players who feel they are tired to honorably retire.
“We ask those players who are tired to honourably retire, we shall give them a good send-off,” said Magogo during a media engagement held at the Jevine Hotel, Rubaga on Tuesday.
The engagement comes after the Uganda Cranes failed to qualify for their third straight Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Uganda lost 1-0 away in their last Group B AFCON qualifier to Malawi a few days ago and failed to book a ticket to Cameroon.
Magogo made it clear that they are beginning a cycle of rebuilding the Uganda Cranes. “The focus of FUFA is now to rebuild the Uganda Cranes. This does not mean that all the players who have been with the senior team will not continue,” added Magogo.
He pointed out that great football teams around the world are built in cycles. “Teams go up and get to their peak and eventually go down. Players get old,” added Magogo.
Magogo, who is also a CAF Executive member and a recently elected Member of Parliament in Uganda also made it clear that since they have been building youth football, this is the time to start giving some of the youth players a chance to feature in the senior teams. “Some results will not be good in the beginning, but we are ready for that,” he added.
“It is true we had a good team that has performed. But it is also true that people get old and players get past their best because it is the reality of life,” explained the FUFA President who also made it clear they will soon have a new technical agenda which will technically address the game of football.
He gave an example of former Uganda Cranes skipper and now the team manager Geoffrey Massa who retired when he felt he was tired. “We had Massa who averaged a goal per match at home and he retired,” stressed Magogo.
The FUFA boss however made it clear that they have scored highly with the national team qualifying for the 2017, 2019 AFCON, the U-17 team qualifying for the 2019, 2021 AFCON, playing at the CHAN in the last five editions teams and the U-20 team reaching the final in the 2021 U-20 AFCON among others.
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