Former Cranes skipper Dennis Onyango is arguably the greatest Ugandan Football export of all time.

He has over the years proved that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the World.

The Mamelodi Sundowns Pro has managed to lead Uganda to two successive Africa Cup of Nations Tournaments and has won a number of League titles in South Africa’s PSL. He has also won the African Player of the year Award.

Onyango recently hang up his football boots after over 15 years of senior football and he was today honored by President Museveni at State House Entebbe. He was gifted an SUV valued at UGX 300M

The 36 year old was accompanied by Minister of Sports Hamson Obua, mother and Fufa officials.

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Onyango announced his retirement from the Uganda national team on April 12. Having amassed over 70 caps with the Cranes since 2005, Onyango announced exactly two weeks after they failed to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals under his captaincy.

His retirement, including that of Hassan Wasswa and Michael Azira, generated heated debate with many affiliated it to FUFA president Moses Magogo.

Onyango and Mother at State House

The Parliamentary however sought answers for Onyango’s retirement from Minister of Sports Hamson Obua who cleared the air by saying it was time up. “In sports, we talk about retirement; we thank them for their illustrious career. Human resource experts will tell you that there is time for everything,” Obua said.

There is time to enter service, time to serve, and time to exit. That is factual. But we thank them for the time and service they have rendered to the country.”

Uganda will start their post-Onyango era in the forthcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers. They have been pooled with Kenya, Mali, and Rwanda.

On Friday, he will be in parliament where he will be hosted before making a return to South Africa to prepare for Sunday’s league assignment against TS Galaxy.