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Murushid Juuko retires from International football

Juuko's last Cranes appearance ended in a disappointment when he was shown red against Mali in 2022 World Cup Qualifying Group E match at the St Mary’s Stadium Kitende in Entebbe in September, 2021.

David GOMBE

Express FC defender Murushid Juuko has announced his retirement from International football.

The development was confirmed on Thursday morning in letter the defender wrote to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations

“If you told me as a young boy I would have played for my country over 50 caps and lined up against some of the biggest national teams. I would have told you it was a fantasy. I am fortunate to have realized those dreams however I feel I have served the nation enough and it’s time for me to call it a day with the Uganda Cranes.”

This hasn’t been a simple decision for me to make but together with my family and management we think this is the right step for me to take.”

Juuko with former Cranes captain Denis Masinde Onyango

Juuko also thanked the Federation, teammates and government for the support during his time at the Uganda Cranes team

I want to take this opportunity to thank FUFA, my teammates on the national team (past and present), the government and all football stake holders for their support during my time with the Uganda Cranes.”

Juuko’s retirement letter

Juuko made his Cranes debut on 11 July 2014 against Seychelles national team with Uganda emerging as 1-0 winners

Murushid Juuko during a Uganda Cranes game at Mandela National Stadium

He represented Uganda at the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon and Egypt respectively.

Juuko who will now concentrate on his current club Express FC has previously featured for Bunamwaya (now Vipers SC), Victoria University (now defunct), Simba (Tanzania), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco).

Juuko in action

He joins Mike Azira, Hassan Wasswa and goalkeeper Dennis Masinde Onyango who retired from International football last year.

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