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UGANDA’S GEOFFERY MASSA RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Geoffrey Massa has announced his international retirement from Uganda duty after a 12-year career for the Cranes.

The 31-year old striker has decided to call time on his remarkable Cranes career, almost three months after leading the national football team to its first ever Africa Nations Cup appearance since 1978.

“I have decided to retire from the national team after consulting with my family and I believe it’s the right time to start a new chapter,” Massa said as he broke his retirement decision to New Vision on phone on Tuesday.

Massa, who made his international debut in the 2-0 defeat to Ghana on September 4, 2005 in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, retires with the honour of being Uganda’s all-time Nations/World Cup qualifying top scorer on 12 goals.

“It has been a wonderful experience for me and I am grateful to have served my country at the best of my abilities. I will make a formal communication when I arrive in the country tomorrow (today),” Massa stated.

Although Massa has decided to bring to an end a 12- year career littered with immeasurable success and setbacks, he plans to continue with his club career.

The former Police, El Masry, El Shams, Jomo Cosmos, Amatuks, Yenicami, Bloemfontein Celtic and Baroka FC striker is still in negotiations with potential suitors in Europe and the Middle East.

Ugandan football has produced talented players down the years, but few, have ever matched Massa’s drive, consistency or commitment at national level.

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