Hassan Wasswa: Cranes assistant captain announces retirement from national team

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Defensive midfielder cum defender and assistant captain, Hassan Wasswa, has announced that he has retired from the national team putting an end to the 13-years of dedicated service to Uganda Cranes.

The development was confirmed on Friday via his social media platforms where he revealed that it is the right time to call it quits after an illustrious career.

“Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude,” Wasswa stated on his social media before adding that; “Playing for Cranes has been a tremendous honour. During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I’ve always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. It has been an honour to represent my family, my teammates and the people of Uganda.”

“With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am 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. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play. Knowing I can no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable, I have chosen to end my Cranes career. This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honourable action to take at this time in my life. I cherished every moment of my time with the National Team, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played. I anxiously look forward to the next Cranes engagement, but this time with the sole focus of being a great fan.”

“Reflecting on my 13 years with the Cranes, and all that was required to reach my current situation, reminded me of the many people I owe humble, sincere gratitude.”

He further thanked his parents, coaches and teammates for providing a suitable playing environment for him.

“My parents provided me with the perfect combination of love and discipline and taught me what hard work and persistence truly are. All that I am, and everything I have done, is because of them. Every time I put on that Cranes uniform, I have always strived to honour them and the principles they stand for, and I can only hope that I haven’t let them down.”

“The coaches I have learned from and played for as a Cranes player has been nothing short of outstanding. It was an absolute privilege to play for all of them, from Coach Lazio Csaba in 2006 to Coach Jonathan McKinstry during my final time. All of the assistant coaches and the entire technical team were absolutely devoted to helping me perform to the best of my abilities. Thank you for your effort and dedication. It was an honour to play for you.”

“To my exceptional teammates, former and current, I owe you everything. I look forward to addressing you formally and privately at a later time, but please know that I love and respect all of you, and not having the opportunity to be around you is what will hurt most of all. Forming friendships and unbreakable bonds of trust on the field is what makes football so special and so important to me. When reminiscing on my Cranes career, I won’t think about games won or lost, but rather, I know I will think about you and the time we shared together, the trust and love we had for each other and the unwavering willingness we had to help each other succeed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“I thank ALLAH every day for all that He has given me: my family, my friends, my teammates and for making me Ugandan. Today, I would like to thank God for having been given an opportunity to play for Cranes, and for allowing me the privilege of a 13-year professional football career.”

Wasswa has been a mainstay in the Uganda Cranes setup since 2007 and he had  gone on to garner 75 caps of the Uganda National team and participated in two AFCON finals tournament ( 2017 and 2019)

At club level, the 33-year old has featured for KCCA FC (Uganda), Saint George (Ethiopia) F.C Cape Town (South Africa), Karabükspor (Turkey), Altay (Turkey), Kayseri Erciyesspor (Turkey),  Đồng Nai F.C (Vietnam), SC Villa (Uganda), Al-Shorta (Iraq), Vipers SC (Uganda), Al-Nejmeh (Lebanon), Tala’ea El Gaish (Egypt) and Al-Ittihad (UAE)

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