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Long-serving Uganda Cranes defender Godfrey Walusimbi retires

Long-serving Uganda Cranes defender Godfrey Walusimbi has retired from international football.

The former Gor Mahia left back who is capped 105 time with Cranes, called time off from the national team after 10 years of active football.

“Its been 10 years down the road having a great honour and so privileged to represent my country Uganda in international football tournaments,” Walusimbi who plays in Albania said in a letter to Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).

Walusimbi, 30, who is the most capped Ugandan player, represented Cranes twice at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Egypt in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Walusimbi’s retirement came barely 24 hours after Johnathan McKinstry, who was named Cranes’ head coach, picked a 21-man squad that will take on Ethiopia in the international friendly match on 13th October 2019.

Walusimbi was left out of the Cranes’ squad for unspecified reasons but the former K’Ogalo defender shocked the new boss with untimely exit.

Joseph Benson Ochaya, Isaac Muleme, Shafiq Batambuze and Mustafa Kizza are just but some of the names who will have to battle for the position following Jajja Walu’s exit.

Walusimbi started off his career at Jogoo Youth then joined Sports Club Villa. He would later cross to  Vipers (then known as Bunamwaya)

He made hi first international break when he joined Don Bosco of the Democratic Republic of Congo then crossed over to Kenya with Gor Mahia from where he moved South Africa Premier League side Kaizer Chiefs.

Walusimbi currently plays for KF Vllaznia in the Albanian league.