Former Uganda Cranes and New Mexico United midfielder Michael Azira has been awarded the Humanitarian Of the Year at his club for his works towards charity in Uganda and abroad.
The SC Villa product who has spent his entire club career trading in Canada and the United States of America has impacted communities both in Uganda and in New Mexico.
“Mike has been creating opportunity, positivity, fundraising, and inspiration for the youth of New Mexico,” a communication from the club said.
“Mike’s actions have made a powerful impact locally and the effects have been felt across the globe as the @aziramicheal continues to pave a path to success in his home country of Uganda.
“Here’s to our 2021 Humanitarian of the Year and the countless lives he has impacted,” they declared of Azira, being the first East African player to win the coveted award.
Azira who was elated for the recognition did not hide his excitement, and dedicated it to his teammates and the entire club, via his social media platforms.
“Thanks to all our fans, teammates, our foundation’s team and donors, it was all your support that created all that we have achieved. Let’s put our efforts together and continue to make a difference.”
According to reports, Azira has been running the Azira Micheal Youth Foundation as a channel through which he can repay gratitude to someone whose unconditional love and support he was shown.
The mission is to use sports as a vehicle to give children in Uganda access to education, nutrition and character development.
Through donations, he alongside partners foster children’s pathways to following and fulfilling their dreams.
Azira announced his retirement from the national team in 2021 after the Cranes’ failed campaign to make it to the 2022 AFCON finals in Cameroon.