Uganda Cranes midfielder Micheal Azira who left Uganda for greener pastures in the United States of America as a 19-year old was raised from a single bedroom house by his mother in Kampala.
Although others tend to forget their backgrounds, the 33-year old frankly recognizes his roots and the role played by his parents in his upbringing something that he is thankful for.
While in America, Azira started playing street football and thereafter joined college football in 2008 and 2010 for Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders and Mobile Rams respectively.
His professional career started at Mississippi Brilla in the USL League Two in 2011, he then switched to Charleston Battery FC for the 2012/13 season before joining Seattle Sounders FC in 2014/15.
“Signing my first professional contract was a dream come true, I was so excited and happy I had to call my mum and dad to tell them about it, they were really happy for me,” Azira told Fubo Sports Network.
“Deep in me, I knew I had to do something to help my family back in Uganda and I was able to build a house for my mother, and it gives me something to be thankful for, to play in the league,” he added.
Today the former SC Villa midfielder plays for Chicago Fire and he’s a mainstay in the Uganda Cranes team after playing at both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Egypt respectively.
In the Major League Soccer (MLS), Azira has featured for Seattle Sounders FC, Colorado Rapids and compatriot Mustafa Kizza’s Montreal Impact, a club he left in 2019 for Chicago Fire.
Azira was summoned by the Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry ahead of the AFCON qualifiers double header against South Sudan coming up in November.