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Former Uganda Cranes skipper to celebrate legacy with annual tournament

By Football256 Team
Andy mwesigwa talking to some of the participating students following the launch of his tournament | Roni Lusulire photo

When you have enjoyed a career like Andy Mwesigwa’s, then society is blessed with an individual who many should look up to especially the young and upcoming players.

But in our local setting, we rarely use the expertise and know-how of the individuals who have gone on to enjoy brilliant careers, as we shun them and often fail to utilize the resources and experience, they hold and how significant they can be especially in nurturing and developing future talents.

But as good citizens, these individuals usually come up with their own initiatives in a bid to develop more talents especially in the areas they grew up in.

In the same vain, former Uganda Cranes skipper Andrew Mwesigwa on Saturday launched a football tournament that will be played annually, named after himself to celebrate his legacy as well as help nurture and unearth the next football gem.

Dubbed the “Andrew Mwesigwa Cup”, the tournament will be held annually at his school ANDY MWESIGWA COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL, Wakiso.

According to Mwesigwa, he hopes to make the day international by involving all the football clubs he played for during his football journey, with representatives from the respective clubs expected to grace the tournament.  

“We are going to make this day international at our school, in that we shall have representatives from the 5 clubs I played for as a professional footballer that is FC Ordabasy in Khazakhstan, IBV in Iceland where my journey started, Chonquing Lifan in China, Saigon FC in Vietnam and FC Yenicami in Cyprus,” Mwesigwa said during the tournament launch. 

On the very day, students under their respective classes participated in different sports disciplines like football, Netball and Volley ball with winners walking away with medals as well as trophies.

On January 23rd 2018, Mwesigwa officially retired from the game of football after a successful career that lasted 16 years, starting at SC Villa in 2002, before moving to IBV in 2006, then going on to enjoy a 10-year professional career that traversed five clubs in five different nations.

He played a total of 206 professional games, scoring nine goals. In 2003, he made his international debut for the Uganda Cranes, before going on to play 69 games, scoring six goals eventually calling time on his Cranes career in 2014.

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