Magogo plays down rift with Onyango

FUFA President Moses Magogo has played down suggestions that there is any lingering bad blood between him and former Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango.

Onyango and Magogo clashed in April 2021 after the latter publicly criticised Uganda Cranes players who played at the CHAN tournament in Cameroon, labelling their performance as ‘shitty and unworthy of any bonus payments’.

Onyango replied Magogo’s claims in leaked audio where he criticised the FUFA president for being ungrateful of the players’ efforts before announcing his retirement from international football.

However, while appearing on NTV’s Press Box, Magogo insisted that he continues to respect ‘arguably Uganda’s most accomplished player’ and that there remains no rift from that exchange.

“There is no bad blood between me and Onyango,” Magogo disclosed on Monday evening.

“Before and after he retired, we had a peaceful conversation, and I commend him for a great job he has done for the national team,” the Budiope East Member of Parliament added.

“I meant everything I said, and I am certain of the word and its meaning. Besides, I was talking about the players’ performance, and whether they deserved the bonus payments, not their allowances. I think the conversation was blown up.”

“Regards Onyango, we maintain a good relationship, and he wanted to appear with me on the show tonight, but it was not possible in the end.”

“We have done a lot of things together with him, so what happened then can be overlooked, and we move on,” Magogo explained.

Onyango and Magogo last met in May at the state house in Entebbe while Onyango was being honoured by the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for diligently serving the nation through his football career.

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