Former Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango has encouraged players planning to retire from football to consider having testimonial games.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper flew back to Uganda from South Africa to be part of Tony Mawejje’s farewell games this week.
The latter’s matches will be played between the current Uganda Cranes squad composed of the U-23 players and his All-Star team selected mainly from the the 2017 Cranes AFCON squad.
“Having testimonial games for our players retiring from the sport is a very good gesture,” Onyango said while appearing on NBSPressbox on Monday.
“If musicians honour each other, football players need to do the same. It also inspires young footballers.”
The games will be played at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo and Masaka Recreation Grounds on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Entrance fees will be 20,000/= and 50,000/= for the general and VIP ticket respectively at Lugogo while 10,000/= will be paid in Masaka.
Onyango and Mawejje are among the Cranes players who led Uganda to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1978 in 2017.
A host of others including Hassan Wasswa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Denis Iguma, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, and Murushid Juuko have also confirmed their availability.
“It has been quite a journey. We did not know that football would take us this far,” Onyango further noted.
“Coming here for Tony Mawejje’s testimonial games is not about the money, it is about the brotherhood.”
Mawejje broke onto the scene in 2000 at Masaka Local Council FC and went ahead to feature for 11 different clubs both locally and internationally.
Before his retirement, mawejje had 83 appearances for the Uganda Cranes scoring eight goals.
“The one moment that will never go off my mind is the day I put on the national colours for the first time,” Mawejje said on the same show before adding.
“My journey as a football player ended, but my journey as a football coach is getting started. I am not sad but joyful.”
The former KCCA FC, URA FC, and Police FC player marked his Cranes debut on November 16th, 2003 coming on as a 71st minute substitute for Hood Kaweesa against Mauritius.
Funds that will be generated from his testimonial games will be used to kick start the TM6 Academy that will specialize in nurturing midfielders.
David Obua, Brian Umony, Vincent Kayiizi, Mike Sserumaga, and Mike Mutyaba are some of the other former Cranes players that have confirmed their presence.
As Micho will take charge of the current Cranes team, on the other hand, George Ssimwogerere will coach the All-Star team.