Uganda cranes left back Godfrey Walusimbi alias Jajja Walu has officially retired from the Uganda Cranes, bringing and end to a 10-year career with the national team.
The former SC Villa, Gor Mahia and Kaizer Chiefs star made his decision known to FUFA and the entire country, hours after Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry released a 22-man squad for the international friendly against Ethiopia, on 13th October.
Walusimbi was surprisingly not part of the summoned squad, a rare occurrence in the last decade, as he has been a mainstay in the Cranes fold.
According to a statement released by the player, the 30-year-old expressed delight at being accorded the opportunity to represent his country at the highest level.
He also expressed the need to let younger players come through and take over the role, as he feels they have more potential and desire to do great more than he still harbors.
“its been 10 years down the road, having a great honour and privilege to represent my country Uganda in international football tournaments,” Read part of the statement.
“Together with the support of my teammates, management, fans, and the government at large, I believe I have done my best concerning representation of my country with full abilities,”
“To that, I have decided to let younger players to showcase their abilities too, and we hope they too will embody the spirit of the nation,”
“I wish the national team the best of luck in their future endeavors, as I focus on my current club. I would like to thank you FUFA, Government and my family, may God bless you, For God and my Country.” The statement continued.
Jajja Walu is the highest capped player on the national team (since stats were first collected) with 105 caps to his name, spanning a period of 10 years, featuring two African Cup of Nations finals appearance.
The left back came through the ranks and represented the country at all junior levels from the U-17 to the U-23 level, helping the latter to a 2-1 victory over Tanzania during the All Africa games qualifiers in 2012.
On 4 September 2010, Walusimbi made his senior Uganda national team debut during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola coming on as a substitute for the injured Nestory Kizito.
On 4 June 2011, he scored his first of three Cranes goals against Guinea-Bissau in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game, at the Mandela national stadium, Namboole. Walu scored the opening goal, before Hamis Kizza came on to score the second.
Walusimbi was part of the Cranes team that made history by qualifying for the 2017 AFCON, and was at it again, as the Cranes made history again by qualifying for the knock out stage of the tournament since 1978.
His last game for the Cranes came in a 1-0 defeat against Senegal, at the round of 16 stage, during the 2019 AFCON, in Egypt.
Walusimbi was also part of the Uganda Cranes team that defeated rivals Kenya at Namboole during the 2012 CECAFA senior challenge cup.
The player however remains active for his club side, KF Vllaznia in Albanina, where he still has less than one year left on his contract.
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