President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni gifted ex-Uganda cranes goal keeper Dennis Onyango Masinde with a brand new car Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
The car gift was given to him by state House in honor of his contribution to national team which he served for over 10 years.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalie went to state house and received the gift in the presence of his mother, FUFA officials and the first lady Janet Museveni, who is also the Minister OF Education and Sports.
“My son @masindeonyango, Mama @JanetMuseveni, my self and the entire country appreciate and thank you for bringing us national pride through your heroic exhibitions on and off the pitch, in and outside the country. We wish you the best of luck.” Read the president’s tweet
Onyango was part of the team that helped Uganda cranes qualify for the African Cup of Nations in Gabon 2017 and Egypt 2019.
According to statistics, this was a great achievement as Uganda had not featured in the tournament for 38 years since 1978 when The Cranes qualified and lost to Ghana at the finals.
In 2016, he won the CAF Africa player of the year award having guided Mamelodi Sundowns to their first Total CAF Champions League title.
He announced his retirement from national duty on 9th, April, 2021 with 79 caps to his name since making his international debut in 2005 against Cape Verde.
In the leaked audio recording, the 36 year old Onyango said the unfair terms and conditions the players have been going through was the reason why he retired from the national team.
“It is a sad day in my life knowing that I will never wear the Jersey of my loved Uganda cranes again. I will now become a supporter who wears the jersey in the stands from home,” he said.
He started his football carrier as a child in Nsambya FC before playing for SC Villa in 2004-2005. From 2005-2006, he signed for Ethiopian club St-George before going to South Africa in 2006 to join super Sport United until 2010. From 2010-2011, he joined Mpumalanga Black Aces and he is currently at Mamelodi sundown’s.