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Striker Geoffrey Massa has said he is going to retire from the national team before the start of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers which start in June this year.
Geoffrey Massa in action for the Cranes against Ghana last year.
Striker Geoffrey Massa has said he is going to retire from the national team before the start of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers which start in June this year.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone from his Pretoria base on Monday night, Massa revealed he has played for the national team for the last 12 years and his family wishes to spend more time with him.

Massa who netted four goals in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers, said it was a tough decision to retire, but his family, especially his wife, cannot stand him being on national duty all the time when he should be with them.

According to Massa, his wife has been complaining for the last 11 years and his two children also miss him a lot when he is with the national team. “It\'s high time I took a huge decision to retire before things get out of hand,” added the striker.

The striker who scored one of the goals in University of Pretoria\'s 2-2 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic in the South African Premier League match last Saturday, said it is even worse in June this year because that is the time he will be off season from his team in South Africa and needs to spend it with the family.

“I have been playing for Uganda Cranes because I love my country so much. It is not for the money because I make more money with University of Pretoria,” says Massa.

Massa says his contribution for the national team has been substantial. He is disappointed that Uganda has not qualified for the Afcon tournament since 1978. He believes it will be the younger generation of players who can break that jinx.

National coach Milutin \'Micho\' Sredojevic, wished Massa \"all the best.\" \"During our last match against Nigeria he was leading by example captaining the team together with Onyango on and off the field. He left back to South Africa and we were in close contact nothing gave me sign that he wants to retire,\" Coach Micho said in an to URN.

The former Police FC striker has scored 12 goals in Afcon qualifiers for the national team, while David Obua who retired in 2013 netted 10.

If Massa goes through with hanging up his boots, he will join former Cranes players like Ibrahim Sekagya, Nestroy Kizito and David Obua who retired in 2012.