Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi Officially Retires

Former Uganda Cranes left back Godfrey Walusimbi alias Jjaja Walu has officially hanged his boots.

Walusimbi announced his retirement from active football as player via a statement he posted on Facebook.

The left back hinted on going straight into football management.

“I have resolved to officially retire from professional football as a player,” Walusimbi wrote.

“Realizing that I am at self-actualization, I confidently confirm that I can’t miss playing football at all, and straight away transition go be into football.”

Jajja Walu (right) against Mo Salah

The official retirement comes after exactly two years since his retirement from national team where he remained the most caped Uganda Cranes player with 105 caps and three goal.

And this comes after a former National teammate Tonny Mawejje recently held two testimonial matches to end his football career, and Walu was involved.

After the 2019 AFCON campaign in Egypt, Walusimbi joined Albania’s top flight Vilazania FC on a one year deal, making it his last official professional deal as a player.

Godfrey Walusimbi in Kaizer Chiefs colours

“I am extremely grateful for the experience, relationship and exposure the game brought to me, my walk of life has been made possible by many factors and people behind the scene so to reaching my self-actualisation as a pro player,” he adds.

Walusimbi traces his career way back in 2000 when he joined SC Villa as a youth player from Mpigi United before securing his first contract seven years later at the team.

He added: “So, I would love to appreciate my mother club and other clubs that have given me exposure: Bunamwaya, Don Bosco, Gor Mahia, Kaizer Chiefs and Vilazania (Albani).”

He also commented the FUFA Presidents, coaches for both national teams and clubs, teammates for both clubs and national team, fans, friends and family members “for making countless sacrifices and allow me live my dream for that long.”

Uganda’s defender Godfrey Walusimbi (R) challenges Mali’s midfielder Yves Bissouma during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Uganda and Mali in Oyem on January 25, 2017. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Cranes Captain Denis Onyango: “Enjoy your retirement Godfrey Walusimbi. What a fabulous career you have had and no doubt one of the best roving left backs to ever donned the Uganda Cranes jersey (Cranes class of 2017 & 2019). It was pleasure being your captain. Farewell my left back, farewell Jajja Walu)



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