“Thank you so much for all the good memories you’ve given us. I know it has not been an easy journey, but there is a lot worth celebrating."
Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga hands ex-Uganda international Geoffrey Massa a souvenir on Sunday. (Credit: Richard Sanya)
KAMPALA - Vision Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga has challenged upcoming footballers to emulate the path taken by former Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa.
Massa announced his decision to retire from the national football team early last week.
And to appreciate or recognize his contributions to the country over the last 12 years, Kabushenga handed over a souvenir frame highlighting the striker’s national team career since his debut appearance in 2005.
“Thank you so much for all the good memories you’ve given us. I know it has not been an easy journey, but there is a lot worth celebrating. The biggest of course was leading us to the Africa Cup of Nations,” Kabushenga told the striker on Sunday at the Vision Group head office in Kampala.
Massa, who made his international debut in the 2-0 defeat to Ghana on September 4, 2005 in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, has retired as Uganda’s all-time Nations/World Cup qualifying top scorer on 13 goals.
And after being appointed Cranes captain in 2015, he guided Cranes to the 2017 Nations Cup finals in Gabon on September 4, 2016 – 39 years after Jimmy Kirunda had led the team to the finals in Ghana.
“This is a very special gift and it means so much to me. New Vision has supported and contributed to the development of my career. I can’t thank you enough,” Massa told Kabushenga.
Massa then handed over a signed autographed jersey to Kabushenga.
The striker, who is a free agent now, plans to continue with his club career when the player transfer window reopens in June.