By Alex Bossa
Police FC midfielder general Tonny Mawejje is set to retire from active football at the end of the current Uganda Premier League.
Tonny Mawejje who scored Police FC’s goal in the 1-1 draw against Bright Stars reminded his followers that he is the best and last midfield pillar the country has ever or will ever have.
After scoring the game’s opener, the 34-year-old veteran midfielder went to the corner and pulled his jersey chest high to reveal the inner wear which held the words “The last dance of the midfield general”.
The message was interpreted by most of the media houses that soon the midfielder will be the latest from his generation to hang up his playing boots following the untimely retirement of Denis Onyango, Mike Azira, and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda.
Mawejje joined Police FC on a free transfer last year and he has been a key figure in Police’s league mid table asspirations. This was Mawejje’s second spell at Police FC after initially playing for the club in the 2006-2007 season before joining Uganda Revenue Authority.
His 17-year club career has seen him play for clubs such as KCC (2004-2005), Police (2006-2007), URA (2008-2009), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (2009-2013), Golden Arrows (2012 loan), Haugesund (2014), Valur (2014 loan), Þróttur (2015-2017), Tirana (2017-2019), Al-Arabi SC (2019) and Police (2020-todate).
Mawejje who was capped 83 times by the national team was part of the historical Uganda Cranes team that played in the 2017 AFCON where he was a key figure in the team’s set up. He made his debut for the Cranes in the 3-1 defeat away to Mauritania in 2008.
He was last summoned for national duty in November 2020 for the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against South Sudan but never made the final squad. This was Mawejje’s first summons for national duty since the 1-1 draw against Mali on 25th January 2017 in the African Cup of Nations in Gabon.