Montreal Impact midfielder Micheal Azira has been selected for the Uganda national team that will take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Azira is a holding midfielder who has professional experience on the MLS and USL levels. Tasked with shielding the backline, the midfielder's work is often overlooked, but critical in helping the team's transition into the attacking phase as well as lessening the defensive load for teammates.
The 31-year-old has played four games for the national, having made his debut on November 12, 2016, against DR Congo and also featured in two games during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Outside of the Major League Soccer, Azira has plied his trade for USL side Charleston Battery from 2012/13, winning the 2012 USL PRO championship and scoring the winning goal in the final against Wilmington.
Azira also played in four games for Seattle Sounders 2 in USL in 2015. He won the 2014 US Open Cup with the Sounders, playing in four games in that tournament, and also played in the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League group stage with Seattle.
Uganda, in Group A, will successively face Congo on June 22, Zimbabwe on June 26 and Egypt on June 30.
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