Nafian Alionzi makes his URA exit official in emotional farewell

Alionzi Nafian has officially departed URA FC|Twitter URA FC

FOOTBALL Nafian Alionzi makes his URA exit official in emotional farewell

Allan Damba 08:53 - 29.08.2023

Without necessarily revealing his next destination, Nafian Alionzi has confirmed his departure from URA FC, a side he featured for the past seven years.

Having captained the Tax Collectors for the last two seasons, Alionzi has called it quits at URA, signing out as a vastly diligent servant.

"Thank you, URA, for giving a chance to an ambitious boy; 7 years of parenting and nurturing is not found everywhere," Alionz said in a grateful toast.

"From a humble beginning as a Senior six(6) leaver to a Bachelor's degree holder, from a young amateur player to a professional player under your mentorship."

"My humble and sincere appreciation goes to the URA FC Management, the technical team, the support staff, the players and the fans for your hospitality during my stay with you. Wishing you the very best in your future endeavours," he signed out.

Alionzi during URA warm-ups. He has announced his departure|URA FC Image

The Uganda Cranes goal-minder has been reported to a move in Ethiopia, with Ethiopian Defence Forces' side Mekelakeya SC, his most likely base for the future.

Over a week back, an Ethiopian publication, Soccer Ethiopia, stressed: "Under the new coach, the team is looking forward to the next season and have signed their first player, goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi from Uganda."

However, the club is yet to make any official announcement on the alleged move.

Alionzi Nafian has left URA FC

Alionzi made 26 league appearances last season, managing 12 shutouts, which was the second most after Simon Tamale.

URA have been forced into making two signings to fill his gigantic boots, with Denis Otim and Rogers Omedwa coming in from Express FC and Arua Hill SC, respectively.