Former Cranes midfieder Azira appointed as Mississippi Brilla FC head coach

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David GOMBE

Mike Azira has been appointed as the new head coach of American side Mississippi Brilla FC.

The former Uganda Cranes midfieder replaces Matt Horth at the helms of Mississippi Brilla FC.

Last year, Azira retired from professional football and embarked on the coaching journey.

“I am thankful to back at Brilla because you know, it has played a big role in my life mostly in my journey. We had a great time here but mostly you know, it helped me to define myself between who I am. We play soccer but at the end of the day, we are more than soccer players. It’s really great to be back her and serve the community and bring value to the kids and also learn something as well.”

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“I am here to serve and help the kids reach their potential as well as help the team win the championship.” Azira said in an interview

Azira recently served as head coach at Blue Mountain College head coach which is an upcoming National Association of intercollegiate Athletics program in Mississippi.

Azira who was naturalized as an American citizen in 2021 featured for the Uganda Cranes at the 2017 and 2019 AFCON Finals in Guinea and Egypt respectively.

He returns to Mississippi Brilla FC a side he played for between 2010 and 2011.

The former Cranes midfieder also played for Charleston Battery, Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids, Chicago Fire and New Mexico United.

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Azira also has a couple USL Championships under his belt; with Charleston in 2013 and New Mexico in 2022.

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