Hassan Wasswa departing

Uganda Cranes defender and Vice-captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda has agreed on terms to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad Jeddah.

Hassan Wassawa has been a free agent after Egyptian top tier club Tala’ea El Gaish Sports Club released him after expiration of his contract last year.

He left the country on Monday evening for Jeddah to formalize with the club and ink the employment contract.

The 31-year-old has featured for Cranes at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments in 2017 (Gabon) and 2019 (Egypt) and has over 70 caps for the national team.

He has previously played for KCCA (Uganda), Saint George (Ethiopia) F.C Cape Town (South Africa) , Karabükspor (Turkey), Altay (Turkey), Kayseri Erciyesspor (Turkey),  Đồng Nai F.C (Vietnam),  SC Villa (Uganda) , Al-Shorta (Iraq), Vipers SC (Uganda), Al-Nejmeh (Lebanon) and Tala’ea El Gaish (Egypt).

Al-Ittihad Club Saudi Arabia also known as Al-Ittihad Jeddah or simply Al-Ittihad, meaning The Union, is a Saudi Premier League football club based in Jeddah. Al-Ittihad has won 8 League titles and three Asian championships. Overall, it holds 33 official trophy wins in its history.

In May 2015, Al-Ittihad entered The Guinness Book Of Records, as the first and only Saudi Arabian/Asian club entering it, because the club had won 232 different local and regional championships in games in Mansour Albalawi’s reign as a chairman of the club from 2002 to 2008, and for back-to-back wins of the AFC Champions League in 2004 and 2005, as the only Asian team to accomplish it.