Ugandan goalie Denis Onyango has become South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns’ first-choice shot stopper in 2015 dislodging Zambian Africa Cup of Nations winning star Kennedy Mweene.
Onyango who has also been Uganda’s number one goalkeeper since 8 July 2010 is currently being praised in media downsouth by Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for his fine performances.
“Every position is up for grabs. Let him fight and if he convinces he will keep the position.”
The former SC Villa and Nsambya goalie is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the Africa’s richest league now; like posting marvelous performances as he manned the posts in the 4-1 thrashing of Moroka Swallows in the League, http://degrisogono.com/safe/plugins/redirection/redirection.php and in the 1-1 draw with St Michel in the CAF Champions League. The Ugandan will retain his place when Downs open their Nedbank Cup account against NFD side Thanda Royal Zulu at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.
Onyango initially joined Downs on a three-year contract in 2011 with an option of a further year which was then exercised last year while he was on loan at Bidvest Wits and now at with the ‘Brazilians’.
“I see it as a big responsibility to be back to a great club like Downs, http://crossfitabf.com/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php ” Onyango explains to this website in an online interview.
“It is a dream come true, now it is my job to make the most of this opportunity that has come my way.
“At Downs we have very good goalkeepers in the shape of Mweene and Wayne Sandilands.
“The PSL has always had top-quality goalkeepers.
But since returning to the club early last year, the 29-year-old, just like the previous three years, had largely been third choice to Mweene and former Bafana Bafana keeper Wayne Sandilands.
Onyango’s size and agility made him hard to beat and his physical presence made their shaky defence impenetrable. Onyango is highly regarded for his outstanding concentration and shot stopping abilities.
His 6ft 1inch frame is the other bonus. Onyango moved to South Africa in 2006 during which he signed for SuperSport United on a four year deal before joining Mpumulanga Black Aces for a season.