Onyango Speaks Out on Caf Player of the Year Final Shortlist

Dennis Onyango has had a successful year both for club and country

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper, salve Dennis Masinde Onyango has expressed his joy for making it to final five shortlist of the African best player based in Africa.

Onyango who plies his trade at CAF champions league winners, Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa says he is humbled to make the final shortlist and also have his efforts recognized.

“I feel good and I’m humbled to be part of the final five nominees for the best players playing on the African continent. It is not usual to find a goalkeeper being part of the nominees,” said Onyango.

“I believe it’s entirely hard work that I have put in throughout the year both at the club and country that my efforts have now been recognized,” added the lanky goalkeeper.

Arguably the best goalkeeper on the African continent at the moment, Onyango had a splendid campaign this year both for his club Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda.

He played an integral part as Masandawana won the Premier Soccer League in South Africa and was voted the best goalkeeper in the league last season.

He further helped Sundowns to win the coveted CAF champions league making the best XI of the competition and also becoming the first Ugandan to win the title.

The successful story did not stop at club but also transited to the national team, where Onyango helped the Uganda cranes to qualify for 2017 African cup of Nations after a spell of 38 years.

In an interview with ChimpSport, Onyango indicated that he will live to cherish this year for the success he has attained.

“I will cherish this year as my best moment in my life. I’m glad my efforts have been recognized. The nomination alone is a huge achievement,” he said.

However, Onyango shared his opinion about who deserves to win and thinks it is between him and teammate Khama Billiat.

“It is only me and Billiat that will be playing at African cup of Nations, so I believe that is where I think stiff competition is but everyone on the list is equally deserving and I think whoever wins will be fitting,” stated Onyango.

The shot stopper is also vying for the 2016 FUFA Male footballer if the year award slated for 2nd December.

CAF released the final shortlist on Tuesday and Onyango shares the five man shortlist with three other teammates in Keagan Dolly, Khama Billiat and Hlompho Kekana alongside TP Mazembe captain Rainford Kalaba.


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