Uganda’s Onyango and Mamelodi Sundowns win CAF Champions League

It is no longer a doubt that Ugandan goal keeper, Denis Onyango has earned himself a spot at the table of men. On Sunday, 23 October 2016 Onyango became the first Ugandan player to be decorated with a CAF Champions League medal. This comes after Onyango’s South African side Mamelodi Sundowns beat Egyptian side Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate to be crowned the champions of Africa, their first ever.

Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2014 Telkom Knockout Semi Final match between Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on the 09 November 2014  ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2014 Telkom Knockout Semi Final match between Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on the 09 November 2014 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Philip Omondi has always been discussed in football circles as the greatest player Uganda has ever had. Many urged this in accordance to the 1978 African Cup of Nations tournament in which Omondi emerged a top scorer. But I bet this talk must shift to Onyango after Sunday’s enormous victory.

Onyango has been pivotal in his club although he receives very little global attention. After winning the important medal on Sunday, he is likely to receive a glimpse of worldwide attention especially if he has sharp agents.

He only played 27 minutes due to medical issues and was later replaced by Wayne Sandilands on Sunday. Amidst playing for little at the final leg, Onyango has always been considered a back bone in the Sundowners squad.

Onyango has already featured in the 30 man list vying for the CAF footballer of the year. In case he wins this, that would add more value to his name and even though he does not win this, his nomination alone has earned him a good spot.

 

 

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