Denis Onyango Warns Fellow Sundowns Goalkeepers

Onyango’s Club Career
2004-2005: SC Villa
2005-2006: St George
2006-2010: Supersport United
2010-2011: Mpumalanga Black Aces
2011- : Mamelodi Sundowns
2013-2014: Bidvest Wits (loan)

Former Uganda Cranes captain Denis Masinde Onyango has warned fellow goal keepers at Sundowns that he will need some stopping to be displaced from the first choice spot.

Since joining PSL fifteen years ago from Ethiopian club St.George, the Ugandan net minder has grown in stature as one of the best goal keepers in African Football.

But his raise to stardom has not been a walk in the park. Onyango during his early spell at Sundowns was loaned out to Bidvest Wits where he didn’t play much either.

Denis Onyango during his days at Mpumalanga Black Aces. Courtesy photo

He was given a second bite at a cherry by then coach Pitso Mosimane at Sundowns and rest as they say is history.

Currently, veteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, Ricardo Goss, Reyaard Pieterse and youngster Jody February make a cast of Onyango’s understudies at Chloorkop.

Onyango, in an interview with Citizen, stated that these four need to work their socks off if they are to displace him from the posts.

“We all did not come to Sundowns and started playing immediately. We can’t give it to them on a silver platter, they must work hard for it and I believe that in the coming few years they will be number goalkeepers for Sundowns because everyone has their own qualities.

“They have made me a better goalkeeper this past season and I kept 15 clean sheets, I have never been to that number before and it shows that the goalkeeping department has done fantastic,” said Onyango.

Stop me if you can – Denis Onyango ready to fight for his top spot

The reigning Goalkeeper of the Season, sees a lot of potential in February and Goss, particularly the latter who made two starts in the previous season.

“Jody and Goss have brought in something different in the team because we believe they have the quality and where they are coming from, they have been winning.

“Goss was one of the best at Bidvest Wits, he is one for the future for Bafana Bafana and I believe that if he gets more game time he will eventually get more game time.

“Jody has a future with Sundowns and the national team and for me to be there as well, it pushes me to work hard and it pushes them to work hard as well,” he added.

In April this year, Onyango announced his retirement from international football in a move that has seen him put more focus on club football.



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