Denis Onyango

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Denis Onyango
Personal information
Full nameDenis Onyango
Date of birth (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Mamelodi Sundowns
Number 36
Youth career
Sharing
Nsambya
Villa SC
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2005 Villa SC ? (?)
2005–2006 St. George SA ? (?)
2006–2010 Supersport United 70 (1)
2010–2011 Mpumalanga Black Aces 16 (0)
2011– Mamelodi Sundowns 73 (0)
National team
2005– Uganda 63 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 27 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

Denis Onyango (born 15 May 1985 in Kampala) [1] is a Ugandan footballer who plays for South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda as a goalkeeper and serves as captain of Uganda Cranes.

Kampala Capital city in Uganda

Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda. The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Rubaga Division. Surrounding Kampala is the rapidly growing Wakiso District, whose population more than doubled between 2002 and 2014 and as of 2014 Wakiso was reported to stand at over 2 million.

Uganda Republic in East Africa

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

Association football Team field sport

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[2] Renowned for his penalty-saving and one on one situation, [3] Denis Onyango made his first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations [4] in the 31st edition that was hosted by Gabon [5] from 14 January 2017 to 5 February 2017 after helping the Cranes qualify for the finals by conceding only two goals in six matches in their qualifying group. [6]

Africa Cup of Nations main international association football competition in Africa

The CAF Africa Cup of Nations, officially CAN, also referred to as AFCON, or Total Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, is the main international association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years. The title holders at the time of a FIFA Confederations Cup qualify for that competition.

Onyango also won the 2016 CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns before taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup. He is all round, very consistent and calm as described by Mark Anderson a former sundowns goalkeeper coach. [7]

CAF Champions League football competition run by the Confederation of African Football

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On 5 January 2017, Onyango was voted the 2016 African Player of the year - based in Africa at the CAF Awards held in Nigeria. [8] The final tally saw Onyango pick up 252 votes, compared to 228 votes for second place Khama Billiat. [9]

CAF Awards

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Onyango was ranked as the tenth best goalkeeper in the world in list for 2016 compiled by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. [10]

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Club career

Onyango has played club football for Sharing Nsambya, SC Villa, Saint George SC, SuperSport United F.C., Mpumalanga Black Aces F.C., and Mamelodi Sundowns.

SC Villa association football club

Sports Club Villa is an association football club from Uganda. They play their home games at Mandela National Stadium in Wakiso district.

SuperSport United F.C. association football club

SuperSport United Football Club is a South African football club based in Pretoria that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

Mpumalanga Black Aces F.C. association football club

Black Aces were a South African football club that played in the Premier Soccer League. Aces usually played their home games in the Mpumalanga province but were based and trained in Johannesburg.

Renowned for his penalty-saving and one on one situation, [11] Onyango won the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award (best player in the South African top division) in the 2015/2016 season and kept 14 clean sheets as Sundowns earned a record 71 points. [12]

The player's agent in South Africa is Ivica Stankovic. [13]

The Uganda Sports Press Associations voted Onyango as the best sports personality in the month of October 2016 in Uganda. [14]

On 8 July 2010, he was released by SuperSport United. On 26 July, the Mpumalanga Black Ace signed Onyango from SuperSport. [15] On 2 August 2013, the Ugandan international goalkeeper secured a loan move to Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits University from Mamelodi Sundowns. [16]

International career

Onyango made his first international debut for the Uganda Cranes national team in 2005 when Uganda Cranes was playing in World Cup Qualifiers on Saturday 18. June 2005 Uganda Cranes versing Cape Verde. [17] From then Onyango has been a regular player in Uganda Cranes matches. [18]

Honors

Club

Super Sport United
Mamelodi Sundowns

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