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Denis Onyango

Denis Onyango
Personal information
Full name Denis Onyango
Date of birth (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 34)
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
Villa SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (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 only and 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.

[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]

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]

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]

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]

Club career

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

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]



Super Sport United
Mamelodi Sundowns


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  2. ^ Mwine, Julian (10 September 2016). "Interview: Uganda Cranes goalkeeper on qualifying for AFCON and the future". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Sundowns Player Ratings for Telkom Knockout Final against Kaizer Chiefs". Kick Off. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ Isabirye, David (4 September 2016). "Uganda Cranes qualify for AFCON after 38 years". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Gabon named hosts of AFCON 2017". CAF. 8 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Ugandan football needs creativity". SuperSport official website. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
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  8. ^ Isabirye, David (6 January 2017). "Onyango, Uganda Cranes clinch CAF Awards". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Glo CAF Awards 2016: Mahrez crowned African Player of the Year – IgbereTV News". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  10. ^ Reporter, Phakaaathi. "Onyango named in top-10 list of best goalkeepers in the world". The Citizen. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Sundowns Player Ratings for Telkom Knockout Final against Kaizer Chiefs". Kick Off. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Denis Onyango voted South Africa's best". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Mamelodi Sundowns exercise Denis Onyango contract option". Kick Off. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  14. ^ "USPA votes goalie Onyango as October's best sports personality". Kawowo Sports. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Denis Onyango signs with Mpumalanga Black Aces". Kick Off. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Onyango loaned out to Wits - BigEye.UG". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Uganda - Cape Verde 1:0 (WC Qualifiers Africa 2004/2005, Group 2)". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Denis Onyango » Internationals". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  19. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference Soccerway was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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