Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango delighted to feature in Africa Best XI for a third time
Posted: 9 January 2019 Time: 08:49
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says he has been inspired to work even harder after he was named with an elite group of players in the Africa Best XI team for 2018.
The Ugandan is the only player in the Best XI who is playing on the continent, teaming up with European superstars such as Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kalidou Koulibaly and Mohamed Salah, who was named African Player of the Year at the awards which were held in Senegal on Tuesday night.
Onyango has helped Uganda book a spot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a game to spare and has not conceded a goal in the qualifying campaign. He was also a key member as Sundowns lifted an unprecedented eight Absa Premiership trophy.
It’s the third time in a row Onyango is being named in the Best XI, a clear sign that he is one of the best keepers on the continent.
“Of course it means a lot to me, the club and the national team, because being recognised in the Best XI shows that I have done well with both club and country. So for me it’s an honour to be part of this history and it gives me more motivation as a goalkeeper to work hard because you don’t know who is watching and people recognise you when you perform. It keeps me going in the goalkeeping department,” he said last night.
“It’s an inspiration to other people out that there you can do it, as long as you do it on the field. You must always give your best.”
Onyango says he will be aiming to make the Best XI for a fourth straight time in 2019.
“I’ll be aiming to be in the Best XI for a fourth straight time, but it also comes with hard work and I try to focus on my goalkeeping department.”