Larsen gives Onyango his due


Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango picked up the prize after impressing in the log leaders' 2-0 win over Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium last night.

Larsen gave credit to CAF's Africa-based player of the year for his efforts, and seemingly has not forgotten when Downs counterpart Pitso Mosimane singled out Arrows gloveman Nkosingiphile Gumede as being worthy of the same accolade when Abafana Bes'thende won their Nedbank Cup quarter-final earlier this month.

"I'm very, very proud of my players tonight, they went pound for pound with a quality team tonight," Larsen told reporters after the game in KwaMashu.

"How often does a Sundowns keeper get man of the match? Maybe you can tell me that because we had that by other coaches before, we had other coaches say other teams' goalkeepers are always getting man of the match.

"Today the Sundowns keeper got man of the match and that should tell you a lot.

"But also the only difference was who took the chances. I don't think it looked like African champions against a small team like Arrows tonight.

"So I'm very happy with the performance, we had four big chances today. We had a chance to go 1-0 up early in the game and they'd have to chase it but we didn't take our chances.

"I think the players executed our plan very well, but could still improve in the final third."

Larsen's side, who remain eighth on the table with 31 points from 26 matches, next visit another title contender in Kaizer Chiefs on May 6 at FNB Stadium.

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