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Denis Onyango
Personal information
Full name Denis Masinde Onyango[1]
Date of birth 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 14
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 94 (0)
2013–2014 → Bidvest Wits 4 (0)
National team‡
2005– Uganda 70 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:03, 28 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:03, 28 May 2019 (UTC)
Denis Onyango (born 15 May 1985)[2] is a Ugandan professional footballer who plays for South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda as a goalkeeper and serves as captain of Uganda Cranes.[3]

Having begun his career in his native country, Onyango went on to play in the South African Premier Soccer League with Supersport United, Mpumalanga Black Aces, and Mamelodi Sundowns. With Mamelodi Sundowns, he won the 2016 CAF Champions League and took part in the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup. He was named the 2016 African-based African Player of the year. He was also ranked as the tenth best goalkeeper in the world in list for 2016 compiled by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.[4]

He represented Uganda at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

1 Club career
1.1 Early career
1.2 SuperSport United and Mpumalanga Black Aces
1.3 Mamelodi Sundowns
2 International career
3 Style of play
3.1 Honors
3.2 Club
3.3 Individual
4 References
5 External links
Club career
Early career
Born in Kampala, Uganda, Onyango began his career with SC Villa in Kampala and later joined St. George SA in Ethiopia.

SuperSport United and Mpumalanga Black Aces
In 2006, Onyango joined South African Premier Soccer League side Supersport United.

On 8 July 2010, he was released by SuperSport United.

On 26 July, Mpumalanga Black Aces signed free agent Onyango.[5]

Mamelodi Sundowns
In 2011, Onyango joined South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns.[6]

On 2 August 2013, he made a loan move to league rivals Bidvest Wits.[7]

In July 2014 Mamelodi Sundowns exercised their option to extend Onyango’s contract by a year.[6]

Onyango won the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award (best player in the South African top division) in the 2015–16 season and kept 14 clean sheets as Sundowns earned a record 71 points.[8]

The Uganda Sports Press Associations voted Onyango as the best sports personality in the month of October 2016 in Uganda.[9]

On 5 January 2017, he was voted the 2016 African-based African Player of the year at the CAF Awards held in Nigeria.[10] The final tally saw him pick up 252 votes, compared to 228 votes for second place Khama Billiat.[11]

International career
Onyango made his international debut for Uganda on 18 June 2005 World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde.[12] From then Onyango became a regularfor the Cranes.[13]

Onyango helped the Cranes qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by conceding only two goals in six matches in their qualifying group.[14] He made his first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations[15] in the 31st edition that was hosted by Gabon[16] from 14 January 2017 to 5 February 2017.

Style of play
Onyango is renowned for his penalty-saving and his play in one-on-one situations.[17] He is all round, very consistent and calm as described by Mark Anderson a former Sundowns goalkeeper coach.[18]

Super Sport United

Premier Soccer League (3): 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10
Mamelodi Sundowns

Premier Soccer League (3): 2013-14, 2015–16, 2018–19[19]
Nedbank Cup (1): 2014–15[19]
Telkom Knockout (1): 2015[19]
CAF Champions League (1): 2016
CAF Super Cup (1): 2017

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