Many have been left wondering why Uganda Cranes custodian Denis Onyango has not traded beyond Africa despite being one of the best goalkeepers on the continent.
Although he has on several occasions been linked with a move away from Mamelodi Sundowns, Onyango insists that he’s loyal and focussed at completing his playing career at Cloorkop.
“There has been an opportunity for me to go and play in Arab countries but I just declined the offer because I’m okay and happy at Sundowns,” Onyango told IOL before adding.
“Here they’ve cared about me even when I wasn’t playing, they’ve helped and believed in me, I really can’t just abandon them because I’m going to get $2000 in Asia.”
Onyango joined Mamelodi in 2011 from Mpumalanga Black Aces before he was loaned out to rivals Bidvest Wits for the 2013-2014 season, after his return to his parent club, it has always been fruity to date.
The 34-year-old has from then won four Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles, two Telcom Knockout Cups, the Nedbank Cup and the 2016 CAF Champions League trophy with the Tshwane giants.
“Why can’t I just stay here and finish my career around people who believe in me, other than flying out to start a new life altogether,” Onyango noted
The 2016 African player based in Africa openly hailed the Influence Mamelodi Sundowns has had on his life.
“The club has been with me during all the difficult times. When I lost my dad when I had issues with my wife and son they were there. Why should I abandon them?”
“Relocating my wife and kids is going to be difficult, having been in South Africa for the past 14 years. It will be difficult to start afresh especially when I’m not going to stay long.”
“I don’t think anyone will give me a five-year contract – it might be two years. Why should I relocate because I want more money? I need my family to be comfortable as well,” Onyango highlighted.
In February 2019, the Uganda Cranes captain renewed his contract with the PSL reigning champions signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract extension.
We’ll be waiting to see whether he’ll be extending it further beyond 2023 at the age of 37 or he’ll be finally hanging his soccer boots and gloves.
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