The 36-year-old goalkeeper warns his students, especially tough for a starting role at Chloorkop. to work
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango has warned his students that they will have to work extra hard to dethrone him as number one.
The 36-year-old Ugandan steward recently hung up his gloves from the Cranes team to focus more on the sunsets, and with the new season kicking off in three weeks’ time, he told Kennedy Mweene, Ricardo Goss, Reyaad Pieterse and Jody February around prepare for a real fight.
What did Onyango say?
“We all didn’t come to Sundowns and started playing straight away. We can’t give it to them on a silver platter, they have to work hard for it and I believe that they will be goalkeepers for Sundowns in the years to come because everyone has their own qualities, ”said Onyango citizens.
“They made me a better goalkeeper last season and I’ve cleared 15 times. I’ve never been to that number before and it shows that the goalkeeping department has done fantastic work.”
However, Onyango, who was voted best last season, has admitted that the solid performances from the aforementioned goalkeepers also made him work hard.
“Jody and Goss brought something different to the team because we believe they have the quality and where they come from, they won,” Onyango continued.
“Goss was one of the best at Bidvest Wits, he’s one for the future of Bafana Bafana and I think he’ll get more playing time at some point. Jody has a future at Sundowns and the national team and for me to be there it drives me to work hard and it drives her to work hard too. “
In a recent interview, Onyango completely ruled out a possible return to the national team after Milutin Sredojevic was appointed head coach of the Cranes.
“I’ve served my part as national captain and player and I think it’s time for the other goalkeepers in Jamal [Salim], Odongkara [Robert], Lukwago [Charles], and so many young goalkeepers, ”said Onyango.
“Well, I don’t think about it. I am now fully concentrated with my Mamelodi club [Sundowns] and think about what I’ll do when I completely retire from football. “
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