When it comes to league titles in the Premier Soccer League, Denis Onyango and Hlompho Kekana have distinguished themselves as the most successful players, having enjoyed most of their success with Mamelodi Sundowns. The duo collected three goal medals with Matsatsantsa A Pitori before adding five more with Masandawana.
However, Onyango will receive his ninth gold medal on May 28 when the elected champions, Sundowns, receive their fifth consecutive trophy after a DStv Premiership match with Royal AM, effectively making Onyango the most successful player PSL has ever had. never seen.
His manager, Rhulani Mokwena, who has been alongside Onyango in most of his club successes, describes the 36-year-old goalkeeper as a “role model for success”.
The Ugandan goalkeeper’s list of awards includes two Telkom Knockout cups, an MTN8 crown, two Nedbank Cup titles, the 2016 Caf Champions League paired with the Caf Super Cup and eight league titles (one pending). Onyango also boasts that he is the only South African player to win Caf Goalkeeper of the Year when he won the gong in 2016.
On being exemplary
“It’s impossible to talk about Denis without being emotional about what he did for the Sundowns. He is an incredible example to young people and you should go to Uganda to understand the circumstances he comes from and to be the best goalkeeper on the continent from humble beginnings. Not only with Sundowns, but with Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United “.
Secret of success
“This is the kind of story that many footballers would be happy to tell. My favorite series on YouTube is called The Shop and you see all these legends and they talk about how they made it and their stories. They bring several musicians, artists and people from the entertainment industry. “
“Maybe someday we will arrive in that space where our people are asked to step onto the platform and be celebrated. What’s also important is that our people have to share their experiences and the secrets of their success. If you look at Denis’s story, it could easily be linked to Themba Zwane or Andile Jali. “
On the influence of Onyango
People like Onyango are important to the club because they understand what it takes to win and the price to pay. This affects Promise Mkhuma, Sphelele Mkhulise and all the younger players who are coming and hopefully this will help recruit the next generation of Sundowns players as it becomes very important to support the success of a great club. The reality is that we work very hard ”.