Onyango Named Best African Goalkeeper In CAF Awards 2018

Denis Onyango (L) Sadio Mane (2nd L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the CAF Awards in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday.

Uganda Cranes captain and goalkeeper, Denis Masinde Onyango has been named Best African goalkeeper in 2018 in the just concluded CAF Awards.

The award giving ceremony took place on Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal.

Onyango who plies his trade in South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, was the only player based in Africa on the selected Africa’s best XI team 2018. Others on the team include Mohamed Salah (African Player of the year 2018), Aurier, Benatia, Bailly, Koulibaly, Keita, Partey, Mahad Mahrez, Aubameyang and Sadio Mane

Onyango who is credited for guiding Cranes to the second back-to-back AFCON finals as well as maintaining a superb performance at Mamelodi, immediately took to social media and tweeted: “IF YOU BELIEVE, YOU CAN DO IT”.

In the same awards, Uganda Cranes lost to Mauritania on the CAF national team of the year.

Also, Derrick Nsibambi lost in the CAF best goal of the year catergory to South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana .

FUFA President, Eng Moses Magogo and Cranes Coach, Sebastian Desabre were also present at the award giving ceremony.

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni took to Twitter to congratulate Onyango.

“I congratulate my son @masindeonyango for being named in Africa’s best XI football team at the #CAFAwards18 in Dakar, Senegal. There’s no doubt his goal-keeping skills have contributed immensely to Uganda’s recent footballing success, and as a country, we are proud of him,” the President wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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