This might be Denis Onyango’s year after all the disappointments he has been getting for the last ten or so years of his footballing career after he was nominated for the ‘African footballer of the year’ awards.
Besides that, the Uganda Cranes captain is also among the nominees in the African footballer of the year award for players based in Africa.
The Uganda Cranes goalie helped Uganda qualify for the coming Africa cup of Nations after 38 years of waiting and has also been pivotal in helping his South African club Mamelodi Sundowns have a first leg advantage over Zamalek with a 3 goal lead (with the second leg coming up next week) in the CAF Champions League for the first time in 15 years.
Onyango who is the 2015/16 goalkeeper of the year in the South Africa Premier League (PSL) is up against Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, Liverpool’s Saido Mane, Brossia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and legendary Samuel Eto’o.
Nominees for African Footballer of the year
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City), El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb), Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor), Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient), Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG), Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire & Hebei Fortune), Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma), Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund), Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham), Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham), William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club), Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax), John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City), Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City), Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal), Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli), Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns), Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs), Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk), Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia), Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland), Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns), Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns).
Nominees for African Footballer of the year based in Africa
1.Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) 2. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs) 3. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel) 4. Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo & TP Mazembe) 5. Joyce Lomalisa (DR Congo & AS Vita) 6. Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe) 7. Ali Gabr (Egypt & Zamalek) 8. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 9. Jackson Mwanza (Zambia & Zesco United) 10. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe) 11. Elia Meschak (DR Congo & TP Mazembe) 12. Aymen Hefny (Egypt & Zamalek) 13. Morgan Betorangal (Chad & MO Bejaia) 14. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 15. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel) 16. Jesse Were (Kenya & Zesco United) 17. Idris Mbombo (DR Congo & Zesco United) 18. Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria & Wydad Athletic Club) 19. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club) 20. Reda Hajhouj (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club) 21. Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Congo & Wydad Athletic Club) 22. Mfon Udon (Nigeria & Enyimba) 23. Bassem Morsi (Egypt & Zamalek) 24. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns) 25. Yannick Zakri (Cote d’Ivoire & Mamelodi Sundowns)