Heading to the Africa Cup of Nations which is six days away in Gabon, the first time in 38 years, Uganda cranes had received a nomination among the teams of the year and so did Denis Onyango who was nominated in a number of categories but at the end of the day, all was worth it as Uganda was among the dominating teams during the night.
In a ceremony held in Abuja Nigeria last Thursday, the Uganda men’s football team (Uganda cranes) was voted the Team of the year basing on their campaign towards qualification for AFCON.
As many expected that this was perhaps the only award Uganda would scoop, they were in for a surprise as Denis Onyango was voted the best African player of the year (based in Africa), becoming the first goalkeeper ever to win this accolade while his club Mamelodi Sundowns won the club of the year.
This comes days after the Ugandan stopper was named among Africa’s best team and also being named the 10th goalkeeper in the world.
His recognition was based on the fact that Onyango helped his club Mamelodi Sundowns lift the African champions League a few months back as well as helping the Uganda Cranes reach Gabon for the African Cup of Nations.