I’m the face of Ugandan football -Onyango

Denis Onyango was recognized by Mamelodi Sundowns after becoming the most decorated player in the PSL | Mamelodi Sundowns Image

SPORTS GIST I’m the face of Ugandan football -Onyango

Moses King 09:08 - 30.06.2023

Denis Onyango, the former captain and goalkeeper of the Uganda Cranes, firmly believes that he continues to represent the face of Ugandan football, even after retiring from international football in 2021.

During a casual phone call on the NBS Soccer Lounge on Thursday evening, Onyango confidently asserted his position as the embodiment of Ugandan football.

In his own words, he stated, "Uganda mulinamu omusambi omu," which loosely translates to "In Uganda, there is only one player."

This was after TikToker Tasha Michie who boasts over 400K followers and over 4 million views on TikTok, was asked to name a Ugandan footballer she knew. Without hesitation, she responded, "Onyango."

Despite retiring from international football after a dedicated service of over 16 years, Onyango's impact and influence remain unparalleled.

Onyango achieved remarkable feats, including being named the 2016 African Footballer of the Year based in Africa.

This was after he won the 2016 CAF Champions League, Onyango has also earned a spot in the CAF Best XI as a goalkeeper thrice in the last decade.

Denis Onyango, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah posing with their accolades won at the CAF Awards in 2016 | Courtesy Image

He played a pivotal role in helping Uganda qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon 2017, ending a nearly four-decade absence.

Furthermore, he captained the Cranes to the 2019 edition of Afcon in Egypt.

Onyango is also the most decorated footballer in South Africa football history having won ten league titles among other titles.