Onyango To Start Goal Keeping Academy In Uganda
By Martin Kaddu
Uganda Cranes first choice goal keeper Denis Masinde Onyango has already started thinking about his next step even before he looks exhausted between the sticks.
The 31 year old custodian became the first Ugandan to win CAF Champions league title after his South African side Mamelodi Sundowns rode over Egypt’s Zamalek on a 3-1 aggregate.
The Cranes vice Captain already has big plans in place for the future, with the priority beginning a goal keeping academy back at home in Uganda.
It is understood that the project masterminded by Cranes goal keeping Coach Fred Kajoba back at home is set to commence early next year.
Onyango’s stable success has been an inspiration to many Ugandan up rising goal keepers whom he wants to see climb the ladder.
Kajoba admitted knowledge of the project, saying that the academy will be in the city center, Kampala.
“Yes, Onyango has already started putting together what is necessary for the academy and this shows how patriotic and generous he is,” revealed Kajoba who is also top tier side Bright Stars FC head coach.
“His good heart, discipline and commitment have moved him far. Even when he returns for Cranes, he puts in double effort during training than the youthful juniors, no wonder the gradual success,” added Kajoba.
Despite a flourishing ten year professional career from Ethiopia’s St George in 2005 to current South African Mamelodi Sundowns, Onyango has remained down to earth especially when he returns for national duty, a reason why he has not only turned into a leader but also a mentor. The “Mr. Safe hands” has on several occasions offered modern equipment to junior keepers at national team and former team mates and coaches in Uganda.