Onyango erases injury scare ahead of Congo clash

Dennis Onyango in goal as Cranes try qualify for the first time in 37 years. Photo/John Batanudde

Onyango erases injury scare ahead of Congo clash

By Martin Kaddu

CAF Champions league result

Finals second leg result

Zamelek 1-0 Mamelodi (1-3 Agg)

FIFA World Cup Qualifier

November 12

Uganda vs Congo Brazzaville, Namboole

Uganda Cranes first choice goal keeper Denis Masinde Onyango became the first Ugandan player to win the CAF Champions League after guiding Mamelodi Sundowns to the title on Sunday.

The South African side lost 1-0 to Egypt’s Zamalek but won the title on a 3-1 aggregate, having won the first leg 3-0 at home a week back.

Despite being a back born of the success on the road, the Cranes assistant Captain limped off just after 28 minutes on Sunday which came as bad news to the national team that is soon commencing preparations for 2018 FIFA world cup group E qualifier against Congo Brazzaville due November 12 at Namboole.

The 2015 PSL best goal keeper was named man of the match in Cranes campaign opening game as his outstanding show earned Milutin Micho Sredojevic side a point in a goalless draw away to Ghana.

Amidst uncertainty of his injury, Cranes goal keeping Coach Fred Kajoba has erased fears among Cranes fans after confirming that Onyango will be available for this tricky home encounter against fierce Congo.

“It was not a compound injury. I talked to him and he assured me that the doctors told him that will be back in ten days,” Kajoba revealed.

“He has already undergone scan and the results were encouraging since we need his presence on and off the pitch,” added Kajoba.

The 31 year old custodian who was instrumental as Uganda returned to AFCON finals since 1978 may have a chance to add another accolade to his cabin after being nominated twice; for the best African footballer of the year and best African based footballer of the year awards.

On top of wining $1.5m prize, Onyango and the Brazilians earned a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup due December in Japan where he will face the world’s best players.

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