Uganda Cranes and Mamelodi Sundowns first choice goal keeper Denis Onyango retuned to the starting role as his side clinched a domestic treble on Saturday.
Onyango who had missed a couple of games due to injury, made two important saves at the tail end of either halves to make sure Sundowns add the Nedbank trophy to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the Telkom Cup. And indeed, Sundowns won 1-0 thanks to Gaston Sirino’s effort.
Onyango,s point blank save in the last five minutes denied Andile Fikizolo, with Wandisile Letlabika hoofing over from a corner late on, leaving Masandawana as winners of everything available for competition in the 2019/2020 season.
In a post match interview, the Cranes captain told Supersport he was happy to return on a triumph note. “It feels good and fantastic to come back to the team after a long time and of course with a trophy.”
Onyago’s coach Pitso Mosimane sang praises for the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper. He said his (Onyango) heroics had kept Bloemfontein Celtic at bay despite showing resilience.
“It was really a tough game for us,” Mosimane told SuperSport after the match. “I think Denis [Onyango] saved us, two chances in the first-half and the second-half but the game came out exactly the way we expected because of the pattern that they play.
“We had to frustrate them on that, not giving [Victor] Letsoalo and [Ndumiso] Mabena enough chance, then they resorted to long balls because they want to use the quick players, [Tebogo] Potsane and them.”
Celtic had not lost a game ever since football resumed following lockdown, and enjoyed their share of the chances.