December 9, 2021

PSL: Onyango has pulled off more clean sheets than he expected

By Baron Kironde
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Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango | Photo by Gerahrd Duraan/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Dennis Onyango has disclosed that he has kept many more clean sheets than he ever thought he would at the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side.

The Ugandan goalkeeper in his most previous game for the Masandawana went on level with Moeneeb Josephs for the second all time clean sheets in the PSL history, 119, six behind the leader, Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune who is on 125.

Onyango achieved the feat on Saturday, after his side’s barren draw with Cape Town City in the PSL, it was also his seventh clean sheet of the season and Sundowns’ 10th in ten outings.

“Of course, it is a great achievement for the whole team, and a greater honour for me as a player,” Onyango noted while exclusively speaking to Football256 in an interview.

“These are the things that we play for, to win trophies, make history and build a legacy as players,” the Mamelodi Sundowns skipper and former Uganda Cranes captain added.

“I honestly did not think I would come this far when I started out on a journey of keeping clean sheets,” Grateful, Onyango admitted.

“And the fact that you people are following up on my success is another motivation. It is where I get the courage to move further.”

According to Onyango, his main objective here is to inspire the younger generation, so he looks forward to keeping yet another clean sheet in every game that he will be able to play.

“Now I will want to keep even more clean sheets, I know how important that is to young players out there who will easily believe that if Dennis can do it, and then I can do it too.”

With eight league titles, Onyango is one of the most decorated players in PSL history, he has won five of those with Sundowns while three came while still at Supersport.

Onyango has played a total of 238 PSL games since he made his debut in 2006, Josephs had played 260 before he retired, Khune is on 270 games.

Of the three Onyango has conceded the least goals, 168, Josephs is on 266 while Khune has let in 207.

On average Onyango concedes just a goal every after over 120 minutes, Josephs lets in a goal every after 103 minutes while Khune concedes every after 125 minutes.

It does not seem like Onyango is stopping now, and by the end of this season, he might have recorded another record of the cleanest sheets in the PSL history, he is currently just six clean sheets behind the record holder.

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