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May 26, 2022

South Africa: Teamwork is Sundowns’ greatest weapon – Onyango

By Brian Aheebwa
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango | Courtesy photo

Former Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango’s club, Mamelodi Sundowns have dominated the Premier Soccer League in recent years and it looks as though this is not about to stop.

Sundowns have won four straight PSL titles and they are in line for a fifth, they lead the 16 team log with 44 points, 14 above second placed Orlando Pirates who are on 30.

While speaking to the club media, Onyango noted that it is teamwork and the desire to win as many games as possible that has brought them this far.

“I think it is simply because we have been working together as a team and of course having and sharing the same vision of winning as much as we can,” Onyango said.

“But, most importantly focusing on the job(has pushed us). The technical team also helps by always giving us the right information at the right time.”

Pitso Mosimane is arguably Mamelodi’s greatest manager in history and everyone was looking forward to seeing how the team would perform without him after he left over a year back.

However, since he departed for the Egyptian side AlAhly in 2020, his successors Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena have so far done a good job.

Mngqithi and Mokwena have won a PSL title already (2020/21) but most notably the MTN 8, a trophy Sundowns had last won in 2007. Onyango feels the new-look team is a force to be reckoned with.

“I also think the team jelled well with the new guys and that they also knew the task ahead of them,” Onyango noted.

During the current campaign, Mamelodi went a record 10 consecutive games minus conceding a single goal until it was broken by Supersport United on Matchday 11.

Amongst those, Onyango was in goal seven times before he added another clean sheet against Sekhukhune United to go past Moeneeb Josephs’ 119 on the all time shutouts record in South Africa.

The Mamelodi Sundowns’ captain is currently on 120 clean sheets, only five behind Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune who holds the all-time clean sheet record on 125.

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