Former Uganda Cranes skipper and Mamelodi Sundowns custodian Dennis Masinde Onyango has narrowed the gap on the all-time clean sheets record in the South African Premier League.
His shutout on Saturday, September 25, 2021, in his team’s 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates took his tally to 116 in third on the coveted list in 235 games.
The 36 year old is only four clean sheets away from displacing second-placed former Bidvest Wits custodian Josephs Moeneeb who is on 119 and nine adrift of Kaizer Cheifs leader Itumeleng Khune(125).
Onyango has kept four successive clean sheets in the 2021/22 campaign and it will not be too long before he smashes the record to assume the top spot.
It may come easier given the fact that Khune has not played in the league for boyhood club Kaizer Chiefs since April 2021’s 1-0 loss to Ismail Watenga’s Chippa United.
Forty one year old Moeneeb on the other hand is out of active football with his last top-flight action coming in the 2018/19 season with Amazulu.
The closest to Onyango is fourth-placed former Bloemfontein Celtics shot-stopper Patrick Tignyemb but can not catch the Ugandan as he last played in South Africa in the 2019/20 season with Chippa United.
Twenty nine year old Ronwen Williams is the only active threat to Onyango, the Supersport United and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper has amassed 97 clean sheets to his name.
Already among the most decorated players on the African continent, Onyango will surely fancy another individual milestone in a career so celebrated.