Former Cranes’ skipper open to other national team roles

By Allan Damba

Decorated former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Dennis Masinde Onyango has let open doors regarding a possible new role at the national football team set-up.

Onyango played for Uganda’s senior team from 2005-2021 in a stellar 16-year career. He captained his country to the first AFCON finals in 40 years in 2017, conceding only two goals in the six qualification matches.

He also led the side back to the coveted tournament two years later in 2019 where they made it out of the group stages. 

His excellent goalkeeping abilities, leadership, charisma and influence have ensured he is arguably Uganda’s greatest player and goalkeeper.

Following Uganda’s failure to qualify for the 2021 AFCON and personal reasons, he announced his international retirement, a move that many blamed on FUFA president Moses Magogo.

However, in an interview with journalist Clive Kyazze at Sanyu FM, the 36 year old expressed that: given chance, he is open for a new role in the set-up.

“If I am approached, I am open to it. I cannot force myself if the system does not need me but I am available if FUFA needs me.”

“I would love to do it. I would want to stay in football for quite long and help out inspire the younger players,” he added.

The Mamelodi Sundowns custodian also revealed plans for a charity match in his boyhood Busia town before the end of the year.

“I am planning a charity match with my sponsors(Gals Sports Betting). I need to give back to the society so we shall have it before the year ends.”

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