Denis Onyango plays an integral part at South African football giants Mamelodi Sundowns and his presence in their goalposts is always a moral boosting factor for manager Pitso Mosimane.
The gangly Uganda Cranes captain has been out of action with a knee injury since Sundowns eliminated Al Ahly to make the semifinals of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League.
Onyango has missed Premier Soccer League (PSL) games against Supersport, Baroka and Chippa with Masandawana winning two out of the three, they are now level on points with Orlando Pirates. Mosimane believes Onyango’s return is a huge boost to the team.
“You know what happens in Wydad, you have seen games away. We need Denis (Onyango) in those games,” Mosimane revealed before they jetted out last night to Morocco.
“He could have played [against Chippa United] but we didn’t want to risk him, we needed him ready for the champions league,” he added.
The current league champions also welcome back midfielder Gaston Sirino, the Uruguayan has been out of action but returned and scored against Chippa United in Sundowns 3-2 victory, something Pitso was happy about.
“We need fresh legs and we needed to give Sirino game-time. He has not played for long and you could see he was a little bit rusty but we good” Pitso added.
Mamelodi Sundowns who are bidding to win a second African club title take on Wydad Casabalanca away on Friday in the first leg of the competitions, defending champions Esperance take on Joseph Ochaya’s TP Mazembe