July 7, 2022

Onyango’s glowing verdict on Lukwago

By Brian Aheebwa
Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Charles Lukwago during a training session in Cameroon | Photo Credit: FUFA Media/XtraTimeSports (Darren McKinstry)

Former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and captain Denis Onyango has heaped praise upon Charles Lukwago who is looking flexible in the Cranes’ goal.

Uganda is blessed with good goalkeepers is the belief but Lukwago was a bit far in the pecking order, especially during Onyango’s time, and a few if nobody believed the former would be the latter’s successor.

There was Robert Odongkara, Salim Jamal, Ismail Watenga then Lukwago. And even when Odongkara and Jamal were no longer in the picture many thought it would be Watenga to succeed Onyango.

“We have good goalkeepers those that are playing locally and internationally and we must be proud as a country,” Onyango said while appearing on SEE TV’s Sports Dish Show on Friday.

“It is a position where we can at least be sure because it is just a year since I left but Lukwago is already doing a good job in there.”

“And it is not that he just got into that position he worked hard for it because there were other goalkeepers in front of him,” Onyango added.

Lukwago broke into the senior national team during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers but was uninitialized because of the availability of Onyango then.

However, when Onyango retired in April 2021 it was time for either Watenga or Lukwago and it is the latter that came out top playing 90% of the World Cup qualifiers.

The former KCCA FC custodian is looking forward to cementing his name in that Cranes’ goalkeeping position and so far so good.

The 28-year-old goal-minder was in the posts as Uganda lost 2-0 away to Algeria and when they drew 1-1 with Niger in their opening two 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

“Although Cranes’ qualification campaign started on a wrong note, Lukwago has individually been good,” the Mamelodi Sundowns captain noted.

“Against Algeria had it not been for him, we would have conceded more than twice and against Niger, he once again pulled off quite a number of saves.”

Lukwago left KCCA at the start of the 2021/22 season and he is currently plying his trade with Ethiopian side St. George, a side that Onyango also joined when he left SC Villa in 2005.

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