South Africa: Onyango closing in on PSL clean sheet record

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Dennis Onyango is closing in on the Dstv Premiership clean sheet record which stands at 17.

The above record, held by Amazulu goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs was set in the 2009/2010 season when he was still the shot-stopper at Orlando Pirates.

With five games for Sundowns left to go until the end of the season, Onyango has already managed 15 clean sheets, just two adrift of Moeneeb’s record.

And according to the former Uganda Cranes captain, it is still very well possible for him to equal and even break the record, and therefore he is giving himself a chance to set a new clean sheet record.

“Yes, I am chasing a clean sheet record which is held by Moeneeb and with the number of games left, I believe I can equal the record or even break it and go to 18 or 19,” Onyango told Football256 in an interview.

“Of course, there is a lot of things that I have got to put on the table. First of all, I have to stay focused and also pray that I do not get injured in the remaining games.”

“In football, we play for trophies and also for records this is what drives us every day. I am trying my level best because I have not been at the same level in the previous seasons. But I think this season has been fantastic for me,” he added.

This is indeed an exceptional season for the 35-year-old, hitting double figures of clean sheets on three previous occasions for the seven years he has spent in the PSL.

Onyango made 12 clean sheets in 2017/2018 and 2015/2016 and 10 in the 2016/2017 season.

In the 2017/2018 season, Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumelong Khune came close to equalling Moeneeb’s record when he managed 16 clean sheets.

Up next for Onyango and Mamelodi is an away game against TS Galaxy on Sunday, April 9.

“I am trying to make as many clean sheets as possible because we are in the final bend of the season, so it allows us to win the trophy. We are top of the table. We have scored more goals and conceded less,” Onyango further stated.

“So I need to focus during these times of the season. If we win two more games, it will be fantastic for us because I do not think after that the opposition will try and catch up, but you never know in football,” he noted.

Sundowns are top of the 16-team log on 54 points, four ahead of second-placed Amazulu, who are on 50 points but have played a game more than Masandawana.

If they clinch this season’s league title, Mamelodi will have won the Premier Soccer League for the fourth straight time.

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