Winning the Champions League is our ultimate target next season – Onyango

Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango and his Mamelodi Sundowns side are targeting reclaiming the CAF Champions League title next season.

Sundowns last and only triumph in the premier continental club competition came in 2016 when they beat Egyptian giants Zamalek in the finals.

Masandawana’s 2019/20 season has been one to remember after scooping three titles in the Nedbank Cup, the ABSA Premier Soccer League and the Telkom Knockout title, the club’s first treble in history.

And according to one of the club’s longest serving players Onyango, their first priority heading into the new campaign should be winning the CAF Champions League.

“Winning the Champions League again is our main target but it’s not easy because teams are strong out there,” Onyango opened up to Football256.

“But the good thing is that we have been playing up to the quarterfinals and semi-finals. We haven’t gone up to the final ever since we won it but we believe that when we get a chance to reach the final, we shall win it again.”

“That’s the mentality that has been installed in the players, the young and the new players to try and fight,” he added.

But Onyango claims that it’s only hard work that can guarantee Pitso Mosimane and his charges their second ever African Champions League title.

“It’s always an adventure out there but it’s possible, we just need to concentrate a little bit more, fight a little bit more and take our chances because Champions League football is all about taking your chances.”

“We have to fight and win it so that we can get the second star, we also want to go back to the Club World Cup which is a nice tournament,” he noted.

Next season’s CAF Champions League tournament will kick off on November 20, 2020, with the preliminary round of the qualifying stage.

Sundowns by virtue of winning the PSL title and Kaizer Chiefs who came second in the race will be representing South Africa in the tournament, whereas Uganda will be represented by Vipers.

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