- Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper and Uganda skipper Denis Onyango who is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the top tier has revealed the presence of his children in the stadium inspires him.
The Cranes shot-stopper husband to Barbara Namubiro and a father of four has explained the impact his family has when they attend matches.
“Having my kids at the stadium is very important for me as a father and a parent because it inspires me and motivates me knowing that my kids and my family are watching me in the stands,” the 35-year-old said.
“It is one thing that I believe it teaches our kids how to work hard and it makes our kids become winners because when they see their father on the pitch, giving his best, they learn one or two things from me and they get to understand that sometimes the game is about winning and losing,” he added.
He believes by bringing his children to the stadium, it increases their love for the game and sharpens their future.
“If you give your best as a father on the pitch, it really inspires them and motivates them to love the game and to become better people in the future, which we all want as parents,” Onyango continued.
Being at the Tshwane-based outfit since 2011, the Kampala-born keeper explained his life before his superb performances, winning the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Caf African Champions League titles that repaired his manager’s faith in him.
However, Onyango had to wait till the 2015/2016 season when injuries forced Masandawana coach Pitso Mosimane to use Onyango regularly giving him the chance to prove his worth.
Onyango who is so highly respected within the football fraternity is currently ranked in the top ten goalkeepers in the world, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The veteran custodian has helped the Uganda Cranes to qualify for two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Egypt.
Although he had contemplated retiring from the national team after the 2019 Afcon, the experienced goalkeeper Onyango made up his mind to continue serving the East Africa nation.