Returning to Ethiopia was very emotional, says Sundowns keeper Onyango

Victory in Ethiopia was a bittersweet moment for Onyango, who returned to his former club after many years away

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Ethiopian giants Kedus Giorgis to progress into the quarter finals of the Caf Champions League.

During the encounter, Sundowns were lucky not to have fallen behind as Denis Onyango denied Ethiopian talisman Saladin Said from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.

Nonetheless, Anthony Laffor would find the winner in the dying minutes of the game, and for Onyango, who returned to Ethiopia after almost ten years, victory was a bittersweet moment.

“It was a very emotional moment for me to return to this country (Ethiopia), this stadium and to see these supporters. And they clapped for me when I entered the ground,” Onyango was quoted as saying by SunSport.

“But on the day it was more about the business side of it. I had worked for Saint George before but when I returned there it was all about Sundowns.

“I love Saint George. Every victory is sweet and like I said, I was there on business.

“I felt a bit sorry for them when I stopped the penalty kick but I had to do my job – Sundowns pay my bills. When the penalty was taken, I decided to go to the side and luckily went in the same direction the kicker took.

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Meanwhile, the 32-year-old keeper believes that despite St George’s valiant showing, it was Sundowns’ desire to progress which saw them overcome their opponents.

“But they gave us a good fight. As defending champions, we wanted dearly to progress to the next stage. We executed all the chances we created.”


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