Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango is looking forward to the opportunity of winning another medal with the Tshwane- based club ahead of their Caf Super Cup encounter.
The Brazilians are set to take on the winners of the 2016 Confederations Cup, TP Mazembe of DR Congo.
The 29-year-old has been one of the sensational stories of Masandawana’s success and believes all his achievements should be credited to his hard work and fighting spirit.
The Ugandan international has found himself in dreamland having won the Caf Champions League, representing his nation at the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon and being voted Caf Player of the Year based in Africa.
“It’s not easy for a goalkeeper to beat players like Khama(Billiat) and Rainford(Kalaba). But all Africa has quality players and for me to scoop it shows that I tried to do my best‚ and I did well for the country and the club‚” Onyango told The Times.
“A goalkeeper matures as he gets older. I think it’s that time of my career to show what I’m capable of doing.
“I had two or three years not getting game time‚ and it was a lesson to wake up and fight hard for my position. And‚ yeah‚ the year’s been fantastic.
“I’m really honoured to have been part of that Sundowns team that won almost everything. It was all dreams‚ but now it’s reality for me.”
Onyango also attributed his revival of his career down to the belief that he had himself and that Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane showed in him.
“I definitely did not expect any of this‚ though I believed I could get something‚” Onyango said.
“People around me believed in me‚ and I had to believe in myself. And that’s what kept me going and lifted me all the time.
“Because I knew the capability that I had and also [Downs coach] Pitso Mosimane knew what I could do. The moment he gave me the chance‚ he said I should grab it with both hands. And I guess I did,” Onyango concluded.