Ranking Denis Onyango & Africa’s greatest goalkeepers today

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How does the retiring Uganda stopper compare with the continent’s finest keepers today?

  1. Mohamed El Shenawy
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    #6 Mohamed El Shenawy

    One of the most decorated players of his generation, El Shenawy could lay claim to being the finest stopper currently plying his trade in Africa today.

    He’s won the Caf Champions League, Egyptian title and Egyptian Cup with Al-Ahly, and has also represented Egypt over 20 times, including at the 2018 World Cup.

    His mental strength is one of his assets, and his commanding performances have underpinned Ahly’s recent success under Pitso Mosimane.

  2. Denis Onyango
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    #5 Denis Onyango

    Just sneaking into the list ahead of El Shenawy, Onyango is another player that Mosimane knows well.

    The retiring Uganda stopper was influential as the Cranes ended their near-four-decade wait to reach the Africa Cup of Nations by appearing at the 2017 event, and then made a series of crucial interventions as they reached the knockouts two years later.

    One of the finest keepers in the history of the PSL, he also won a domestic treble with Mamelodi Sundowns last term, having been part of the team that won the Caf Champions League in 2016.

    In that same year, he was named Caf’s Africa-based Player of the Year.

  3. Alfred Gomis
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    #4 Alfred Gomis

    Signed by Stade Rennais to replace Chelsea-bound Edouard Mendy, Gomis is unlucky that he has the Blues No. 1 ahead of him in the pecking order for Senegal.

    He excelled for Dijon last term before the pandemic, and has helped Rennes maintain the fourth best defensive record in Ligue 1 this term.

    The 27-year-old has extensive experience in Italian football with the likes of SPAL, Salernitana and Cesena.

  4. Andre Onana
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    #3 Andre Onana

    Despite his ongoing suspension for using a banned substance, Onana remains one of the most impressive keepers in the European game.

    He’s proved himself at the highest level—having played a key role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019—and is also a Dutch champion.

    Onana kept seven clean sheets in 13 matches last season, before the Eredivisie was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and should come back strongly when his ban has ended.

  5. Bono
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    #2 Bono

    Currently enjoying a superb campaign with Sevilla, Yassine Bounou has proved himself both in the Spanish top flight and the Champions League.

    After enjoying domestic success with Wydad Casablanca, he was a La Liga winner with Atletico Madrid in 2014—albeit as a squad player, and since clinched the Europa League with Sevilla.

    During the 2019-20 season, he was named the Best Goalkeeper in the Europa League, and duly made the Squad of the Season.

    The stopper, who scored for Sevilla earlier this season, also holds a club record for going 528 minutes without conceding a league goal.

     

  6. Edouard Mendy
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    #1 Edouard Mendy

    Comfortably the most prominent African keeper in the world today, Mendy has appeared to be a strong bit of business by Chelsea since they recruited him from Stade Rennais for £22 million and has represented an immediate upgrade on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    He has already broken goalkeeping record in the Premier League—he was the first Chelsea keeper not to concede in his first three league outings—and has maintained the excellent form that helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League last season.