Mamelodi Sundowns have handed goalkeeper Denis Onyango a four-and-a-half year deal.
The Ugandan shot-stopper joined the Brazilians in 2011 from Mpumalanga Black Aces and is set to stay with the reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions until 2023.
“Mamelodi Sundowns and Denis Onyango agreed on a contract extension of four and a half years. The Ugandan goalkeeper is currently the best goalkeeper in Africa having been named in the Confederation of African Football’s Best XI,” Sundowns announced in a statement.
“Onyango was the only African based player in the star-studded XI. This contract extension means that Onyango will spend more than a decade at Sundowns. Onyango joined the Brazilians in 2011,” said the club.
Apart from winning PSL titles under coach Pitso Mosimane, the 33-year-old Cranes skipper has also lifted the Telkom Knockout Cup and the Nedbank Cup titles among others.
“During that time he worked his way up to become the club’s undisputed No.1, winning three league titles and the CAF Champions League title in 2016 as well as the CAF Super Cup the following year,” concluded the statement.
Although the lanky keeper has been a crucial member of the squad, he remains doubtful for the clash against Cape Town City on Wednesday night.
Onyango was stretchered off on Saturday against PSL log leaders Bidvest Wits in the league due to a hamstring injury.
While the match ended in a 1-1 draw, the Tshwane giants will be eager to register a win against Benni McCarthy’s men as they look to continue the defence of their PSL title.
Sundowns sit third on the log table with 36 points from 19 matches and a win will elevate them to the top of the table above the Clever Boys and Orlando Pirates.