Uganda Cranes is fidgeting with the fitness of their shot-stopper Denis Onyango after he was stretched off the pitch during their Premier League match with a hamstring injury.
According to Football 256, Onyango was stretched off in the 75th minute as his side Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Chippa United 3-0 in the Absa Premiership at the Loftus Versfield to cut table leaders Kaizer Cheifs’ lead to seven points.
The Uganda Cranes skipper who has been so important on the field for the team in their last two qualifies will need to be fit for their upcoming games in March.
Uganda Cranes play South Sudan this March in back to back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Uganda has been to the last 2 AFCON tournaments and know that they have a task ahead of them in the qualifiers yet again.
National team coach Jonathan McKinstry has a lot to say about Denis Onyango but now is faced with an uphill task to find a proper replacement for the skipper.
Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry is now in a dilemma
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pistol said that “You can’t play the big games without Denis (Onyango) and we have a lot of those so if there is any sign of an injury you play safe and don’t aggravate it, otherwise am happy with the win but not the last 30 minutes” Pitso added.
Onyango racked up his sixth clean sheet this season, three behind leader Ron Williams of Supersport United.
Denis Onyango could be sidelined for about 3-4 weeks which could leave the Uganda Cranes in a big panic mode knowing that they have to select another goalkeeper.
Onyango’s injury now provides a great opportunity for goalkeepers like James Alitho, Joel Mutakubwa, KCC FC’s Charles Lukwago, Robert Ondongkara and “Bad boy” Salim Jamal Magoola.
For these goalkeepers, this is such a massive opportunity to throw themselves at the deep end in the absence of Uganda and Africa’s best shot-stopper Onyango.
Author: Moses Echodu
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