African Soccer 6.1.2017 08:57 am

Onyango makes history at Caf awards

Denis Onyango

Denis Onyango

Denis Onyango wrote his name in African football history, by becoming the first goalkeeper to scoop the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa award.

The award is designed to reward players who ply their trade on the continent.

The 31-year old, whose exploits in the posts was critical to Uganda’s qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after a 39-year hiatus, and also starred in Mamelodi Sundowns’ conquest of Africa last year tallied 252 votes, 24 more than his club-mate, Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe.

Zambian Rainford Kalaba finished third with 206 votes.

Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned Club of the Year, while head coach Pitso Mosimane went away with the Coach of the Year award.

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