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Onyango: Uganda's Football Standards Dropping

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has said the country’s football standards are dropping because of the internal squabbles at play and the fact that event younger players are rushing out of the country to play in Leagues like Vietnam which is ideally meant for retiring players.

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Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has said the country’s football standards are dropping because of the internal squabbles at play and the fact that event younger players are rushing out of the country to play in leagues like Vietnam which is ideally meant for retiring players.

 

The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper in South Africa who is still in Uganda for a break told Uganda Radio Network on Monday afternoon that having two leagues in Uganda today is not good for the country and this does not happen anywhere in the world.

 

He stressed that if the wars in Ugandan football don’t end, even the corporate companies will back out of supporting the sport. He urged the federation to organise as many junior tournaments as possible besides the Coca Cola Schools tournament.

 

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Speaking about the Cranes, he said the fans have done a wonderful job to come in big numbers all the time to cheer the team. He rubbished allegations that some players take bribes to throw matches.

 

About his time with Memelodi Sundowns in the South African Absa Premier League he said although he has had lack of enough playing time since joining last season, he is working harder to try and break through.  He has only managed three league matches but believes his time will come and he will be made the first choice goalkeeper.

 

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The 27-year old goalkeeper started his football career in primary school in Uganda before joining Sports Club Villa, St. George in Ethiopia and eventually moving to Super Sport where he was first choice goalkeeper for four seasons before making a big move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

 

He said his constant appearances for the national team where he has featured well have also helped him get confidence and thus making the technical team at Sundowns trust him more.

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