- Onyango has spent 16 years between the sticks for the Uganda national team
- He helped Uganda to back to back Africa Cup of Nations, but decided to hang his boots on the international front after their failure to qualify for the next edition of the competition
- Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni honoured the legend by gifting him a flashy new Pajero for 16 years of service in the national team
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Former Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Masinde Onyango was on Thursday, May 6 honoured with a brand new Pajero Sport after ending a 16-year spell with the country’s national football team.
The 36-year-old jetted back to Uganda from South Africa, where he plays for Mamelodi Sundowns.
According to NBS television, Onyango received an invite to State House from the president himself, who wanted to appreciate him for 16 years of service for the national team.
Photos have since surfaced online showing the Sundowns goalkeeper in the company of his mother at State House where he received his swanky token of appreciation from the Uganda President.
Onyango’s gift came barely a year after the goalkeeper called out the Uganda government over a botched promise to gift the national team KSh 100 million.
In 2019, amid the excitement of the Africa Cup of Nations, Museveni vowed to reward the national side with a ‘small token’ if they put up a solid performance in the competition.
Uganda had a fairly impressive run in the competition, considering the opponents they were placed against in the group stages.
Despite being placed in the same group as Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, Uganda advanced to the last 16 after recording a win (vs DRC) , a draw( vs Zimbabwe) and a loss to Egypt.
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