Onyango – A Clean Sheet Gives You An Upperhand
Denis Onyango wants to keep the clean sheets coming as the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper targets a fourth league title in a row.
Onyango has already bettered his clean-sheets tally from last season, and has kept ten clean sheet this season.
Sundowns are currently top of the DStv Premiership table, but this weekend turn their focus to the CAF Champions League as they host Al Hilal in the opening group stage games.
“The season has turned out to be a good one, as we started badly when we lost in the MTN8,” Onyango told the Sundowns’ website.
“We pulled ourselves together with a few clean sheets, it all started against Kaizer Chiefs. The boys worked very well as they knew the task at hand. We as the goalkeeping department have a challenge that we need to get as many clean sheets as possible as a clean sheet gives you an upper hand. We have conceded seven goals in fifteen games, it looks good and credit to all of the guys because we have been doing well.
“My personal target is to get as many clean sheets as I can, help the team with the fourth league title in a row and become the first team to do that, as there is no team that has done that.”
“It is possible to do that but I can’t do it alone, we must do it as a team, sometimes I might not play, but there are other goalkeepers that can also help. I must also make sure that I support them when they play as it is a team effort. The support I get from the keepers is incredible and it pushes me to do better. The season is long, we have Champions League and it won’t be easy but it is the path we chose for ourselves and if we fight we will do well and defend our titles “.
“We have a lot of clean sheets in the first half and that is the hard work from the guys. It is not only about saving the ball that comes to the goals but it’s the defence that has been good from the team. We have our target as you know if you keep many clean sheets you stand a chance to win the league. We look forward to the second round of the league, the Champions League and the Nedbank Cup.”