Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango
Saturday Jun 04, 2016. 15:01
Uganda international goalkeeper Denis Onyango has called on his teammates to step up to the occasion as the Cranes gear up to face Botswana in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
Onyango was earlier this week announced as the 2015-16 Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season. The 31-year-old played an integral part in Mamelodi Sundowns winning the Telkom Knockout and league double this past season.
Botswana eye Uganda's scalp in Francistown
Boosted by stars Farouk Miya, Geofrey Massa and Tony Mawejje - Uganda are in line to qualify for their first Afcon tournament in 39 years.
"Obviously everyone is looking at me to be superb in goals, but it is not a one man show...it is a team effort," said Onyango.
"If they are waiting on me to give them the best of my performances without doing anything it won't help. If the team doesn't perform, I don't perform.
"All the good performances from the club came as a result of the other players, and also collectively from me."
Level on points with Burkina Faso in Group D with two matches remaining, Uganda know victory over the Zebras is imperative as they aim to book their place in Gabon.
"The game against Botswana is very important for us, we know they want to win, but we also want to win," Onyango continued. "For me, we have a bigger chance of winning the game than them because they are under pressure to win.
"We are going all out for the win, they haven't lost at home and I think it is high time for us to start winning away from home and achieve our goals."
Kick-off in Francistown is scheduled for 14h00.