Goalkeeper Denis Onyango targets more clean sheets and a fourth PSL title with the Mamelodi Sundowns this season.
Sundowns top the DStv Premiership with 33 points, five above second-placed Super Sport United after 15 games.
He has been outstanding for the club having garnered 10 clean sheets from his 14 league appearances.
“The season has turned out to be a good one, as we started badly when we lost in the MTN8. We pulled ourselves together with a few clean sheets, it all started against Kaizer Chiefs,” Onyango told the club.
“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 [Domestic] titles.”
Since 1996, Sundowns have won the league title a record ten times.
Onyango has won seven PSL titles, including the three he won at Super Sport United.
It could have been eight for the Cranes captain but he was not awarded a winners medal in the 2013/14 season despite being on the books of the Sundowns – He was on loan at Bidvest Wits.
The club, 2016 CAF Champions League winners, will face Al Hilal, Belouizdad and TP Mazembe in this year’s groups.
He added: “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.”
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