In his book, ‘Life in half a second, How to achieve success before its so late’, renown author Matthew Michaelwicz tells his six year old son, ‘I would rather be ashes than dust’.

The message underlying is rich, encouraging but prophetic.

Over 20 years, Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda Cranes first choice goalkeeper, Dennis Onyango had such a dream.

He wanted to be the best goalkeeper in Uganda and later on Africa.

Then playing for the historic Nsambya Football Club, departed legendary goalkeeping trainer, Fred ‘Giringi’ Lukwago got hold of Onyango and invited him for training at SC Villa.

That was my turning point. The late Lukwago exposed me to a new life, challenges and new dreams as well.

There was a challenge where at times I was used as a foward player than a goalie, but I was focused.

It is unfortunate he is not here to see this award (best PSL goalkeeper of 2015/16 season).

I dedicate this award to him and many of my family members

Those days, SC Villa had goalkeepers as Hannington Kalyesubula, Posnet Omony and surely Onyango played second fiddle before patience and hard work drove him an extra mile.

He also sings special praise of all his teammates since the Nsambya days, SC Villa, MUBS, St. George, Uganda Cranes over the years and currently at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Football is a team sport. I am not alone in the struggle.

Teammates, back room staff, management and coaches play a great deal of work. I salute them all!

Onyango is in Harare where Uganda Cranes is on an acclimatization training ahead of the crucial AFCON 2017 qualifier against Botswana.

The gangly shot stopper missed the 2-0 loss to Zimbabwe because he arrived barely one hour  to the game played on the astro turf of Rufaro stadium.

On his hamstring injury update, Onyango believes he has improved for the better.

I feel much fine now. I could not risk playing on artificial turf because all my energies come from the hamstring. I will however start training Wednesday with the team. We shall improve definitely.

He endured years of patience to become the undisputed king of the goal posts in Uganda, South Africa and may be Africa at the moment.

Onyango indeed dreamt of ashes than dust.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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