Denis Onyango Credit: Mamelodi Sundowns
[/media-credit] Mamelodi Sundowns’ goalkeeper Denis Onyango (right) and his KCCA FC counterpart Benjamin Ochan (left) during a national team training session early this year

Denis Onyango was stretched off after 21 minutes in Mamelodi Sundowns’ Absa Premiership tie against Bidvest Wits as his side won 2-1 with a grade two ligament tear in my knee.

That has ruled the Uganda international out of the first leg of the 2017 CAF Champions League tie against KCCA FC slated for March 10 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

I don’t think I will make it for the first leg of the Champions League against KCCA but for me it’s not very important to play against KCCA, it’s very important for the club to go through, because it’s not about me, it’s a about the club.

Onyango has cemented his role as Masandawana’s first choice shot stopper for the last two yearS but the former SC Villa and St George custodian asserts it’s not about him being available but the team’s qualification.

The mere fact that I wanted to play against KCCA FC doesn’t mean I was guaranteed a starting position.

It’s a blow for me, I wanted to play against my fellow country mates but at the same time, it’s very important for the club to go through and defend our title.

We are the defending champions, so for us to play against KCCA FC shows that they have also done well to be at the next stage.

The 2016 African Football of Year – based in Africa has already missed his side’s barren draw with Chippa United and will be absent against Cape Town City on Friday but is hopeful he will recover in time for March 18 return leg against KCCA FC at Lugogo.

I’m hoping I will be able to play in the return in Kampala because am feeling much better.

For me it’s more important to get positive results in Pretoria, because am sure the boys will get and then build on it in the return leg.

Also doubtful for Sundowns are Khama Biliat who missed the game against Bidvest Wits together with Anthony Laffor and Anele Ngconcgca.

[/media-credit] Onyango being congratulated by teammates after a match Credit: Courtesy

Onyango and KCCA FC have a story that dates back in 2009, then with Supersport United at this very stage, the South African outfit fell 2-1 in the first leg before a one all draw in Pretoria, Onyango missed the return leg.

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