Uganda's football standards worry Onyango

Tuesday January 8 2013

By Agencies

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has said the country’s football standards are dropping because of endless squabbles in the management of football.

Onyango says it is also disheartening for upcoming players to waste their footballing carriers by playing in countries Vietnam which destination is ideally meant for retiring players.

The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper in South Africa who is still in Uganda for a break said on Monday that having two leagues in Uganda today is not good for the country and this does not happen anywhere in the world.

He stressed that if the wrangles in Ugandan football do not end, corporate companies are likely to opt out of the sport. He urged the federation to organise as many junior tournaments as possible besides the Coca Cola Schools tournament.

Speaking about the Cranes, he said fans have done a wonderful job to troop to support the Cranes. He rubbished allegations that some players take bribes to throw matches.

About his time with Memelodi Sundowns in the South African Absa Premier League Onyango said although he has not had enough playing time since joining last season, he is working harder to try and break through.  He has only managed three league matches but believes his time will come and he will be made the first choice goalkeeper.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper started his football career in primary school in Uganda before joining Sports Club Villa, St. George in Ethiopia and eventually moving to Super Sport where he was first choice goalkeeper for four seasons before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns.