Onyango: We Can Compete In All Three Competitions

PICTURE: New Vision

By Isaac Ndou

PRETORIA: Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says he is confident that Downs will give an undivided attention to three competitions they participate in.

According to the shot-stopper, the Chloorkop-based side are competing in CAF Champions league, Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup and is confident of triumphing their continental competition’s opening fixture against Rwanda outfit Rayon Sports.

The African Champions will take on the Rwandan side on Wednesday night at the Amahoro Stadium in their first leg of the competition’s first round. With Onyango and compatriots to be in Nedbank Cup action against EC Bees FC next Tuesday after returning from Rwanda, the reigning African best goalkeeper is confident that his team can toil around the clock to make sure they are equal to task to compete in all three competitions they are still in.

“The schedule is much better now that the format of the Champions league has changed with less qualifying rounds.  We just play one game and we are in the group stage. That eases the work load. But we have enough players to rotate the team and everyone is capable of doing their job. We have the quality to compete in three competitions and hopefully we go very far in all of them so that we can take the team where it belongs because last year wasn’t a good year for us.”

“We will go all out because we don’t want to have problems in Pretoria. We saw this last year when we struggled in most of our home games yet we did well on the road. We want to do well away so that we make it easy for ourselves at home because there is a lot of pressure there when you don’t have positive results,” explained Onyango.

After playing EC Bees in the Nedbank Cup next Tuesday, they will host Rayon Sports at the Loftus Versveld Stadium in the round’s 2nd leg the following Sunday. They will resume with their Absa Premiership duties two weeks later when they host Chippa United.