Denis Onyango trashes FUFA’s UPL teams reduction proposal

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Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango has come out against a proposal by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations to reduce the top-flight teams.

Recently, Fufa came out with a proposal to reduce the Uganda Premier League teams to 12 from the current 16.


According to the federation, reducing the number of teams in top-flight football will increase the quality of the league and across the country as well.

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Denis Onyango playing for Uganda Cranes

However, Cranes custodian is not supporting the idea as he believes it will lock out other players.

“I think Fufa should have consulted the clubs in the first place which they did not,” Onyango was quoted saying.

“As an individual, I do not buy the idea of reduction of teams since many players will be denied an opportunity to play in the top division.”

“When you look at most of the strong leagues in the world, they have more teams in the top division and actually, I would advocate for more teams than reduction,” he added.

The Mamelodi Sundowns custodian added that once the teams are reduced, the level of competition will also be reduced.

“Few teams in the league imply few stadiums which may affect development and also kill competition since you target a few wins,” he noted.

Who is Denis Onyango?

Denis Onyango is a Uganda Cranes skipper and Mamelodi Sundowns custodian who was born May 15th 1985.

He started his career at SC Villa in Uganda in 2004 before moving to St. George in Ethiopia in 2005.

He went on to play in the South African Premier Soccer League with Supersport United, Mpumalanga Black Aces, and Mamelodi Sundowns.

With Mamelodi Sundowns, he won the 2016 CAF Champions League and took part in the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup.

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Onyango playing for Uganda Cranes in 2017 AFCON

He was named the 2016 African-based African Player of the year on top of being ranked as the tenth best goalkeeper in the world.

The list which was issued in 2016 was compiled by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

On 5 January 2017, he was voted the 2016 African-based African Player of the year at the CAF Awards held in Nigeria.

Onyango made his international debut for Uganda Cranes on June 18th 2005 World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde.

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