Kenya Defender Onyango to Depart Sundowns after Four Years

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After an eventful four-year stint, Kenya defender Brian Onyango will be departing Mamelodi Sundowns when his contract expires on 30 June. Onyango’s journey with the South African club has been one of resilience, unexpected success, and unwavering determination.

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Onyango joined Sundowns as a free agent

Joining Sundowns in a surprising move four years ago as a free agent, Onyango defied the odds as he had been sidelined from playing football for over a year due to an injury sustained during his time at Maritzburg United. Many doubted his ability to make a successful comeback, but the 29-year-old not only returned to the pitch but also thrived, establishing himself as a key player for the team.

Onyango’s four-year stint at Sundowns

During his time at Chloorkop, Onyango was able to secure an impressive four DStv Premiership titles under the mentorship of coach Rhulani Mokwena. Mokwena played a crucial role in Onyango’s development and success at Sundowns, providing him with the support and guidance needed to excel in his role as a defender.

Onyango suffered fans’ criticism

“Some of the fans who are booing Brian Onyango for his mistakes, if you were to follow them in their own professional space, you will pick up so many mistakes. As human beings, why are we berated when we make mistakes? I make more mistakes than Brian Onyango ever makes but he knows that I love him and I support him. He has my backing 100 percent because he also protects me all the time,” the coach said after Downs beat Sekhukhune United 2-1 at Loftus in April.

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Ug Sports understands that with the player’s initial deal coming to an end a decision was taken not to extend his stay further – but the centre back will look back at his spell with the Brazilians as a hugely successful one.

Onyango made a total 61 appearances in all competitions across the domestic league as well as the CAF inter-clubs and was even recalled to the national team last year after a lengthy absence on the international stage.

However, during the season that has just ended Onyango was a bit part player with a mere nine matches to his name and three of those coming in the DStv Premiership.

Sundowns are expected to make a formal announcement when Onyango’s contract officially lapses at the end of the month.

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Despite facing criticism from fans, Onyango remained focused and committed to the team’s goals, showcasing his professionalism and dedication both on and off the field. Recently, coach Mokwena publicly defended Onyango after he faced scrutiny from some supporters, highlighting the respect and admiration he has earned within the Sundowns community.

As Onyango prepares to bid farewell to Sundowns, he leaves behind a legacy of hard work, perseverance, and triumph. His journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience and determination in the face of adversity, inspiring aspiring footballers to never give up on their dreams.

While his next destination remains unknown, Onyango’s departure marks the end of a significant chapter in his career, with fans and teammates alike expressing gratitude for his contributions to the team. As he embarks on a new chapter, Onyango will carry with him the lessons learned and memories made during his time at Mamelodi Sundowns, forever a part of the club’s rich history.

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