Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango was the toast of the Twitter streets after saving five of Cape Town City’s penalties in the MTN8 Final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
His penalty saves helped Sundowns win the MTN8 for the first time since 2007 and their first final appearance since the 2016 3-0 hammering at the hands of the now-defunct Bidvest Wits at the Mbombela Stadium.
The game ended 1-1 after extra-time after Fagrie Lakay’s 75th goal canceled out Thapelo Morena’s 24th-minute opener.
What can l say; 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚… 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚…
Big congratulations, @Masandawana👆🏾Another trophy in the cabin.
I dedicate this win to the goalkeeping department, to Kennedy Mweene who started this journey, goalkeeping coach & my other goalkeepers. We made it guys 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/CwdHp0aiZN
— Dennis Onyango 🇺🇬 (@masindeonyango) October 30, 2021
Having watched his midfielders and forwards fluff plenty of chances before Lakay’s equaliser, Onyango turned in a penalty-saving performance of the ages.
He saved Khanyisa Mayo’s, Lakay’s, Abdul Jeleel Ajagun’s, Tareeq Fielies and Thamsanqa Mkhize’s spot-kicks in a stupendous showing.
At the very same ground in 2015, Onyango had saved two penalties against Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout Cup final that Sundowns won 3-1.
Former Lions coach and Titans assistant coach Geoffrey Toyana, a vocal Sundowns supporter, sent a cryptic tweet before the game about Onyango’s ability.
David de Gea watching Dennis Onyango save penalties pic.twitter.com/hj6d18QwtC
— Mr Tequila 🍸 (@cristianwaniaye) October 30, 2021
Onyango saves! It's all over!
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) October 30, 2021
“It was insane. I had to reward Kennedy. He started this journey for us against Chiefs.”
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) October 30, 2021
The best keeper in PSL history surely #Onyango
— Andile Ncube (@AndileNcube) October 30, 2021
— Innocent (@SyaInno) October 30, 2021
Take a bow DENNIS ONYANGO
A champion performance from the Ugandan superstar! Wow. pic.twitter.com/P14kpBMNsC
— Soccerzela (@soccerzela) October 30, 2021
Onyango can save your relationship. pic.twitter.com/p9w0q4mk36
— 1976 (@Mirasse_) October 30, 2021
Dennis Onyango is currently the best goalkeeper in the world
— Secret Agent (@SecretAgent_20) October 30, 2021
Congratulations Mamelodi Sundowns on winning Mtn8 Competition, If anything comes from this Match, Our Keeper Dennis Onyango deserves a Doctrine in Goalkeepers for all that Saves. Well Dr Onyango 👆👆👆👆👆👆🎊🎊🎊🎉🎉🎉🙏🙏🙏🙏🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/RdA3OFl5yo
— Andre Barros (@AndreBa53167701) October 30, 2021