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Denis Onyango names idol that inspired him

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David GOMBE

Former Uganda Cranes captain Denis Masinde Onyango has revealed how Sadiq Wassa inspired him while growing up.

While appearing on NBS TV’s People and power program, the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper named Wassa as someone who inspired him to become what he is now.

“Sadiq Wassa was my inspiration to become who I am.
I had never met him; I only heard about him on the radio when he was doing his job, but I wanted to be well-recognised just like him, and I hope I’m recognized.” Said Onyango

Onyango however narrated that while starting his football career, he only wanted to be famous

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“I never expected to be with the big boys at one stage because it’s difficult, you can imagine how many people are playing football in Uganda, Europe and the rest of the world. When I was just starting, I just wanted to be famous.”

On why he didn’t graduate and how he was rejected by St.Mary’s Kitende

“My first school was St. Mary’s Kitende and it was a new school then around 2002 they were more focused on quality players and I went to them they did not like me by then, I wanted the school but the coach was not interested in me.”

” When I was rejected at St. Mary’s Kitende, I said let me go to another school where I will be appreciated and I went to Kampala Citizen.” Said Onyango before adding,

“All I wanted was to get done with my studies because, in football, you never know how far you can go, unless you get there and you can only work so hard to get to where you want to be.”

Onyango retired from the national team in April 2021 after helping the Cranes qualify for the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

He started his football career at Nsambya FC, SC Villa in Uganda before joining St George in Ethiopia, Supersport, Black Aces, Bidvest Wits, and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.

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