Sundowns keeper Onyango named Caf Player of the Year (Based in Africa)

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Onyango has been named the best player on the continent (Based in Africa) for his stellar displays for both Mamelodi Sundowns and Uganda in the past 12 months

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango was on Thursday named the African Player of the Year for 2016 by the Confederation of African Football in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Uganda international beat off stiff competition from teammate Khama Billiat and TP Mazembe and Zambia international Rainford Kalaba, accumulating 252 votes in the process.

Onyango went to Abudja as one of two favourites to win the accolade, having helped the Brazilians lift their maiden Caf Champions League crown at the expense of Zamalek.

He was consistent throughout 2016, pulling off some important saves to as the Brazilians marched to the final of the continental competition for the first time in 15 years.

The former Bidvest Wits shot-stopper becomes the first South African-based player to win the continental award.

Apart from helping Sundowns conquer both the PSL and Africa in 2016, Onyango was also instrumental in Uganda’s qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.

Billiat finished second behind Onyango with 228 votes, while Kalaba came in third with 206 votes, Caf confirmed at the awards.