How Africa voted Onyango for African Player of the Year

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On 7 January 2017 at 06:42
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Like most reputable accolades, the Caf awards had a decision making process that was used to determine winners of the various categories in two phases.
Like most reputable accolades, the Caf awards had a decision making process that was used to determine winners of the various categories in two phases.
This was done by establishing four electoral colleges for the voting process. This included members of the CAF Media Committee (college one) and members of the CAF Technical and Development (...)

Like most reputable accolades, the Caf awards had a decision making process that was used to determine winners of the various categories in two phases.

Like most reputable accolades, the Caf awards had a decision making process that was used to determine winners of the various categories in two phases.

This was done by establishing four electoral colleges for the voting process. This included members of the CAF Media Committee (college one) and members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee (college two).

The other two colleges were a panel of 20 experts involving journalists and TV consultants (college three) as well as Head Coaches of 54 Member Associations + Zanzibar and Reunion Island (college four).

The procedure had the CAF Media Division come up with a list of 25 nominees for the category ‘African Player of the Year – Based in Africa’ between September 30 – October 10.

The first phase of the voting process was then conducted between October 15 – 31 with Colleges one, two and half of three involved in voting.

Each voter was required to classify the five players nominated per category with the first getting five points, the second four points, and the third three points and so on.
The second phase of the voting process was conducted between November 15-30 with only colleges three and four allowed to vote for the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa category. From the 42 member associations that voted, Onyango received the maximum five points from 10 countries (Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda).

He also gathered four points from eight countries while six of the 10 Media Experts that voted including Usher Komugisha also gave him the maximum five points each.

Consequently he gathered 252 points from both phases compared to 228 for Khama Billiat and 206 for Rainford Kalaba.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT HIM

Coach Eddie Butindo

With the exception of Friends of Football, there were hardly any established football academies of note in Uganda two decades ago.

Like many talented boys at the time, a young Denis Onyango spent time at the academy which used to conduct its training sessions at Kyagwe Road Primary School (present day Mukwano mall).

Founded in 1997, the academy was used by the then Fufa administration to assemble an Under-12 national team that won the invitational Eritrea Independence Cup later that year.

According to Eddie Butindo a long time youth coach who handled the player from 1998-2000, Onyango has always been modest and eager to learn.

“He was humble and always willing to listen. He was also determined to succeed because at that time there was Odur (Tony) who was ahead of him,” Butindo said in comparison to the now Vipers striker who has since switched positions.

“He pursed his goal with a lot of determination. He did not have as many opportunities in secondary school like Odur who was winning titles at Old Kampala.,” the veteran coach adds. “He has taken that determination to whichever club he has been. From Villa up to where he is at Mamelodi Sundows.”

What his teammates say

Cranes midfielder Tonny Mawejje

His performance curve has always been going up. It never drops so it’s not a surprise for him to have won that award. Brilliant goal keeper!

Former Cranes captain Andy Mwesigwa

Great goalkeeper and talented and has proved it because I was with him in Villa when we took cecafa in 2005 and he didn’t concede a goal , and he has done it at Cranes and Sundowns , so he deserves it for he has worked for it. Proud of him!

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Goalkeeper Denis Onyango poses with his award. He was picked for the African Player of the Year Based in Africa award.

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