Denis Onyango hobbled off with an ankle injury in Mamelodi sundowns’ crushing win over Algerian side CR Belouizdad in a CAF champions league group match played in Tanzania last week, but assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi is confident the goalkeeper’s knock is not a serious one.
The Ugandan goalie, who is vital to the Sundowns defence, had his ankle stamped on by Belouizdad attacker Amir Sayoud when chipping over the ball for the consolation goal as his side ran out 5-1 winners.
Onyango’s substitution before the second half would have been worrying for Sundowns but Mngqithi allayed any fears and said the first-choice goalkeeper was merely bruised.
“We don’t think it is a very difficult or serious injury because it’s just a bruise said Mngqithi.
“He was just stepped on. It’s not like he twisted an ankle or something like that.
“So we are hopeful that in the next coming days, because we will have some days after this match before the next match, to see if he will be able to help us.
“We don’t think it is a serious injury. When I saw him walking on the pitch after the game. I felt a little bit better.
Onyango was replaced by Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Uganda cranes skipper was among the 31 players who were summoned for AFCON qualifiers games between Burkina Faso on 24th March 2021in Kampala and away in Malawi on 30th March 2021