Uganda Cranes Goal keeper and Captain Denis Onyango has been named among the top goalkeepers of 2018 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango

The Mamelodi Sundowns custodian is the only African player to make the cut on a start studded 19-man list that was released by the global statistics body.

Fresh from being nominated for African player of the year award, Mr.Safe hands, as he fondly known by many of his admirers, comes 16th on the prestigious list tied with Russia’s Igor Akinfeev, Mexican Guillermo Ochoa and Yann Sommer of Borussia Monchengladbach.

Belgian and Real Madrid goal Keeper Thibaut Courtois is ranked at number one with 181 votes while world Cup winner Hugo Lloris comes second ahead of veteran Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas and Jan Oblak who are in the 3rd, 4th and fifth positions respectively.

Barcelona’s Marc André Ter Stegen, Liverpool’s Alisson Ramses Becker, David De Gea of Manchester United, Croatian Danijel Subasic and Manuel Neuer complete the top 10.

The feat means Onyango has appeared in the IFFHS annual World’s Best goalkeeper ranking for the second time, having previously made it among the top 10 in 2016.

The IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award is given annually since 1987 to the most outstanding goalkeeper of the year as voted by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

The votes are cast by IFFHS’s editorial staff as well as experts from different continents.


1. Thibaut Courtois – Belgium (Chelsea/ Real Madrid) 181 points

2. Hugo Lloris – France (Tottenham) 109 points

3. Gianluigi Buffon – Italy (Juventus/PSG) 59 points

4. Keylor Navas – Costa Rica (Real Madrid) 58 points

5. Jan Oblak – Slovenia (Atletico Madrid) 49 points _ Marc

6. André Ter Stegen – Germany (Barcelona) 49 points

7. Allison Ramses Becker – Brazil (Liverpool) 36 points

8. David De Gea – Spain (Manchester United) 33 points

9. Danijel Subasic – Croatia (AS Monaco) 23 points

10. Manuel Neuer – Germany (Bayern Munich) 20 points

11. Jordan Pickford – England (Everton) 11 points

12. Kasper Schmeichel – Denmark (Leicester City) 9 points

13. Ederson – Brazil (Manchester City) 6 points

14. Samir Handanovic – Slovenia (Inter Milan) 4 points

15. Franco Armami – Argentina ( River Plate) 3 points

16. Igor Akinfeev – Russia (CSKA Moscow) 1 point

17.Guillermo Ochoa – Mexico (Standard Liege) 1 point

18. Denis Onyango – Uganda (Mamelodi Sundowns) 1 point

19. Yann Sommer -Switzerland (Monchengladbach) 1 point.