Denis Onyango, Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah

Uganda Cranes stars Savio Kabugo and Brian Umony among others have congratulated captain Denis Onyango on making the Africa Best XI at the CAF Awards held on Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal.

Denis Onyango (L)

Onyango was named on the FIFPro squad alongside Mohammed Salah, Aurier, Benatia, Bailly, Koulibaly, Keita, Partey, Mahad Mahrez, Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.

The 33-year old has impressed for Uganda Cranes, failing to concede during the country’s 2019 AFCON qualifier campaign.

Kabugo who has often featured on the national team with Onyango branded him “a role model, leader and legend”.

Today I celebrate the captain, a leader, a legend and most of all a role model, Onyiso, I still freshly remember when you told me i can, the time i was summoned for National duty at a young age and when you told me I will make it to the top level, your inspiring and ever encouraging words kept lingering in my mind even when I got set backs they kept me believing and hoping for the best…. You reaching greater heights is wholesomely on merit, you’ve made records and broken records to-date….. I have congratulated you on a number of achievements and I am here again to congratulate you on making the 2018 CAF XI.

Savio Kabugo spoke of Denis Onyango

Brian Umony also extended his recognition adding that he is so proud of star he has become.

Full Awards:

Player of the Year
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Women’s Player of the Year

Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)

Youth Player of the Year
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd)

Men’s Coach of the Year
Herve Renard (Morocco)

Women’s Coach of the Year
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Men’s National Team of the Year
Mauritania

Women’s National Team of the Year
Nigeria

Platinum Award
His Excellency Macky Sall (President of the Republic of Senegal)

Federation President of the Year 
Fouzi Lekjaa

Goal of the Year
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)