Onyango guns for Champions League group stages

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Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper Denis Onyango insists that it is important to seal off the game and go into the group stage as they face Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana.

The Brazilians defeated Galaxy 2-0 in the first leg away from home.

Bafana Ba Style will lock horns with the Jwaneng-based outfit at Loftus Stadium at 16:00 in the afternoon.

The Ugandan international reckons that the DStv Premiership clash against Orlando Pirates this past weekend has prepared his side for the upcoming Champions League encounter.

“It is nice to be back in the New Year and to have played a game on the second day was good for us, it was worth it. The game we played over the weekend was great for us and good preparation for the upcoming clash in the CAF,” he told the club’s official website.

The 35-year-old goal-minder further said the game against Galaxy seems easy as they have won the first leg 2-0 but it is not over yet, it is still half time for the rest of the team.

“In football, you can never underestimate your opponents. We must focus on the game and be professional to win the game so that we can take the team to the next stage which is the group stage.

“It is almost a done deal for us but we do not disrespect the game. We must play the game with a lot of respect and win our home game and build up to the league game over the weekend,” he adds.

The Masandawana goalkeeper was part of the squad that conquered Africa in 2016 and his international experience will come in handy to secure Sundowns’ group stage spot.

“It is important to seal off the game and go into the group stages as you don’t want to play in the Confederation Cup. It is not easy to play in the Confederation Cup. We can’t be losing to a team that we managed to beat away from home. We want to get into the Champions League group quickly so that we can focus on the league as we wait for the draw of the Champions League,” he says in conclusion.

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By Mauwane Raophala

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