National team, Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has become the first Ugandan to win CAF Champions League after Mamelodi Sundowns’ victory against Zamalek losing the second leg of the final. Mamelodi Sundowns won on an aggregate of 3-1.
Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.
A Stanley Ohawuchi goal on 64 minutes was not enough for the home team as they trailed by three goals from the first leg in Pretoria last weekend and lost 3-1 on aggregate.
It was a remarkable triumph because the South Africans were eliminated in the final qualifying round in April only to be reinstated when their Democratic Republic of Congo opponents were disqualified.
Success for Sundowns made them $1.5 million (1.38 million euros) richer and secured a place at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan during December.
“It was an amazing journey of ups and downs and now we are the champions of Africa,” said Sundowns’ Zimbabwe striker Khama Billiat.
“We look forward to Japan and facing the best clubs in the game. It is going to be an absolute pleasure.”