Dennis Onyango: University Studies Unfinished Due to Football Aspirations

Monday, February 5, 2024
Onyango celebrates saving a penalty in the 2021 MTN 8 final. (Backpage Pix Twitter).
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  • Dennis Masinde Onyango, the celebrated goalkeeper for Mamelodi Sundowns, prioritized his dream of becoming a professional footballer over completing his studies at Makerere University Business School. Despite regrets about not finishing his education, Onyango’s remarkable career includes numerous accolades and successes on the continent.

While the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper harbored a desire to pursue his studies, his primary focus remained steadfastly on realizing his aspirations as a professional footballer, with nothing poised to impede his path.

Reflecting on his academic journey amidst the graduation festivities at Makerere University, renowned goalkeeper Dennis Masinde Onyango recounted how he fell short of completing his education. Initially enrolled in a business course at Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Onyango’s commitment to football superseded his academic pursuits.

“I didn’t graduate from University,” declared the Uganda Cranes legend during his appearance on NBS.

Onyango recalled, “As I was still in my Second Year at MUBS, an opportunity arose for me to transition into professional football. I seized it.”

Elaborating further, Onyango added, “I had to leave Uganda and venture to Ethiopia because Micho (Milutin Sredojevic) had also relocated there.”

Joining St. George in Ethiopia from SC Villa in 2005, Onyango’s stint lasted a year before he moved to Supersport United in South Africa.

“It all began when Micho recognized my talent while coaching there,” Onyango explained. “That’s where my journey in professional football truly commenced, as it had always been my dream.”

Despite his illustrious career and numerous accolades on the continent, Onyango harbors regret for not completing his education. “All I wanted was to finish my studies,” he lamented. “In football, you can only gauge your limits once you reach them, and hard work can only take you so far in achieving your goals.”

Among his notable achievements, Onyango boasts a CAF Champions League title, a CAF Super Cup, an African Super League victory, 10 PSL titles, and three Nedbank Cups, among others.

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