By Najibu Mulema

President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated Uganda national team and goal keeper Denis Onyango for having been voted winners in the just concluded CAF awards.

The function took place at International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

Voted as the Best Player of the Year (2016) – Based in Africa, Onyango was named the first choice goalkeeper on the CAF select team of the year, his club Mamelodi Sundowns won the Club of the Year as Uganda came ahead of 2016 CHAN champions DR Congo and Senegal for the National Team of the Year.

Onyango tallied 252 Votes, compared to clubmate Khama Billiat’s 228 and 208 for Zambia and TP Mazembe midfielder Rainford Kalaba.

On the other hand, Uganda Cranes won the team of the gong for qualifying to the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 39 years.

“Congratulations Uganda Cranes and Dennis Onyango for emerging winners at the CAF_Online awards last evening. The country is proud of you”, the president tweeted.