By Fred Kaweesi
LESS than a week after returning for Cranes Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau next weekend, Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango flew back to South Africa yesterday to complete his move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
The gangly custodian will sign a three-year lucrative deal with the South Africa Premier League giants today and most certainly return to the country tomorrow.
Onyango, who has been an integral figure behind Cranesâ€™ impressive run in the 2012 qualifying campaign, had been long touted as a prospective replacement for Sundowns retiring goalkeeper Brian Baloyi.
The former Mpumulanga Black Aces goalkeeper, who had previosuly helped SuperSport to three consecutive South Africa Premier League titles had also been linked to Kaizer Chiefs.
Chiefs however ended their interest after Onyango insisted that he would not be interested in playing second fiddle to South Africaâ€™s number one Itumelang Khune.
The revelation made Sundownâ€™s position on Onyango even stronger.
And following successful negotiations with Onyangoâ€™s agent Ivica Stankovic yesterday, the 24-year-old was asked to catch the earliest flight back to South Africa.
Just like several other clubs, Sundowns have been secret admirers of Onyangoâ€™s brilliant reflexes, fearless attitude and abilities of speeding up play with quick goal kicks.
Cranes coach Bobby Williamson is surely one man that will be pleased about Onyangoâ€™s move as in the build-up to next weekendâ€™s game, the Scot will need a group of players with settled minds.