SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Dennis Masinde Onyango was stretchered off in the 76th minute as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Chippa United 3-0 in the Absa Premiership at the Loftus Versfield on Saturday.
The Uganda Cranes shot stopper couldn’t continue due to a hamstring injury and was subsequently replaced by Zambian Kennedy Mwene.
The victory saw the Masandawana close in on the league pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs who lost their game 2-1 to Maritzburg United later on in the evening.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane confirmed that Onyango was injured and said he had problems with his hamstring.
“Onyango forced me to sub him because he has this tight hamstring that always gives him problems and we can’t play these big games without him.”
Mosimane told SuperSport TV.
“He can have a rest when we play VUT [Vaal University of Technology] but the game on Wednesday against Bloem Celtic is very important for us.”
“So if he is okay, he needs to play, but if it’s a little dicey he doesn’t have to play.” The 55 year old tactician added.
Nicholus Lukhubeni, Themba Zwane (penalty) and Sibusiso Vilakazi scored for the Mosimane coached side.
Sundowns are now seven points below of leaders Kaizer Chiefs who have played a game more.
The South African champions will face Al Ahly in the quarter finals of the CAF Champions League on 29th February before meeting in the second leg on 6th March.