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Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa
Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns  ~ Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango has been named in the CAF Africa's Best Eleven alongside superstars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at the CAF Awards in Dakar, on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old received the prestigious accolade to be named Africa's best goalkeeper alongside world superstars such as the Liverpool duo of Mane and Salah. Onyango is also the only African based player to make the best eleven.

Onyango has helped Uganda book a spot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a game to spare and has not conceded a goal in the qualifying campaign. He was also a key member as Sundowns lifted an unprecedented eight Absa Premiership trophy.

It’s the third time in a row Onyango is being named in the Best XI, a clear sign that he is one of the best keepers on the continent.

Salah capped off an impressive year for Egypt after being for a second time in a row named African Player of the Year.

Banyana Banyana also won big with head coach Desiree Ellis named the CAF Women’s National Team Coach of the Year, while forward Thembi Kgatlana took home two trophies – the CAF Goal of the Year and CAF Woman Player of the Year awards.

The duo inspired the South African Women's National Team to its first ever qualification for the World Cup set to take place in France in June this year.

Complete list of 2018 CAF Award winners:

Player of the Year Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Women’s Player of the Year Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)

Youth Player of the Year Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd)

Men’s Coach of the Year Herve Renard (Morocco)

Women’s Coach of the Year Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Men’s National Team of the Year Mauritania

Women’s National Team of the Year Nigeria

Platinum Award His Excellency Macky Sall (President of the Republic of Senegal)

Federation President of the Year Fouzi Lekjaa

Goal of the Year Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)

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