The Cranes of Uganda goalie believes his side has what takes to shock Ghana and Group E opponents Egypt and Mali at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which will be held in Gabon.
Onyango’s outstanding performance for the Cranes ensured they qualified for the AFCON tournament for the first time since 1978.
Denis Onyango also led South African side mamelodi sundowns to win the 2016 CAF Champions League.
Uganda kick-start their campaign in Port Gentil on 17 January against Ghana, a side they drew goalless with in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E match at the Tamale sports stadium.
”Even though I think we are regarded as the whipping boys of the group, I think we can surprise the other teams. Our fans accept that we have not been there for a long time, so they are not expecting any miracles from us, but we want to escape the group phase,” Onyango told FIFA.com in an interview.
”It will also be very good for us to play against Egypt ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in March. After drawing in Ghana, we believe in ourselves. If we did not believe in ourselves, we would not even go to the Nations Cup.
”We are, of course, aware that the winners of the Nations Cup qualify for the Confederations Cup. And why should we not dream about that too?.”
Ghana is housed in Group D alongside Egypt, Uganda & Mali.