Can Okello silence critics after switch?

Friday September 11 2020
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Unfulfilled Potential. Okello’s playing abilities are not in question but it is his commitment and desire to deliver consistently that has made him fall out favour with several gaffers in Uganda. PHOTO/JOHN BATANUDDE

By Denis Bbosa

Versatile but unpredictable describe Gor Mahia striker Tito Okello’s game. Yet, his moody and jumpy character hastily explains why he has been a notable club hopper and received zero national team summons back here in Uganda.
South Sudan has come to Okello’s rescue after he sealed his ‘dream’ move from Ugandan Premier League champions Vipers to Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.

In the first instance, the South Sudan call up gives the Gulu-born speedy forward a place to call home and yet in another shot, it gives his platform for redemption and proving doubters wrong.
Lest we forget, Okello, like the other three Ugandan based South Sudan summoned players; Ivan Wani (Busoga United), Alionzi Nafian (URA) and  Makueth Wol (Mbarara City) will be out to prove Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry that they merited a place when the two nations lock horns over two legs in November.

Lowly rated
KCCA manager Mike Mutebi, who handled Uganda Cranes back in 2004 and has been following Okello’s progress for eight years described him as ‘unserious’ which expounds his omission from any Cranes set up. “Okello is confused. I can’t spend my precious time talking about a player without focus,” Mutebi, who parted ways with Okello after a few months at KCCA, revealed.

Vipers coach Fred Kajoba preferred not to talk about Okello. “I am focusing my energies on replacing departed 12-goal hero Fahad Bayo,” he said. 
Okello will be in line to make his South Sudan debut against Cameroon in October before he turns the guns on the Cranes that shut the door on him.

PROFILE
AT A GLANCE

Name: Tito Okello
Date of Birth: Jan 7, 1996
Age: 24 
Nationality: Ugandan (but switching to South Sudanese)
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: Bul, KCCA, Vipers, Mbeya City and Benfica De Macau
Current Club: Gor Mahia
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