Former Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) football youngster Allan Okello was officially unveiled on Tuesday by Algerian Club Paradou AC as their new player.
His former club KCCA officially announced on their official website that the 19-year-old together with his handlers flew to Algeria late last week to seal talks with Paradou and finally penned a four-year contract.
“Okello joins Algerian top tier side AC Paradou for four years,” KCCA announced in a statement on their official website.
“Allan Okello will be a football player for Paradou for four years with effect from 21st January 2020 until 2024.”
The transfer fee is not mentioned, however credible sources reveal that it might be about USD 200,000.
“Okello’s contract with AC Paradou has a sell-on clause whereby in case of a potential future transfer of the player to another club, KCCA FC will retain 20% of the transfer fee.”
“He joined KCCA Soccer Academy in 2015 and he played in the FUFA Juniors League for two years. Okello rose through the ranks and later made his debut for KCCA FC senior team on 27th February 2017 at 16 years old. The left-footed player bagged a hattrick on his debut against Onduparaka FC in a game that ended 7-0 in favour of KCCA FC.”
19-year-old, Okello, has played 112 games for KCCA FC and scored a total of 39 goals in three years he has been on the first team.
Okello must have impressed his new bosses when he scored KCCA’s only goal as Paradou outclassed them 4-1 in Algiers after the first leg ended goalless in Kampala.
At the time of his departure, Okello was the club’s top scorer in the Uganda Premier League with six goals in the 10 games he played in the first round of the 2019/2020 season.
He is currently the reigning FUFA male player of the year 2019, he also won the most valuable player of the season under the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) U-17 programme for three seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Okello has played five times for Uganda Cranes, scoring once and was part of the team that won the 15th CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup for Uganda.
His counterpart and left-back Mustapha Kiiza was in high hopes of leaving the Kasasiro boys before the deadline day, however, his transfer to Moroccan side Hasania Union sport Agadir couldn’t go through as the club said they had reached their financial transfer limit. He has since returned to KCCA and hopefully will be available for the rest of the season.
KCCA in the absence of masterminds Mustapha Kiiza and Allan Okello started the second phase of the campaign on a struggling note, losing out to Bright stars and having slim wins against Mbarara city and Tooro united. They are currently sitting second on the log with four points behind table leaders Vipers SC. in the first round of the league finishing second and there is need for them to address their striking force challenges.
Mike Mutebi’s charges will have to brave up and fill the wide gap left by Allan Okello, we await to see how results will turn out to be as the second phase of the 2019/20 season has already kicked off.