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Tito Okello: I have always wanted to play like Ronaldinho


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Today we caught up with Vipers SC forward Tito Okello and he shared with us how his footballing journey has been plus, his long-term desires.

From Gulu District Northern Uganda, Okello was raised in a family of two brothers by the late Mathew Odong (father), and Margret Odongo (mother).

Okello attended Unifat Nursery and Primary School up to P5 before he moved to Police P/S for only one term. He later moved to Bright Light P/S in Mutundwe where he finished his primary education.

Okello joined Negri College for O-Level and Light College Katikamu for A-Level. He later joined Zzana Mixed Secondary School where he finished his A-level.

During his time at Zzana Mixed, Okello got a chance to play for SC Villa under the stewardship of Mike Mutebi in 2011.

“This is when I started playing serious football,” he said.

“Villa ignited my football career although the stint did not last so long due to the disorganization from the football administrators during that time,” he added.

When he left Villa, Okello joined BUL FC in 2012, where he spent one season before crossing to Tanzania’s African Lyon in 2014. After one season, Okello moved to Mbeya City for one season before turning up for KCCA the following season (2017/18).

While in Kampala, Okello made a sudden disappearance from KCCA FC and was later found to be at Hong Kong’s Benfica Macau. However, he denies any wrongdoing citing contractual bleaches by the Lugogo based club.

“KCCA violated my contract,” he revealed;

“All that was agreed on was not fulfilled, so, I decided to move on”

With less than a year at Benfica Macau, Okello joined Vipers SC on a two-year contract at the start of the Startimes Uganda Premier League 2018/19 season.

The Vipers SC forward says the only reason he has been on the move for most of the time is not being guaranteed playing time.

“Lack of playing time is what has kept me moving from one club to another.”

He also notes that not having a credible agent has played a big part to influence his movements.

“Even spending so much time without a proper agent has been a stumbling block in my career,” he notes.

Since joining Vipers SC, Okello has been settled and seems to be enjoying his time at the Kitende based side, a team he says he has always wanted to play for.

Tito Okello (right) with Vipers’ patron Dr. Lawrence Mulidwa after putting pen to paper on a 2-year contract in 2018 | Courtesy Photo

“I have always admired playing for Vipers SC and KCCA FC,” the lanky forward revealed to The Touchline Sports.

“… and I am happy to have played for both,” he added.

Like any other football player, Okello’s dream is to play at the bigger stage in Europe,

“In the next 3-5 years hopefully,” he says, “it may even take longer but I will keep working hard to achieve it.”

Every football player has that one or two great football players they look up to or would wish to share the same football field with, and Tito Okello’s admiration to legends, David Obua and Ronaldinho Gaucho compares to no other.

“Many things have inspired me,” he says; “but David Obua and Ronaldinho inspire me a lot and I have always wanted to play like the duo.”

This season, Okello has only managed 3 goals which were as a result of a hat trick against BUL FC at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru and remained a vital player in the  Vipers’ title-winning team.

Tito Okello is among the Vipers SC players whose contracts are expiring in August and plans of renewing are still uncertain.

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