The return of Allan Okello to KCCA FC is the latest and still, the hottest talk around town, with several football fanatics having different opinions.
The attacking midfielder left KCCA as a hot cake in February 2020 and joined Algerian outfit Paradou AC on a four-year contract.
Football analyst Tom Damulira described Okello’s return as a step backwards: “Yes, he has struggled in Algeria but I did not see it coming for him to return to Uganda and in my view, it is a step backward for the player.”
“I do not remember any player who has returned here and relaunched his career, I hope he becomes the first.”
“Our players have generally proved that they can compete within the region and I do not think we have prepared players to compete at any level beyond CECAFA.”
Veteran journalist, Hassan Badru Zziwa says Okello was not ready for professional football, just like the majority of the other Ugandan players.
“He has failed to make the grades, because he was not prepared for the task like many Ugandan players,” Zziwa told Football256.
“Okello may end up joining the semi-professional leagues of Tanzania, and Ethiopia among others,” Zziwa noted.
Midway through Okello’s contract, it is safer to say that the deal has not worked out for the 22-year-old.
Okello the inaugural winner of the 256 Footballer of the year award in 2019 had limited playing time among other challenges.
He decided to return to his boyhood club on a one-year loan deal in an attempt to re-establish himself.