Following months of speculation and links of a possible move away from Police FC, talisman Derrick Kakooza will soon complete a transfer to Latvian Higher League side Valmiera FC.
Highly reliable sources have disclosed to Football256 that the young marksman has left the Cops to sign a three-year employment contract with his new bosses at an undisclosed fee.
The 18-year old exploded on the scene in early 2021 after bagging five golden-boot winning goals at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted by Mauritania.
Including a hattrick in the 4-1 win over Tunisia in the semifinals, Kakooza helped the Ugandan Hippos to silver after falling 2-0 to Ghana.
From then on, Kakooza has attracted suitors on the continent and abroad, including what seemed like a possible move to Belgian side Anderlecht that fell through for unknown reasons.
Kakooza will depart Police FC after two relatively successful campaigns that had him notch seven goals in 19 league appearances.
Valmiera on the other hand features in the Virslīga, the highest division of Latvian football which they rejoined in 2017 following a successful campaign that saw them clinch the country’s second-tier league after fourteen years in the competition.
For the 2020 season, the team finished third on the log, garnering 50 points behind Rigas Futbola Skola and eventual winners Riga FC who amassed a staggering 66 points.
Valmiera also attempted two unsuccessful Europa League qualification attempts in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons. In the latter campaign, they fell to Lithuania’s FK Suduva courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate loss at the first qualification round.