SC Villa have lured 17 year old midfielder Umar Lutalo to Villa Park as the youngster looks to kickstart his career in first division football.
The teenager has been handed a three-year contract in a deal that will see him stay at Villa Park until at least 2024.
An agreement has been reached between the player and the club, and his announcement is expected sooner than later.
Lutalo, who will only be turning 18 in December is a dribbling ace blessed with a sleek – soft, left foot.
He can effectively be employed on the left wing and behind the main striker, or even upfront depending on circumstances.
The left footed player however most preferably operates from the right flank – as he loves to cut in and shoot from the right side of the pitch using his stronger foot.
Lutalo is a product of the famous Aspire Football Dreams (AFD) – a unique humanitarian project whose goal is to empower the youth of the world.
AFD is there to identify, nurture and provide life skills and an education to football talent scouted throughout the globe, and that is how they found Lutalo.
He made World headlines in Qatar’s capital, Doha when he grabbed the third goal as AFD ran out deserving 3-1 winners against Real Madrid in 2018.
In an engrossing clash between two of the strongest squads at Al Kass 2018, AFD were 2-1 up, but under immense pressure from relentless Madrid.
With five minutes left, Lutalo (the shortest on the pitch) rose highest to head home a corner from the left, that is how he introduced himself to the world.
At just 16, the winger was also called up to the Uganda national U20 squad as the team prepared for the 2020 African Cup of Nations CECAFA zonal qualifiers that were held in Arusha, Tanzania.
Lutalo was ultimately dropped, stirring controversy, with a key instinct around the argument that his potential place on the team was reserved for one ‘favoured’ player.
To be specific, many believed that the position Lutalo could have easily taken up on the team was instead kept for musician Bebe Cool’s son Alpha Ssali who not so surprisingly (to a few) made the final cut in Morley Byekwaso’s team.
At Villa, Lutalo will join other youngsters Isma Mugulusi (whose move caused a lot of controversy) Kenneth Ssemakula, Travis Mutyaba, Oscar Mawa, Iddi Abdul-Wahid and Joseph Kafumbe (all national team stars in the below age category).