Gor Mahia new signing Tito Okello had to seek what he considers wise counsel from compatriots Dani Sserunkuma and Innocent Wafula before signing for the 19-time league champions.
In his first interview with the club website, the fairly tall and ever smiling straight talking attacking midfielder revealed that he got a lot of advice from his countrymen who had played for K’Ogalo before he could commit to the deal.
“Of course, I had always wanted to come but given that I had the luck of playing alongside Dani at Vipers in Uganda and that he is a good friend, it was wise for me to ask him because I knew how much respect he commands around here,” he noted.
Dani Sserunkuma left Gor Mahia at the end of season 2014 after a two and a half years stint winning two league titles and the Green Army considers him one of the finest players to have won the club’s shirt in recent years.
Okello reveals that when Dani heard that he was talking to Gor Mahia, he was happy for him and told him not to waste time with the negotiations. “He told me the club invests heavily in quality midfield players. And with that, a striker gets the tools to score many goals.”
“Innocent Wafula too was full of praise for the club and told me I will enjoy my time here. He told me the fans want nothing but goals and wins so I am ready for that.”
Joining a club that has a rich history of highly revered Ugandan football personalities, Tito is well aware of the expectations that awaits him both from Gor Mahia fans and the fans back at home. From the legendary David Otti, to Tim Ayieko, Abbey Nassur to recent prolific names like Ivan Anguyo, Israel Emuge, Baba Kizito, Godfrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho and to fans’ favorite Innocent Wafula and Dani Sserunkuma, Tito Okello knows the fans’ expectation is over the roof.
“I know what awaits me here. It is difficult to be drafted into a team as a foreigner. It is even more difficult when you are a Ugandan joining a team that has a record of success from Ugandans. But it is our job as footballers to meet the expectations of the fans. And that is what drives me.”
Commenting on the fame of Gor Mahia in Uganda, Tito says the club is a household name in the region.
“If you follow football in this part of the world then you definitely know Gor Mahia. In Uganda, we follow Gor Mahia because many of our countrymen have had a lot of success while playing here. So, it is a club which is a part of Ugandan football in so many ways.”