Though yet to be assigned a shirt number, the club’s new signing stars Tito Okello says number 9 is his lucky number.
Asked about what number he would prefer, the Ugandan was quick to point out that he has a special connection to number nine.
“When I wear number nine, I form an inexplicable friendship with the net. Things just work out for me on the pitch.” says Tito Okello who donned shirt number 20 at Uganda’s Vipers who won the Ugandan Premier League in 2018.
“I know as a footballer, you wear the shirt you are assigned and I will be comfortable in whatever number I will be given but number 9 ticks all boxes for me.”
Previously, Tito had the chance to try out his preferred shirt number and as he says, it worked miracles.
“I was lucky to participate in the FUFA Drum tournament (a famous football tournament promoting cultural heritage in Uganda) and whenever I wore number 9, I found myself scoring goals that ordinarily I would not score.”
Shirt 9 is often associated with oven-like pressure for strikers and many have struggled to deliver in it. In fact, at K’Ogalo, the last memorable number nine was the goal machine from Rwanda, Jacques Tuyisenge, whose mercurial goal against Angola’s Petro Atletico de Luanda gloriously took us to the historic Quarter Finals stage of the CAF Confederations Cup in 2019.
Tito knows about that far too well and is ready for the challenge should he get the highly prized shirt number. Let the games begin.