- Allan Okello has joined the Algerian league, but he dreams of playing in Europe
- He stood out with the Uganda team and Kampala City
- The left-hander dreams of qualifying his country for the World Cup
Europe is an Eldorado for many African players. Allan Okello the first. Revealed at 16 at home, in Uganda, in the jersey of Kampala City, the striker walks towards his dream, without hurrying. After scoring 39 goals in 112 matches for Kampala City, he chose to head north and stop off in Algeria, at Paradou Athletic Club, a club known to be a talent scout, Youcef Atal (Nice) and Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Mönchengladbach) in the lead.
“My dream is to play in Europe,” he confides at the microphone of FIFA.com. “I could have chosen another destination, but the PAC seemed like a great springboard to make a name for myself abroad. I had to adapt to the style of play and overcome the language barrier. When I started out here I couldn’t speak and didn’t understand anything, but things are starting to improve. Today I feel good on the pitch and confidence is coming. “
In short :
- Name: Allan Okello
- Nationality: Ugandan
- Position: striker
- Age: 21 years old
- Height: 1.79m
A balanced group
He will be able to put this confidence at the service of Uganda, which has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup ™. But as part of the Qatar 2022 qualifiers, she inherited a balanced group, with Mali, Kenya and Rwanda, where “anything is possible”. “Our competitors are strong. We have already played against Mali and Rwanda. They are good teams and it will not be easy to get out of this group,” he said. “It’s a good group for Uganda because it is balanced. Mali qualified for the last African Cup and Kenya too. Only Rwanda was not in Egypt in 2019. This group us offers a good chance of reaching the World Cup. “
Okello makes no secret of his enthusiasm when it comes to qualifying for the supreme event. He hopes to realize the dream of millions of Ugandans soon: “If we qualify for the World Cup, we will have made the happiness of all the Ugandan people. We will do our utmost, all together, to make this dream a reality” .
“I’m one of the younger internationals and there are a lot of very good players in the squad. We have a strong team and I’m proud to represent my country. It’s a great opportunity for me and I am lucky to be a part of this adventure. I cannot say that the team is counting on me alone because we are a united group. If we work hard and everyone pulls in the same direction, we will achieve our goals. objectives, “he concludes.
Did you know ?
Prior to joining Paradou, Okello was voted Uganda’s best player in 2019 after a very successful season with Kampala City.