Ugandan left footed teenage sensation Allan “Jolly” Okello has arrived in Zurich city, Switzerland ahead of a week-long trial stint with top tier outfit Fussballclub Zürich, popularly known as FC Zurich.
FC Zurich has been following Okello after his surge in the local league with Champions KCCA FC and the Uganda Cranes team.
Okello has been previously active in the COSAFA U-20 tournament that was hosted by Zambia in 2017, through to the CAF Champions and Confederation Cup tournaments.
A few weeks ago, Okello traveled to Nairobi for his visa to Switzerland which he successfully secured before returning to play for his native Lango Province, scoring a hat-trick.
He has since been training with the national team preparing for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
He was consquently dropped and selected to be among 2019 COSAFA bound team until Thursday when he pulled out as the invitation from Fussballclub Zürich was received.
He left Entebbe International Airport in the wee-hours of Sunday, 26th May 2019 according to Kawowo Sports.
“There was a stop-over at Aturtuk Airport, Istanbul in Turkey at 9:30 AM before setting off by noon to the final destination.
“Accompanied by his agent, Isaac Mwesigwa, the duo successfully touched down Zurich at 2:20pm where he was received by the sporting director who is also chief scout Adamson Fahad.”
Okello is expected to start training on Monday, 27th May 2019. He will also be subjected to play two trial matches on 29th and 31st May before returning to Uganda on 1st June 2019.
About FC Zurich:
Fussballclub Zürich plays in the Swiss top flight premier League managed by former Swiss left back Ludovic Magnin.
The club has a rich history, having been founded in 1896.
They have won the Swiss Super League 12 times and the Swiss Cup 10 times.
The club won the 2009 Swiss Super League and last won the Swiss Cup in 2018.
Letzigrund Stadium in Zürich, a 26,104 sitter facility hosts their home matches.
Since 2011 season to date, they are a regular club at the UEFA Europa competition.
Who is Allan Okello?
Full Names: Allan Okello
Nick Name: Jolly
Date of Birth: 4th July 2000
Parents: Patrick Ojom (Deceased) & Joan Agomu
Place of Birth: Lira Town
Education: St Kizito Nursery and Primay School, Kibuli S.S
Strong Foot: Left
Inspired by: Bob Obira, former footballer with Boroboro F.C, KCCA F.C & Express F.C
Football Success: Uganda Premier League winner (2016/17, 2018/19), Uganda Cup winner (2017/18), Winner National Post Primary Championship with Kibuli S.S (2014), Winner – ARS Northern Region (With Lira’s Destiny Sports Academy), MVP Airtel Rising Stars (2014, 2015, 2016), Copa Cocacola M.V.P (2016), FUFA Junior League M.V.P (2016), Young Player of the Year (2016–2017), Airtel FUFA Best eleven (2017–2018), Airtel FUFA fans’ favourite player of the year (2018)
Role Models: Geofrey Massa and Stephen Bengo (in Uganda), Ozil and Xavi (Elsewhere)