Former Vipers SC forward and now Gor Mahia new recruit Tito Okello has told club media that he would prefer donning jersey number 9.
Okello who’s yet to be assigned a squad number, says 9 is his lucky number and that he has a special connection to it.
“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.”
Okello said that the few times he has had a chance to put on his lucky charm (number 9), it has 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.
However, Okello said he’s aware of that far too well and is ready for the challenge should he get the highly prized shirt number.