KCCA midfielder Allan Okello is praying Charles Lukwago, Nicholas Kasozi and his return don’t jinx the team ahead of their crucial games.
The midfielder together with the duo have been out with the national team and were part of the Cranes squad that beat Malawi 2-0 on Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
While the two didn’t get a chance to play, Okello did. The 19-year-old came as a substitute in the second half, replacing Kizito Luwagga and was directly involved in the Cranes second goal as he created the pass for goal scorer, Fahad Bayo.
The trident return, but in their absence, KCCA have been winning. Their victories include halting Vipers’ unbeaten run this season inform of a 1-0 win a day before Okello and the Cranes took to the pitch, and he hopes their return won’t be a ‘curse’ to the team.
“The team has been winning. They obviously showed us that they never missed us,” the teenager fresh from winning the inaugural Football 256 Best Player Award said.
“It is good for us to come back join the team, but it will be a disappointment if tomorrow we lose or draw the game because the team has been winning.
“Our return may be a curse or joy I don’t know, but we are going to do our best to make it a joy.”
Like his manager Mike Mutebi, Okello believes their final games are must wins as they are looking to close in on table leaders Vipers.
KCCA had a number of matches postponed due to their engagement in continental football and as a result, have played five games less than most teams, but most importantly four less than Vipers, and Okello says the remaining games are must wins.
“In all our remaining games, not any is easy for us, but we are going to make sure that we win all those games because we need to reduce on the point gap
“KCCA are champions. You can’t be champions if you don’t win games so we need to do our best to win matches.”
The Kasasiro welcome URA to the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo on Wednesday. The last time the two sides met at the same ground, URA marched out victors following a 2-1 win. The teenager is aware of a daunting task ahead, but hopes his Sunday experience comes in handy.
“It’s a tough game tomorrow. It’s never an easy game for KCCA against URA, but I believe my debut on the national team is a motivation for me. It gave me some experience and confidence as a player. Tomorrow they may come all for me, but I hope I do my best.”