Recently, KCCA FC’s wonder kids Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza had the rare opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level any young African footbller can ever dream to play, Europe.
Kizza went first, for trials with Spanish top division side Rayo Valladolid early last month and the youngster, we learnt, made an immediate impact after coming off the bench to make an assist in a friendly match at the club.
Barely a month later, Kizza’s colleague Allan Okello also headed out to try his luck at swiss top tier side FC Zurich.
The youngster spent one week under taking rigorous training with the Zurich based club’s youth side, in which he took part in friendlies with the youth sides of some of Europe’s top clubs like PAOK (Greece), Sevilla (Spain) and others.
He even missed a chance to feature at the COSAFA cup in South Africa where Uganda was invited to play earlier.
Ugandans were left eager to know what happens there after for these two football sensations and Next media as usual did the digging and here are the answers.
In an exclusive interview with Next Media last week, KCCA FC chairman Aggrey Ashaba revealed that both trials went well for both players and admitted to on going negotiations.
Despite there being no official offer from both teams yet, Ashaba didnt beat around the club’s valuation of the two young lads.
The chairman revealed that Allan Okello is valued at 800,000 US Dollars (Aprroximately 3 Billion Uganda shillings) while in their eyes, Kizza is worth half as much.(Approximately 1.5 Billion Uganda shillings)
“Both Kizza and Allan Okello had successful stints at Rayo Valladolid and FC Zurich respectively and we made our proposals before they left. Our valuation for Kizza was $400,000 and $800,000 for Allan Okello. For any club that would want to take on their services we believe they should be able to match up to our valuation so we can allow our players to go and be able to further their aspirations as professional footballers.
He further explained that these figures are derived from among other things, the investment the club has made in the players.
“Usually the value of a player is determined more with demand and supply, how much is required and whether there are so many people who can play in that position but for us we look at how much we’ve put in a player, how much we’ve invested, the kind of developments we have made and the future value we think the player should have.
I think it is time for not only Ugandan clubs but African football to begin to reap from football through lucrative transfers like we see in South America and the rest of the world receiving handsome payments for player transfers,” Chairman Aggrey explained.
Nile Post further learnt that Mustafa Kizza was also bound for trials with FC Zurich but his tight schedule made it impossible to secure a Swiss VISA in time for the trip.
Real Sports Agency brought the Okello deal to KCCA FC, who then contacted the player’s agent a one Isaac Mwesigwa and now the three parties are looking to the man above for the deal to come through so that each parts with their share of the transfer money.
Ashaba also hinted that the club has intentions of recruiting more players since about five could leave in this transfer window.
“The manager is preparing his squad for next season so we are looking at one or two players, hopefully we shall start negotiations and if they go well we shall deliver to him the kind of players he needs for him to achieve his objectives.”
On the 25th of April 2018, the 13 time league champions launched a five year strategic plan that among other things involved construction of a state of the art stadium.
Ashaba was proud to report that the club patron, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and the mother body KCCA approved one billion Uganda shillings per quarter and they hope to start construction works on the stadium soon.
“At the last party that we had which closed the season, the lord mayor and executive director pledged that they will commit a billion shillings every season to make sure we meet the objectives and aspirations a standard stadium at the centre of the city.
“Currently we are concluding some of the costings regarding the phased approach and installations of lights at the stadium. We are hopeful that next week we shall be doing these presentations to his worship the Lord Mayor, the excutive director and eventually to the council for their approval and for them to commit a bunch of money that will us to start these developments. In a space of two to three years we should have a fantastic stadium at Lugogo that will not only cater for the Image that the club has built but also for people and the brand which is Kampala city,”
Should Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza leave KCCA FC for the above fees, they would be two of the most expensive football exports in Uganda’s football history.