Acholi Province football star and former Vipers SC forward Tito Okello has crossed borders to play for South Sudan national team over Uganda Cranes.
The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) have confirmed that the National Team will start trainings on Friday, September 11th. 13 players have been summoned so far and are expected to be in the camp by 10th September.
These include: Alionzi Nafian Legason, Yasir Khemis Duku, John Kaul, Koang Thok, Hasoon James, Dominic Abui, Asad Musa, Wani Ivan, Tito Okello, Makueth Wol, Godfrey Peter, Sabir Henry and Sebit Ajack.
SSFA has also lined up a friendly against Cameroon on October 10, 2020, before the November doubleheader against Uganda
Tito Okello who signed contract with Gor Mania last month is understood to have been paid huge sums of money by the South Sudanese government to play for their national team.
Okello is a Ugandan national born and bred by Acholi parents. FIFA eligibility rules dictate that a player is only locked in for a particular nation when he has played in a competitive senior international fixture which isn’t the case with him.
Okello joined Gor Mahia last month on a two-year deal as a free agent having run out of contract with Uganda Premier League defending champions Vipers Sports Club.
He had earlier played at Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC), BUL FC, and Benfica De Macau, adding to his spell at Tanzania’s African Lyon.