Uganda Cranes star Khalid Aucho has named Geoffrey Walusimbi and Meddie Kagere among the players he never wanted to miss in Gor Mahia starting XI.
Reflecting on his time at the Imgwe, Aucho has also stated that joining the side is the best thing to ever happen to him.
Aucho joined Gor Mahia from fellow Kenya Premier League side Tusker FC in January 2015 before leaving the following year in May.
During that short spell, he helped the side to win the 2015 league title.
“Godfrey Walusimbi, Meddie Kagere, Mike Olunga, Gattuso, and Innocent Wafula. Whenever l had those five players on the pitch, l knew we were going to win whatever the situation was,” Aucho told the club website.
“Those were real winners and they made every game easy for me… Collin ‘Gattuso’ Okoth remains to be that player l enjoyed playing with – he was a fantastic player.”
In that run, Walusimbi was very pivotal at the back while Olunga (19) and Kagere (13) bagged 32 goals combined.
Aucho started his playing career at Jinja Municipal in 2009/10. He played for Water FC and Simba before moving to Kenya in 2013.
He says that he never imagined that he would play for Gor Mahia.
“I never imagined l would sign for Gor Mahia. Tusker was my employer then and being my first time in Kenya, my focus was all on the team but yeah, a move to Gor Mahia was a big blessing. A blessing from Allah indeed.
“Penning a deal at Gor Mahia was the best thing to happen to me. It boosted my confidence and l knew l was at a place where more people will get to know me. To be honest, most of my fans are in Kenya and not Uganda and Gor Mahia gave me that free billboard to advertise myself to the world. From Gor to national team, l was so much at ease – no pressure at all. Gor Mahia has a special place in my heart.”
Aucho says most Ugandans love the Kenya Premier League because its easy for them to cross-over to East Africa countries. He added: “Once in a club, they (Ugandans) work hard and put in a lot of effort to prove their worth. They always show what they have and working hard is always part of their plans – no laziness.”
Aucho also noted that Erick Apul of Ulinzi Stars was his toughest opponent and highlighted a game against his side at City Stadium was his toughest “because they came to kick everyone on the pitch.”
He added that Gor remains and will always be “my club” and would not mind playing for the club again. “Gor is the only club I ever played with passion, the only club I ever enjoyed my football.”
After Gor, he missed a chance to join the Scottish League and signed for Baroka. He has played for Red Star Belgrade, OFK Beograd, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers and currently at Egypt Premier League’s El Makkasa.
The central midfielder has represented Uganda Cranes at the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.