Uganda Cranes and Paradou AC attacking midfielder Allan Okello has shared his life at Paradou AC and also maintains the European dream.
Okello joined the Algerian side from KCCA FC on a free transfer in the 2019/2020 transfer window.
In three years with KCCA, Okello racked up 39 goals in 112 matches, putting him on the radar of many North African clubs, including several from Morocco and Egypt.
Like any other player at a foreign country, Okello had his share of life in Algeria, difficulties in a country where Arabic and French are predominantly spoken.
“When I arrived in Algeria, it was difficult for me, as I had to adapt to the style of play and overcome the language barrier,” he said.
“Now things are starting to improve. I’ve learned a few words and studied the language to let me communicate with my team-mates.
“Initially, I couldn’t express myself and didn’t understand anything. Now, I’m in the ideal situation – I’m an integral part of the team, I feel good on the pitch and I can build my self-confidence , Okello said”
On his decision to join Paradou AC despite some financially enticing offers, Okello was quick to say
“Like all African players, my dream is to have a career in Europe. I could have chosen another destination, but Paradou AC sell more players to clubs on the Old Continent than any other side in Algeria
“It’s a great springboard to make a name for yourself abroad. Just in the last two years, the club have sold three players to European sides, and so I’m working hard to be among the next ones to go there.”
He adds on that, “The Algerian championship is really very professional, unlike what I’ve experienced before. It allows you to evolve very quickly and can open doors to European football.”
Since his debut at his club, Okello has scored two goals and assisted one.
Without doubt, Okello is one of the most talented players for the Uganda National team and he is one for the future.