Blacks Power Tie Down Allan Okello’s Brother

FUFA Big League side Blacks Power FC have completed the signing of exciting midfielder Rogers Obira.

The pacy youngster is industrious with his soft left foot; he’s a wing attacker who can operate effectively on any side of the flanks, though he prefers playing more on the right, so he can easily have the option to cut-in and shoot on goal.

Rogers, a younger brother to Uganda Cranes midfielder Allan Okello fully trained with the the Lira-based club in 2022, during their Big League title-winning season.

He had shown promising signs, and impressed the technical team that also included his uncle Bob Obira who worked as assistant under Vialli Bainomugisha.

Only a few technicalities then barred the club from signing the player, but all signs were clear that he’d be considered for the 2022/23 season.

However, after Blacks Power’s qualification to the UPL, Bainomugisha’s whole technical team vanished into thin air, and the team spun into a whole new dimension – then, nothing was ever heard about Blacks Power signing Obira again.

A year on, Blacks Power have played in the top division, had a forgettable UPL debut season; finished second last on the 15 team-table, having managed only 26 points from 28 games under two different managers, Peter Onen and Hussein Mbalangu.

Following the club’s relegation to the second division, some changes were immediately made, starting from the technical team to the players.

Bob and John Ongodia who had been at Blacks Power before in different years returned to the club to work under Francis Mugerwa as fitness coach and assistant coach respectively.

Upon his return, Bob reignited his advocacy for the club to sign his nephew Rogers. Indeed, it was much easier for Blacks Power to consider signing the player this time round, as all the leaders at the club already know about his good qualities, having assessed him from close range for so many months.

Offcourse, the fitness coach has got so much to do with the club signing the youngster, but the player’s commendable qualities are what held him up the most.

Rogers, like his celebrated elder brother Okello also at one time passed through the KCCA FC Academy.

Unlike Okello, who went on to rise through to the senior ranks at Lugogo, Rodgers resorted to returning home, to Lira Sports Academy under his uncle, Bob.

The former KCCA, Pamba and Boroboro midfielder in the early 2000s takes the credit for mentoring the two footballing brothers from a very young age.

Not only has Bob nurtured his nephews into the players they are today, but he has also played a big role in promoting players like Musa Ramathan amongst a number of other footballers from the Lango sub-region.



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