Ugandan goalkeeper James Alitho has decided to forego 2020 African Nations Championships dream as he signs for Zambia's Zanaco.
The URA FC goalscoring shot-stopper left Uganda a fortnight ago to for trials with the Zambian club and eventually has put pen to paper, his manager Simon Wasswa has confirmed. He has penned a two-year contract with the Reds.
Alitho, popularly known as AJ, is a proven goal scorer and regularly swaps the gloves for the shooting boots. He was the top scorer at last year's FUFA Drum tournament.
The lanky goalkeeper's contract at URA ran out at the end of 2019 and he decided to seek a different challenge outside Uganda. He joined the Tax Collectors in 2017.
He has been part of the national team for a number of years but remains in the shadows of DennisOnyango, arguably Africa's finest keeper. He is also behind the pecking order at Uganda Cranes behind Robert Odongkara and Salim Jamal.
Alitho will now join other Ugandans and other East Africans in the lucrative Zambian league. These include
Mathias Kigonya (Forest Rangers), Paul Musamali (Buildcon), Misi Katende (Mufulira Wanderers), Yasin “Gabis” Mugabi (Red Arrows) and utility player Brian “Ziggy” Bwete at Mufulira Wanderers.
Kenya has also a sizeable legion in Zambia including JohnMark Makwatta, David Owino, Duncan Otieno, Ian Otieno as well as Duke Abuya.