Fate sometimes breeds good, Vipers number one goalkeeper Watenga Ismail got injured towards the closing stages of the 2014/15 Azam Uganda Premier League season and his deputy Alitho was called in to fill for him for the rest of the league season.
Few had even heard about Alitho but by the end of the league, the whole country had noticed a talent this young lad is.
Born on 9th March 1998 in Mbale, this tallest player’s height in the Vipers team squad not only intimidates opponents but also makes his teammates feel secure when he is between the goal posts. The sight of a forward moving in goal and casually flicking the ball into the net with a volley taken in mid air is always phenomenon but a breathtaking save to deny such goals is a rare specialty but Alitho is that kind of goalkeeper, he concedes inevitably not unnecessarily.
A team playing well with an unsafe goalkeeper quickly loses confidence yet a poor team with a good goalkeeper grows in confidence with every passing game, Alitho is that kind of goalkeeper whose presence in goal gives confidence to the rest of the team.
Alitho started his playing career as a striker with CRO while still a student at St Mary’s Kitende where he was so instrumental in the school’s capture of both the Copa Coca Cola and East Africa Secondary school’s football games consecutively in 2012 & 2013.
Vipers signed him during the 2013/14 midseason registration of players but he always played second fiddle to the number one custodian until when an injury to Watenga handed him an opportunity to showcase his talent, the lad never disappointed, he recorded clean sheets in all the four league matches he featured against KCC, Express, Villa and BUL. Alitho made his debut for the club on thur 12th February 2015 in a Uganda Cup encounter against Kyambogo which ended goalless before Vipers lost 4-3 in the penalty shootout. He now has 5 matches under his belt in Vipers colours.
His performances earned him a national team call for U23 team where he deputized the El Merriekh shot stopper Salim Jamal in both Olympic qualifiers legs against Rwanda.
He has so far earned 2 national team caps against Tanzania in a Chan qualifier away in Zanzibar with a 3-0 score line before a 1-1 draw in the return match for Cranes to qualify for the final round against Sudan.
Age is still on his side and barring any calamities, he is destined to make Uganda’s goalkeeping position his own once such opportunity is availed.