Makerere Impis has made a last ditch move in the transfer window signing Aaron Atooke, the club has announced.
The speedster joins on loan from league rivals Buffaloes after reaching an agreement with the Makerere club more than a week ago.
“The clubs reached an agreement for the player a day before the close of the transfer window on the 25th of February 2021, subject to agreement of terms which have now been completedImpis RFC statement
In a statement issued by the club, Atooke expressed his happiness to join Impis, which he expects to facilitate his growth. Meanwhile, coach Emma Katuntu was full of praises for his new man, who he called a finisher.
He was the top scorer for Buffaloes in the 7s season and we are certain he will replicate this form in the time he will spend with us.coach Emma Katuntu
Coach Katuntu is surely relieved knowing that his wings are sorted for this season. Atooke’s pace, agility and skill, which saw him become Buffaloes’ tops scorer in last year’s sevens series, will also be a big asset for the Arrogance boys as they take a short at this year’s sevens. The Union is yet to make a statement on the now annual sevens series.
Atooke joins brothers Waya Edmond and Deng Gilbert Ring, becoming the club’s third signing as the Arrogance Boys look to better last season’s unsatisfying league position.
Having already started training, the pacy winger will be rooting for himself to be named on Saturday’s squad as Impis host Mongers in their first game of the rather short season.
Speaking matters training, fellow new signing Waya Edmond has impressed him the most.
I was wondering why such a big guy was training with the line, but his passing is incredible and you can see his talent.Aaron Atooke on Waya Edmond
Throughout this week, rugby clubs have been releasing their squads for the upcoming rugby season. This is after the Union announced that the transfer window had been closed on 25th February 2021.
Strangely, as the players walk onto the turf this weekend, cheers from the fans will be absent as the Union announced a strict No fans policy in compliance with government directives. This, the government argues, will go a long way in mitigating the spread of Covid19.
Buffaloes host Rams for the opening fixture on Saturday while Hippos make a long trip to Legends for a date with Warriors for the lunchtime kickoff. Kobs host Rhinos for the final game at Legends as Pirates make a short trip to Kyadondo Rugby Grounds for the headline fixture against defending champions Heathens RFC.