Caesar Okhuti

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Caesar Okhuti
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Arua, Uganda.
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
Mvara Junior Mvara, Ediofe Hills
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Ediofe Hills 187 (81)
2008–2012 Bunamwaya SC 85 (88)
2011 Vissai Ninh Bình
2012–2014 Vipers
2014–2015 El Nasir
2015 Onduparaka FC
2015–2016 Express FC
2016 KCCA FC
National team
2007– Uganda 12 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Caesar Okhuti (born 7 October 1990) is a Ugandan footballer[1] who plays for KCCA FC. He was loaned to Onduparaka FC[2] for the 2016/17 season. Also known as Samson, he was born in Arua on 7 October 1990. He has an eye for goal, power, pace and can shoot from distance with both feet.

Senior career[edit]

He burst onto the national scene in 2007 with a brace for Arua-based Ugandan Super League debutants Ediofe Hills FC against URA FC. He was instantly called to the Cranes putting in a solid performance in CECAFA later that year. The following year, Bunamwaya S.C. bought him for a national record 12 Million Shillings. A back injury in September 2008 laid him off for two months but returned strongly to end the season as third best scorer with 18 goals. He was named in the 2009 African Championship of Nations Uganda squad. He proved his worth by scoring five goals in a single league game as his team demolished Sharing FC 10-1. In 2010, Okhuti helped Bunamwaya win their first USL title.[3]

On 20 May 2011, Okhuti signed a contract with Xi mang The Vissai Ninh Bình in Vietnam's V.League 1 where he scored four goals within three months. He returned in January 2012 to play for Bunamwaya. During the exciting end to the season, defending champions URA FC and Express FC were tied atop the league table with 51 points. Okhuti's club was only one point behind but had to face URA which had beaten Bunamwaya 1-0 in the Bell Uganda Cup tournament the preceding month at Pece Stadium in Gulu. A win for Bunamwaya and anything less than a win for Express would make the 2010 champs repeat their unprecedented feat. Caesar scored the late winner in a 1-0 victory but Express won their game 2-1 against BIDCO. So, Bunamwaya settled for second and rebranded to Vipers.

Personal issues and injury niggles kept Caesar unheard of in 2013. Okhuti joined South Sudan's El Nasir and was supposed to play the whole of 2014 but didn't.

He came back home to help Arua-based Onduparaka FC get promotion in the Ugandan Big League.

In the 2016 Azam Uganda Premier League, Okhuti became a Red Eagle and led in scoring as Express remained unbeaten at the start of the season. He said, "The Most Important Reason why I went to Express is that it's a place where you can express yourself." He was named Player of the Month in September 2015.

On Saturday 5 December 2015 at Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia, Okhuti fiercely headed in the only goal against Rwanda to win a record-extending 14th CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup for Uganda. It was the fourth time Uganda had defeated Rwanda in the final (2003, 2009, 1011, 2015) and first time Uganda's Serbian Coach Milutin "Micho" Sredojevic had won it, having lost four years behind to Uganda while coaching Rwanda. Caesar scored three goals in the tournament like his captain and St. Mary's Kitende old boy Farouk iya.[4] Okhuti attributes his comeback to "change of attitude". His head won the cup,[5] but Okhuti modestly thinks he is not good at heading. It was his second CECAFA (Council for East and Central African Football Associations) Cup win.[6]

On course to revamp his career, Okhuti was included in the Cranes squad for CHAN 2016.[7]

As a free agent, he swapped his Express jersey for bitter rivals KCCA FC based in Lugogo. In September 2016, KCCA loaned him for six months to Onduparaka, the newly promoted side from Arua. FUFA cleared him to play for Onduparaka on 28 September 2016 and three days later he scored once in a 4-3 win over SC Villa. Ceaser has made more than 20 appearances for Onduparaka Fc and scored as many goals in the process and has had some spectacular goals as well, West Nile's giant sports journalist Vicente Da Costa Jr of Radio Pacis once branded Ceaser as the best footballer from Arua ever. Onduparaka Fc could end up signing him on permanent bases from KCCA Fc at the end of the 2016/17 Azam Uganda premier league season. He looks up to Red Eagles legend Hassan Mubiru and Thierry Henry. His Favourite Clubs are Express and Arsenal F.C. plus his Biggest Influence was King Joel, a games master at Mvara S.S (Arua). Caesar is a GOD-fearing and devoted Christian who speaks Lugbara, English, Luganda and Swahili. He studied at St. Joseph's College Ombaci and St. Mary's Kitende. C

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