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Unsettled Aucho turns down Orlando Pirates’ trial invitation

Former Gor Mahia midfielder Khalid Aucho has rejected trials in South Africa and instead opted to join a Ugandan club on a short term deal.

According to reliable South African website kickoff.com, the Ugandan has now fallen off Orlando Pirates radar after the club requested he undergoes a trial at Mayfair.

Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic was keen to reunite with Aucho after the pair’s four year relationship during the Serbian trainer’s spell as Uganda Cranes coach.

The 24-year-old who is in the past also turned out for Premier Soccer League club Baroka, was reportedly put off by Buccaneers’ management’s demands that he undergoes trials in Johannesburg.

“Aucho came back to Uganda on Thursday (last week) from South Africa after failing to agree on terms with Orlando,” a source close to the player told kickoff.com.

UNSUCCESSFUL TRIALS

“Again they wanted him for trials which he refused. They watched all the two games of World Cup qualifiers against Egypt so why trial first? He told coach Micho why do they want him for trials yet he has worked with him for over four years?

“Aucho is in Uganda, he told me he is going to sign a six-month contract for a local club. (Zambian champions) Zanaco were willing to send him a (plane) ticket before he went to Scotland for trials. He had so many offers, Zamalek, El Gaish, Orlando Pirates, Nkana and Zanaco.”

This development probably is the highlight of what is without doubt an eventful journey for the player ever since he quit Gor Mahia back in 2016.

Thereafter he underwent unsuccessful trials in Scotland before returning to join Baroka. His stay there lasted six months before he moved to Serbian club Red Star Belgrade. Again, his stay there only lasted six months.