Emmanuel Okwi

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Emmanuel Okwi
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Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Arnold Okwi[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Simba
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 SC Villa 40 (13)
2010–2013 Simba 38 (18)
2013 Étoile du Sahel 1 (0)
2013 SC Villa
2013–2014 Young Africans 18 (9)
2014–2015 Simba 20 (16)
2015–2017 SønderjyskE 4 (0)
2017 SC Villa 13 (10)
2017– Simba 53 (36)
National team
2011– Uganda 67 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:40, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:45, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (born 25 December 1992) is a Ugandan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Tanzanian club Simba and the Uganda national team.

Club career[edit]

Okwi played for Uganda Super League club SC Villa before joining Tanzanian team Simba S.C. for US$40,000.[3]

In January 2013, Tunisian team Étoile Sportive du Sahel signed Okwi for a Tanzania record transfer fee of US$300,000.[4] The team, however, failed to pay the fee to Simba S.C. He was then cleared by FIFA's Player Status Committee in December 2013 to return to SC Villa[5] although the clearance was changed two months later so he could play for Young Africans S.C.,[6] despite Simba S.C.'s protests.[7]

Okwi rejoined Simba S.C. in August 2014 under a six-month contract, explaining that Young Africans S.C. had terminated his contract[8] by failing to pay the US$50,000 owed to him.[9] Okwi refused to play the last five games of the 2013–14 season for Young Africans because of the payment controversy.[9] Young Africans vigorously protested the transfer to Simba S.C. and claimed that the contract was still in effect.[9] The Tanzania Football Federation rejected that claim in September 2014.[10]

In July 2015, SønderjyskE Fodbold signed Okwi on a five-year contract,[11] with the consent of Simba S.C.,[12] that would last until 2020.[13] In January 2017, Okwi and agreed to terminate the contract. He scored two goals in six appearances.[14]

Upon his return from Denmark Okwi re-joined former club SC Villa signing a six-month contract. He scored 10 goals in 13 Uganda Premier League matches.[15]

In June 2017, Okwi signed with Simba S.C. for the third time in his career having agreed a two-year contract.[15]

International career[edit]

Okwi first represented Uganda at senior level in 2009. He was the second top scorer at the 2010 CECAFA Cup, scoring a four goals in five matches.[16] The following year at the 2011 CECAFA Cup, he scored five goals and was joint top scorer alongside Rwanda's Meddie Kagere and their captain Olivier Karekezi.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Okwi grew up idolizing Thierry Henry and is a fan of Arsenal F.C.. Okwi was born into a Roman Catholic family, but at a young age, his mother became a Born Again Christian and raised her children in her faith. Okwi got married to his longtime girlfriend Florence Nakalegga with whom they have one child.[18] Okwi played football as a boy while at St. Henry's College Kitovu.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of matches played on 16 July 2019[19]
Uganda national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 5 1
2010 5 3
2011 5 5
2012 12 3
2013 10 5
2014 5 0
2015 0 0
2016 6 0
2017 5 1
2018 7 2
2019 7 2
Total 67 22

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Uganda's goal tally first.[19]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Emmanuel Okwi at Soccerway. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  2. ^ "Emmanuel Okwi profile". FIFA. FIFA. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Emma Okwi set to join Orlando Pirates in a record transfer". Kawoko Sports. 22 June 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Okwi joins Etoile du Sahel". Super Sport. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Tanzania's Simba claims to 'own' Okwi", New Vision, authored by James Bakama, accessed 11 July 2015 Archived 12 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Okwi Delighted After Fifa Clearance", RedPepper, 14 February 2014, accessed 11 July 2015
  7. ^ "Kiiza – FIFA Cleared Okwi Move To Tanzanian Club", RedPepper, authored by Stephen Muneza, 20 December 2013, accessed 11 July 2015
  8. ^ "EMMANUEL OKWI’S SIMBA SC SHARES SPOILS WITH YOUNG AFRICAS IN TANZANIAN DERBY", Kawowo Sports, 19 October 2014, accessed 11 July 2015
  9. ^ a b c "Yanga pull plug on Okwi deal", In2EastAfrica, accessed 11 July 2015
  10. ^ "Tanzania: Counsel - Okwi Ruling Set Precedence", Daily News, 10 September 2014, via allAfrica.com, accessed 11 July 2015
  11. ^ "Emmanuel Okwi handed 5 year contract at Danish Club SønderjyskE Fodbold". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Okwi Signs Five Year Contract With Sonderjyske Of Denmark", UGO News, 10 July 2015, accessed 11 July 2015
  13. ^ soenderjyske.dk http://www.soenderjyske.dk/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "SønderjyskE ophæver med Okwi". bold.dk (in Danish). 17 January 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  15. ^ a b Ssenoga, Shafik (26 June 2017). "Emmanuel Okwi joins Simba". New Vision. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  16. ^ Mubiru, Abdallah (13 December 2010). "Tanzania are CECAFA champions". New Vision. Uganda. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  17. ^ Mugabe, Bonnie (11 December 2011). "Third time unlucky". The New Times. Rwanda. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  18. ^ Flint, Liam (12 March 2017). "Ugandan striker, Emmanuel Okwi: "People thought I have this mohawk because I use witchcraft"". Cross The Line. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Emmanuel Okwi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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