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 24)[2]
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 SC Villa 40 (13)
2010–2013 Simba
2013 Étoile du Sahel 1 (0)
2013 SC Villa
2013–2014 Young Africans
2014–2015 Simba
2015–2017[3] SønderjyskE 4 (0)
National team
2011– Uganda 42 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:10, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (born 25 December 1992) is a Ugandan professional football player who plays as a striker for the Uganda national football team. He played football as a boy while at St. Henry's College Kitovu. In July 2015, he signed a five-year contract with the Danish Supaliga club, SønderjyskE Fodbold.[4]

Club career[edit]

Okwi played for Ugandan Super League club SC Villa before joining Tanzanian team Simba S.C. for US$40,000.[5]

In January 2013, Tunisian team Étoile du Sahel signed Okwi for a Tanzania record transfer fee of US$300,000.[6] 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[7] although the clearance was changed two months later so he could play for Young Africans S.C.,[8] despite Simba S.C.'s protests.[9]

Okwi rejoined Simba S.C. in August 2014 under a six-month contract, explaining that Young Africans S.C. had terminated his contract[10] by failing to pay the US$50,000 owed to him.[11] Okwi refused to play the last five games of the 2013-14 season for Young Africans S.C. because of the payment controversy.[11] Young Africans S.C. vigorously protested the transfer to Simba S.C. and claimed that the contract was still in effect.[11] The Tanzania Football Federation rejected that claim in September 2014.[12]

In July 2015, SønderjyskE Fodbold signed Okwi under a five-year contract,[13] with the consent of Simba S.C.,[14] that will last until 2020.[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]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Uganda's goal tally first.

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. He was once accused of witchcraft while playing in Tanzania because of his hairstyle.[18]


  1. ^ "Emmanuel Okwi profile". Soccer Way. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Emmanuel Okwi profile". FIFA. FIFA. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ SønderjyskE ophæver med Okwi‚ bold.dk, 17 January 2017
  4. ^ "Emmanuel Okwi handed 5 year contract at Danish Club SønderjyskE Fodbold". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Emma Okwi set to join Orlando Pirates in a record transfer". Kawoko Sports. 2012-06-22. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Okwi joins Etoile du Sahel". Super Sport. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Tanzania's Simba claims to 'own' Okwi", New Vision, authored by James Bakama, accessed 11 July 2015
  8. ^ "Okwi Delighted After Fifa Clearance", RedPepper, 14 February 2014, accessed 11 July 2015
  9. ^ "Kiiza – FIFA Cleared Okwi Move To Tanzanian Club", RedPepper, authored by Stephen Muneza, 20 December 2013, accessed 11 July 2015
  10. ^ "EMMANUEL OKWI’S SIMBA SC SHARES SPOILS WITH YOUNG AFRICAS IN TANZANIAN DERBY", Kawowo Sports, 19 October 2014, accessed 11 July 2015
  11. ^ a b c "Yanga pull plug on Okwi deal", In2EastAfrica, accessed 11 July 2015
  12. ^ "Tanzania: Counsel - Okwi Ruling Set Precedence", Daily News, 10 September 2014, via allAfrica.com, accessed 11 July 2015
  13. ^ "Emmanuel Okwi handed 5 year contract at Danish Club SønderjyskE Fodbold". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Okwi Signs Five Year Contract With Sonderjyske Of Denmark", UGO News, 10 July 2015, accessed 11 July 2015
  15. ^ soenderjyske.dk http://www.soenderjyske.dk/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Mubiru, Abdallah (2010-12-13). "Tanzania are CECAFA champions". New Vision. Uganda. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  17. ^ Mugabe, Bonnie (2011-12-11). "Third time unlucky". The New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  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. 

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