Uganda record champions SC Villa have ultimately finished the loan signing of estranged Etoile du Sahel striker Emmanuel Okwi. The forward’s proposed loan move back home had made a dramatic twist after 2010 league champions Uganda Revenue Authority contested his move to Villa Park insisting they had a pre-agreement with the striker.
Officials from both clubs mediated by Okwi’s Ugandan agent Godfrey Kayemba were involved in tense meetings all weekend and the result was Okwi would play for SC Villa; “We looked at the whole situation and resolved it would be unfair if Emma (Okwi) did,n’t go to Villa Park,” Kayemba told RedPepper Online in a phone chat.
“Even FIFA released him to Villa so the fact that he was training with URA doesn’t bind,” he added.
At the beginning of October, the international football body FIFA has finally resolved that the striker could leave Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.
Okwi deserted the Tunisian top side five months ago after claiming they had failed to clear his balance of about $50,000 for the signing-on fee when he transferred from Tanzanian side Simba SC.
“FIFA has authorized FUFA to provisionally register Okwi with Sports Club Villa,” Rogers Mulindwa, the FA’s spokesperson said when our snoops confronted him.
In late August month Etoile du Sahel had written to FIFA insisting that the player was simply undisciplined and should return to the club.
But Mulindwa explained that on September 4th, FUFA submitted a formal request to FIFA for the delivery of an Electronic International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to Federation Tunisienne de Football through the transfer matching system.
Earlier on, Okwi had also lodged an official claim against the Tunisian club before the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for an alleged breach of contract.
FIFA later constituted a single judge of the players Status Committee, Geoff Thompson (England) who handled the matter.
Mulindwa further said the FA would immediately proceed to issue Okwi with a playing license to feature for SC Villa, the club he played for before moving to Tanzania’s Simba SC.
And Villa coach Steven Bogere seemed so excited with the final verdict; “I thank God for this chance to have Okwi in my team,” he frantically said to snoops. “With Okwi in your side the goals will not stop flowing. He is a great striker and the fans will love having him back,” he added.
And hopefully Okwi will beat his younger brother, 19 year-old Francis Olaki to the scoring rights on Tuesday at Kavumba when Villa visit Olaki’s Soana FC in the league. Olaki leads the scorers’ chart with 6 goals.