Tunisians Get Tough On Okwi

Emmanuel Okwi
Emmanuel Okwi

Tunisian league side Etoile du Sahel has denied Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi a move to another club.

The striker deserted the club over five months ago and claimed they failed to clear part of his transfer fees.

“Okwi’s issue is very complicated because he cannot play for any club now unless he goes back to Etoile du Sahel,” Edgar Watson, the Uganda FA chief Executive officer said.

Watson told sources that a private lawyer acting on behalf of Okwi had written to the world governing body, FIFA complaining about Etoile du Sahel holding on to the player yet they have failed to clear balance on the transfer fees.

“But the club reportedly wrote back and denied this, saying the player was in-disciplined and will not be released,” explained the FA official.

The former SC Villa striker transferred from top Tanzanian side Simba FC for a reported US$300,000 in February, but the player only stayed in Tunis for ten weeks.

Early this month another agent Ed Stoner said he was close to negotiating with Etoile du Sahel to release Okwi on loan to a European club.

The player said three weeks ago that there is no way he will return to Etoile du Sahel because they had failed to fulfill their contractual obligations.

“They need to first pay what belongs to me because they did not complete the sign on fee when I moved from Tanzania’s Simba SC,” said Okwi.

When contacted, the player only said he is tired of this issue. The Ugandan striker will now wait for the FIFA Players’ Status Committee to sit and handle his issue.

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