Striker Okwi Gets Green Light to Join Tanzania's Yanga FC

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Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has finally given green light to Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi to play for Tanzania Mainland league defending champions Yanga SC.

Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has finally given green light to Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi to play for Tanzania Mainland league defending champions Yanga SC.

This is after the Tanzania Football Federation [TFF] objected to his move from arch rivals Simba SC stating that rules were not followed in his transfer process.
 
TFF's Secretary General Celestine Mwesigwa confirmed the development that the governing body has already written to the body to explain that Okwi was free to play for Yanga.

The 22 year old striker joined Yanga on a two and a half year contract from SC Villa in December but the Tanzanian football federation (TFF) blocked his transfer seeking clarification from FIFA about his move to Yanga.

"The Legal, Ethics and Players' Status Committee which met in Dar es Salaam decided to suspend Okwi's registration after learning that SC Villa of Uganda were granted a provisional permit by FIFA," TFF Information Officer Boniface Wambura  said recently.

"Okwi, who has an outstanding quarrel with Etoile du Sahel, was issued a six-month provisional permit by FIFA to play for SC Villa so that he can maintain his standard while it works on his case," he added.

Okwi left Etoile in June 2013 alleging the Tunisian club of breaching his contract by failing to pay his sign on fee mounting to USD 10,000.

 However, six months down the road, Okwi decided to walk away and returned back to Uganda, claiming that Etoile du Sahel breached his contract.

Simba, on the other hand, had also petitioned to TFF, claiming that they have not received the agreed USD 300,000 transfer fee from the Tunisian club according to Simba chairman Ismail Aden Rage who insisted they still have unresolved claims concerning the player's transfer fees when they sold him to Etoile Du Sahel and they had since petitioned the matter to FIFA.

Okwi was reportedly sold to Etoile du Sahel by Simba on a fee worth $300,000 (about 750m/-) in January 2013 and had signed a three year deal.

"I have never received my sign-on fee from Etoile du Sahel as I was promised and my salary was defaulted on, too", Okwi said then and the status has not changed.

In retribution, Etoile took the matter to FIFA accusing Okwi of desertion from duty without permission but the soccer governing body later allowed Okwi to feature for SC Villa on a six month contract in September last year.

Okwi , who dons jersey number 25 at Yanga, played six games at SC Villa.  Before his registration suspension, the pacy striker had scored three goals for the club in their pre season.