Former SC Villa striker Emmanuel Okwi has officially been unveiled at Iraq Premier League side Ebril FC.
Emmanuel Okwi unveiled at Iraq’s Ebril FC
Emmanuel Okwi has joined the 7th club of his long career after signing for Iraq side Ebril FC- just days after he ended a brief stay at Zawraa.
The Cranes star joins the Ebril on a long-term deal after parting ways with another Iraq top-tier side Zawra FC.
The 30-year-old had joined Zwara in September last year following the expiry of his one-year contract with Rwanda Football League outfit Kiyovu SC.
Okwi was officially presented at the Franso Hariri Stadium on Wednesday alongside Iraq defender Hassan Ashoor, who signed from Al-Zawraa.
He participated in an open training session, which local media said was attended by thousands of fans.
Ebril FC are currently placed 15th on the Iraq Premier League table with 12 points from 12 games, and their upcoming match will be against Naft Al-Janoob.
Okwi started his professional career at SC Villa in 2008 before joining Simba Sports Club of Tanzania in 2009.
After four seasons with the Tanzanian outfit, the left-winger was snapped by Tunisian side Etoile Sportive du Sahel in 2018 before returning to Uganda to join his former club SC Villa.
In 2014, Okwi traveled back to Tanzania, where he signed a six-months contract with Young Africans Sports Club before making a second return to Simba.
A year later, he signed a five-year contract with Danish side Sonderjyske, which he terminated in January 2017 and returned to Simba for a third stint.
Following his impressive performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he scored two important goals that sent Cranes to the Round of 16, Egyptian Premier League club Ittihad of Alexandria signed Okwi on a two-year contract.
He parted with Ittihad of Alexandria in July 2021 and joined Rwanda Football League side Kiyovu Sport.
Okwi received his maiden call up to Uganda Cranes in 2009, where he debuted in the 2010 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.
The towering forward has since garnered 91 caps and scored 28 goals for the national team.
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