Uganda’s SC Villa Let Okwi Leave For Simba FC

URA's Joseph Owino and Kenyan international Julius Owino have been cleared to join Simba FC as the club strengthen their squad before the new season kicks off next month.
Sports Club Villa have agreed terms with Tanzanian giants, Simba FC for lead striker Emma Okwi to move to the Tanzanian club for a transfer figure of about $5000.

Ugandan football's governing body, FUFA, has already issued an international transfer certificate (ITC) for Okwi to star for Simba.

According to the New Vision, FUFA chief executive Edgar Watson has confirmed that he has signed an ITC allowing Okwi and Uganda Revenue Authority's (URA) Joseph Owino to move to Tanzania.

Okwi scored 16 league goals last season, and was expected to fetch a bigger sum of money but Villa secretary, Edward Luyimbazi, insisted that they had got a good deal.

“He is cleared now. The agreement is that Simba will also give us 30 per cent of the proceeds if they sell the player to another club,” Luyimbazi revealed.

Luyimbazi further revealed that Villa are close to an agreement with Yanga FC for winger Steven Bengo to move to the Tanzania mainland champions.

Meanwhile URA's chairman, David Serebe, has confirmed that they have also agreed terms with Simba for defensive kingpin Julius Owino.

URA coach, Moses Basena is reportedly unhappy with Owino’s move, saying that it is going to be difficult for him to replace the defender.

URA hope to sign Derrick Walulya from Bunamwaya but the coach said that it would take time for him to step into Owino’s shoes.

The Ugandan transfer window will be open until the end of the month. Villa, Express, KCC and URA are set to be very active following departures of key players to the international market.

James Momanyi, Goal.com