Emmanuel Okwi during the Uganda Cranes regional tour against Eastern select at Kamuli Park Municipal stadium

Uganda Cranes forward Emmanuel Okwi is reportedly close to finalizing a mooted transfer from Tanzanian side Simba SC to PSL side Kaiser Chiefs.

Emmanuel Okwi during the Uganda Cranes regional tour against Eastern select at Kamuli Park Municipal stadium

The want-away forward is said to have agreed personal terms and is set to sign a juicy three year deal.

Airtel Football has learnt that Simba SC officials initiated talks with the Soweto based side at the end of last month about the possibility of the player crossing over to South Africa.

Simba is reported to have turned down an opening offer of US$ 35,000 (approx. UGX 130 Million) but it is reported that the Soweto money bags upped their stake to US$ 100,000 (approx UGX 389 M) and both sides seem to have found a compromise.

His eye-catching performances for both his Simba employers and Uganda Cranes in 2018 meant that suitors were bound to suffice.

Okwi played starring roles as Cranes qualified for this year’s AFCON finals and was also pivotal as Simba won their domestic league title last year.

The striker joined Okwi first joined in Simba in 2010 from SC Villa at a fee estimated to be around US$ 40,000.

The club later sold him to Etoile Du Sahel (Tunisia) in 2013 but the deal lasted for a few months before parting ways in controversial circumstances.

The Tunisians had failed to clear the pending transfer and signing-on fees to Simba and Okwi.

FUFA cleared him to play for SC Villa on a temporary licence before crossing to Young Africans in 2013-14.

He later returned to Simba for the 2014-15 season before flying to Danish side SønderjyskE Fodbold in July 2015.

His stay there was meant to be for five years until 2020 but was cut short in mid-2017 because of performance.

The striker returned to SC Villa before crossing back to Simba where he scored 20 goals last season as they won the Tanzania Premier League.