Al Ittihad has confirmed that their star striker Emmanuel Okwi has been released for national duty. The Egyptian side took to their Twitter to confirm the release of their star striker who has so far scored 4 goals in his 14 appearances ever since he signed for them in 2019.
The statement released on their official Twitter page read, “The Ugandan international is leaving to join his country during the period from November 9 to November 17 to participate in a training camp and play matches against South Sudan in the qualifiers of the AFCON to be held in Cameroon.”
Okwi will now team up with the rest of Uganda national team players in the training sessions as coach McKinstry looks to prepare his side for the forthcoming Afcon qualifiers games against south Sudan.
Okwi first represented Uganda at the senior level in 2009. He went on to become the second top scorer at the 2010 CECAFA Cup, scoring four goals in five matches. The following year at the 2011 CECAFA Cup, he scored five goals and was joint top scorer alongside Rwanda’s Meddie Kagere and their captain Olivier Karekezi.
Other players who ply their trade from Egypt to join Emma Okwi in the national team include Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna FC), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha FC).
The 28-year-old striker has so far amassed over 20 goals foR the national team, and Coach McKinstry will be hoping his pacy winger can help him secure two wins against south Sudan come the 12th and 16th of November in matches that will be played at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende and Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.