Uganda Cranes forward Emmanuel Okwi took his tally with the national side to 26 goals when he netted the opener against Malawi on Sunday afternoon during the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Together with Fahad Bayo who scored in the second half, they helped the East African side win their first game of the campaign in Kampala following a goalless draw in Ouagadougou with Burkina Faso four days ago.
His haul of 26 goals is the best of the current crop of the Cranes fold, and he is well in line of catching the all time scoring record.
Records place the highest scorer for the Cranes at 44 goals, scored by legend Majidu Musisi (RIP). Despite Okwi being in touching distance of the record, the striker feels the team’s general performance takes precedence over his personal ambitions.
“Obviously my main objective is to help the team as much as I can in every game to achieve what we want,” Okwi told football-256.
“Like today I am ecstatic and happy that I helped my team to win. We wanted this victory to push us to four points and we got it.”
The closest record to Okwi’s record is 22 goals and it’s held by former striker Geoffrey Massa. When asked if he has a certain number of goals in mind before he hangs up his boots, he explained that records are not in his thoughts.
“I don’t think you wake up and say, I want to set a certain record. But, as players, as scorers, we just have to work hard, be positive in every game and if we get the goals and records well and good.”
It has taken Okwi a decade to reach his current mark and you wouldn’t bet against the Al Ittihad forward adding more to his tally.