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Olunga’s mouth-watering Ksh930m deal with Qatari club

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  • The Kenya international had a successful career in J-1 league, Japan.
  • Dennis Oliech advises him to go through his Qatar contract with a fine tooth comb.

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga is on his way from Japan club Kashiwa Reysol to Qatar’s Al Duhail SC.

The four-year deal is reportedly worth 7million Euros (Ksh930million). “He has already arrived in Qatar and what remains now is for him to be unveiled,” sports website Goal writes.

“He has discussed everything including contractual terms and he is happy to move to the Gulf after almost three years in Japan.”

Leaked photographs shows Olunga in a Al Duhail jersey.  According to QSL News, the striker could feature today against rivals Al-Sadd.

Olunga has had a prolific career at Kashiwa Reysol.

Last year, he was crowned the J-1 league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Olunga scored 28 goals in the season, shoring up his team to a seventh-place finish. “I want to thank God for this opportunity and blessings throughout this season,” he said.

Olunga played 32 games for Kashiwa Reysol in the 2020 J1 season. Besides the MVP, he also won the Golden Boot. It was the first time in the history of the league that an African player has won the MVP.

Michael Olunga
Olunga celebrates a goal with (former) team mates at Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol. “Make money before legs tire,” Dennis Oliech has advised him. PHOTO/COURTESY

Former Kenya international Dennis Oliech has encouraged Olunga to makre the move, saying “It is time for him to make good money.” Oliech played in Qatar with Al Arabi before moving to France.

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 “I haven’t talked to him [Olunga] but heard he has another good offer from Qatar,” Oliech is quoted as saying. “I encourage him to pick up these offers because he is (almost) 27 and not 22. He has about four or five years remaining at the top level. It is time for him to make good money.”

Oliech, nicknamed by fans “Dennis the Menace” for his dribbling skills around the goal mouth added: ““It is very hot over there (Qatar) and he will have to adapt fast.”

In an interview with the Daily Nation Sports, Oliech also advised Olunga to read his contract with a fine tooth comb. “When I was there, most club owners would delay the salary of a player when his performance dipped, there wasn’t much world-class management.”

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