Let Olunga Be!
Michael Ogada Olunga sealed a mega bucks move to Qatari champions Al Duhail
Michael Olunga celebrates after scoring for Harambee Stars
Harambee Stars srtiker Michael Ogada Olunga’s name is on everybody’s lips right now as his move to Qatari champions Al Duhail gets cast in stone.
He has worked his way up the ranks, right from his formative years as a student at Upper Hill School turning out for Liberty Sports Academy.
His first two loan spells at Tusker FC in 2013 and Thika United in 2014 were hardly anything to write home about.
Then came the third loan spell to Gor Mahia in 2015…things fell in place for the lad from Luck Summer. He scored a league leading 19 goals as Gor walked off with the Kenyan league title that season, unbeaten, for that matter.
A move out of the country was inevitable and in a span of four years between 2016 and 2020, Olunga has played in Sweden, Spain and Japan.
He has made an impact everywhere he has played…overcoming a slow start with Swedish side Djurgardens IF where he eventually scored 12 goals in 27 matches.
This earned him a move to Chinese Guizhou Zhichenh who loaned him out to Spanish La Liga side Girona. While his play time was limited, Olunga still left a mark in Spain, scoring a 22 minute hat trick as Girona beat Las Palmas 6-0 in January 2018. His feat made him the first Kenyan and Girona player to score a La Liga hat trick.
Japan, his last work station, proved to be fertile hunting ground. Three productive seasons that culminated in his claiming the top scorer’s gong with 28 goals in 32 matches during the 2020 season in the J-League with Kashiwa Reysol. He also became the first African player to claim the league’s MVP award.
Ok, he has decided to make the move to Qatar where he will feature for Al Duhail. This is something that has left many a Kenyan football fan questioning the move. We’ve got those questioning why he has chosen Qatar over Europe, the English Premier League in particular.
At 26, going on 27, Olunga and his handlers have his best interests at heart. If they had a gate-pass to the EPL or any other league being recommended by part of the Kenyan football fraternity, they would exploit it. Unfortunately, they don’t…and the best thing we can do is rally behind the Engineer as he embarks on this new journey in the Arabian Gulf…
Let Olunga Be!