Olunga bares it all on life in Sweden, Arsenal video

Michael Olunga after penning four-year Djurgården deal. [PHOTO: Djurgardens IF]

Former Gor Mahia striker and Harambee Stars striker, Michael Olunga, has given his first impressions on his new stomping ground in Sweden where he signed a four-year deal with Djurgårdens IF that features in the country’s top flight competition, the Allsvenskan.

Speaking to Citizen TV Sunday night on Skype, the reigning Footballer of the Year, the ‘Engineer’ as he was celebrated by Gor fans after firing them to the league title unbeaten last season said he was enjoying life in Scandinavia.

“Life is not bad, we are just soldering on. It’s a bit cold but all in all, we thank God for giving us life. I thank God for making me arrive in Sweden safely and getting the opportunity for signing for the club

“This is one of the biggest team here in Stockholm and to be sincere, my coach has assisted me a lot,” the forward who has struck twice for his new side outlined.

He then spoke of the video he supposedly sent to faltering English Premier League giants, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger that went viral when it was posted on the British Broadcasting Corporation website.

“For now I’m a Real Madrid diehard fan but I would love to play for Arsenal. About the video, the BBC journalists interviewed me in the off season.

“They came and have a talk with me and asked me what would I tell coach Wenger if given a chance. It’s not that I recorded myself but it was an interview.”

“I just said I feel I am the best player in Kenya with certain number of goals and if given the opportunity I will try my level best so as to reward his faith,” Olunga who has netted six times for national team Harambee Stars and he is in the provisional squad to face Guinea Bissau explained.

“For real, I didn’t know whether the video will go viral and that will be delivered to him but if he saw it it’s okay.”

And what does he miss most in Kenya?

“I really miss the weather. Here is a bit cold and the food is also different, I miss my friends who have been with me all through and not forgetting my family.

“It was not certain whether I had to remain in the club. I had a mission of trying my luck so when they heard I have been signed, they started asking when I will come back, but I hope the understand.”

Olunga sunk 19 goals for K’Ogalo to aid their record unbeaten season and finished second to former Tusker FC striker, Jesee Were who is now in Zambia with Zesco United in the race for the Golden Boot.

His new coach, Per Olsson, termed Olunga as a complete forward after he belted in his second goal for the club in a friendly tie against Aalesund of Norway in a friendly.


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