Olunga’s Qatar move perfectly timed, says Mulee


Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga during morning training session at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on ...
Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga during morning training session at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 22, 2017. Kenyan national team trains ahead of their double-header international friendlies against Uganda and DRC Congo on March 23, and 26, 2017 respectively. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee says Michael Olunga’s exit from the Japanese league was perfectly timed
  • The Harambee Stars striker last weekend joined Qatar’s Al Duhail from Kashiwa Reysol, just a few days after claiming the J1 League Most Valuable Player and the Golden Boot for the concluded season

Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee says Michael Olunga’s exit from the Japanese league was perfectly timed.

The Harambee Stars striker last weekend joined Qatar’s Al Duhail from Kashiwa Reysol, just a few days after claiming the J1 League Most Valuable Player and the Golden Boot for the concluded season.

Ghost feels the move is not only beneficial to Olunga whose transfer is believed to be in the region of Sh800 million, but for Kenya as a whole.

“Olunga is a big ambassador for the country. When he went to Sweden everyone was talking about him. He has done so well in Japan and it was good for him to leave while at the peak and find a new challenge. He now goes to fly Kenya’s flag in Qatar.”

In the perspective  of Harambee Stars, Mulee says the move is significant too.

“When he is coming for the national team duties it will be much easier for him. You need four hours from Qatar to Nairobi as opposed to Japan where he used to fly to about 19 hours.

“With the World Cup coming to Qatar next year, he should be a big motivation to his teammates too to qualify and play in an environment he will be familiar with in many ways by virtue of playing there,” added Ghost.

Olunga clocked 65 minutes in his debut against Champions Al Sadd, as his side fell 3-1 on Tuesday.

The second placed Duhail next assignment will be on Tuesday against SC Qatar, who are fourth in the Qatari topflight, looking to reduce their 11-point gap with Sadd.

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