DONE DEAL: Olunga completes Al Duhail move

DONE DEAL: Olunga completes Al Duhail move
Michael Olunga of Kenya

by Helder Ribiero

Sunday Jan 17, 2021. 15:00

Kenya international Michael Olunga has completed his transfer to Qatari giants Al Duhail SC.

The towering centre forward has joined the Red Knights on a three-year contract from Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol for a reported transfer fee of €7 million.

Al Duhail made a move for Olunga, 26, after he impressed with his goalscoring exploits in Japan where he scored goals with ease.

The former Girona player remarkably scored 28 goals in 32 J1 League matches during the 2020 season which saw him scoop the league’s Golden Boot award.

The Red Knights released the following statement on their official website:

“The Kenyan professional Michael Olonga the new team’s professional began his journey with the first team by participating in Al Sadd match in the QNB Stars League , which was held last Tuesday evening in the 14th round,” a club statement read.

“The club’s management had succeeded in signing a contract with the top scorer in the Japanese League, with a professional contract for three seasons, coming from Kashiwa Reysol.”

“The Kenyan player born in 1994, is one of the main players in the Japanese league and will be an important addition to the team that awaits its first participation in the club world cup next February.”

Olunga has joined former Morocco captain Medhi Benatia at Al Duhail as they compete for the Qatari Stars League title.

The Nairobi-born player was named J-League 2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and he is the first African player to win the accolade.

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