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Michael Olunga makes Qatar Switch

Edwine Agesa




Kenyan striker Michael Olunga finally left Japan to join a club in Qatar. According to reports by Goal on Monday January 11, 2021 the striker left his Japan club Kashiwa Reysol to join a Qatari side.

The former Gor Mahia striker recently clinched the Golden Boot in the Japanese J-1 League after notching 28 goals from 32 matches while in the 2019 season, he finished with 27 league goals as Reysol ended the J2 season as champions, winning promotion to the first division.

Olunga joined Al-Duhail, the second team in the league standings in Qatar. Reports indicated that the deal was worth 7 million Euros an equivalent of Ksh890 million.

The former Gor-Mahia striker was pictured rocking the new uniform on the clubs website as he prepared to play his first game. Their next game is against league leaders Al Saad who lead the 12 team league.

Olunga was urged by former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech to join the club even if Kenyans thought it was not a good league.

“Join for the money, ” Oliech was quoted as advising the young striker. Olunga put pen to paper in a deal that will see him play for the club for the next 4 years.

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Al-Duhail formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club that plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium and is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.

They are currently sitting second on the 12-team table with 27 points from 13 matches, eight fewer than table-toppers Al Sadd, who are on 35 points.

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