Former Harambee Stars striker, Dennis Oliech, has urged Michael Olunga to join Qatar and make money as he hits his career peak.
In an interview with Nation Sport, Oliech said that Olunga was no longer young and needed to make money before he retired.
Michael Olunga, off a brilliant season with Kashiwa Reysol in J League, has attracted attention from the Middle East.
He won the League’s MVP award, becoming the first African player to do so. He also ended as the league’s top scorer, with 28 goals in 32 games.
Reports last week indicated that the Kenyan International had drawn the Qatari side, Al Duhali SC’s attention. Duhali is the current champion of the Qatari league.
According to media reports, Reysol is ready to accept a Ksh 806 million from Duhali for Olunga. Once Reysol agrees with the bid, Olunga would only need to negotiate personal terms to seal the deal.
And Oliech has come out to encourage Olunga to make a move and make money.
“I encourage him to pick up these offers because he is 27 and not 22,” Oliech told the Nation, “He has about four or five years remaining at the top level. It is time for him to make good money.”
However, Oliech warned Olunga that it was not smooth sailing in the Middle East. Oliech had played in Qatar, too, turning up for Al Arabi. He played there for two years – between 2003-2005, and was a success during his stint there.
Indeed, Oliech impressed so much in Qatar that they offered him Qatari citizenship and Ksh 200 million money. Oliech, however, turned them down on their offer.
He warned Olunga that club owners would delay player salaries if performances dipped. The heat there was also very high. Thus, if he decided to move to Qatar, he needed to adapt fast to get going.
However, a section of Kenyan football fans feels like Olunga should try himself in the English Premier League. But Olunga has yet to attract attention from clubs in the English league.