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Michael Olunga leaves Japan’s Reysol for Qatari side, Al-Duhail

Kenyan International, Michael Olunga, has made his switch from Kashiwa Reysol to the Qatari side, Al Duhail in a high net deal.

According to reports, a leaked image from Al Duhail’s Instagram page showed the club unveiling Olunga. The news was by the Qatari media house, QSL News. The club, QSL said, would announce his arrival soon.

Straight into the field

QSL further claimed that Olunga could feature tonight against Al-Sadd. Al-Sadd is managed by former Barcelona player and living legend, Xavi Hernandez.

The deal to move Olunga from Reysol to Al Duhail is reported to have cost Ksh 800 million. Olunga has reportedly asked for twice the amount of money he was earning in Japan from the Qatari outfit. In Japan, he was earning Ksh 8 million.

Thus, he could end up making Ksh 16 million in Qatar. However, those claims are unsubstantiated.

Oliech’s advise

Olunga’s move comes just days after former Kenyan International, Oliech, advised him to seal the Qatari move. Oliech said that Olunga was no longer a fresh talent and thus, needed to look for ways to make money.

Oliech had played in Qatar during his playing time (2003-2005) and left an indelible mark in the Middle East nation.

Olunga joins a powerhouse

Olunga oversaw two brilliant seasons with Kashiwa Reysol after joining them in 2018. He finished their top scorer in 2019, helping them earn promotion into J-1 League from J-2. In J-1, he again sparkled, scoring 27 times in 32 games to win the golden boot and MVP Award.

Al Duhail, on the other hand, is a powerhouse in Qatar. They have won the Qatar league seven times in the last ten seasons. Since the 2010/11 season, they failed to win the league only in the 2012/13, 2015/16, and 2018/19 seasons. They are regular winners of the Qatar Cup too, winning it three times – 2013, 2015, and 2018.

With such a history then, Olunga is guaranteed premium trophies in Qatar after a trophyless season with Reysol.

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