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Mwendwa: Olunga made the right choice to sign for Al Duhail SC

Federation boss is happy to see ex-K’Ogalo striker seal transfer to Gulf of Kashiwa Reysol from Japan

Football Kenya The Federation (FKF) backed Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga’s latest move to sign for Al Duhail SC in Qatar.

The imposing striker officially made his debut at the new club on Monday after playing 65 minutes of their Qatar Star League match against Al Sadd, led by Xavi, where they lost 3-1.

News of Olunga moving to Qatar since JapanKashiwa Reysol from Kashiwa was discovered two weeks ago when a source close to the player confirmed Goal he was already negotiating with Duhail.

A week later, reports emerged in Japan that Kashiwa Reysol had already agreed to a transfer fee of € 7million (around Ksh890million) from the Qatari club for the former’s services. Gor Mahia striker.

While Duhail hasn’t officially revealed the player, he was thrown straight into the starting lineup on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, the move left Kenyans divided, as some praised while others believed Olunga should have moved to Europe instead.

As a result, FKF President Nick Mwendwa has now said Goal they have no problem with the attacker’s decision and all they can do is help the player achieve their goals.

“The choice Olunga made is personal and we have no problem with that,” Mwendwa said. Goal Wednesday.

“Our job as a federation is to make sure we give it the support it needs and we will provide the same.

“He’s been to a very good club, it’s a great team with famous players and we pray that many Kenyan players can follow in Olunga’s footsteps.

As to whether Olunga has told him about the imminent move from Japan to the Gulf, Mwendwa said: “No … he hasn’t spoken to me but he knows his life well, our job is just to support him and we wish him well. luck in his new station. “

In his debut, his team Duhail took the lead in the sixth minute when captain Almoez Ali dusted himself off after being fouled inside the box to convert from the penalty spot. , sending the keeper the wrong way.

Saad responded almost immediately as Baghdad Bounedjah leveled things off with a nice 14th minute finish and added the second in the 50th minute, before hitting home the third in the 87th minute for his hat-trick on the night.

Olunga got off to a good start in the first half, although he missed out on a glorious chance in the 20th minute when his thrown header went right off.

Soon after, he got involved again after creating space and beating three defenders in front of him, but his last shot was saved by the keeper.

Although he arrived in Qatar on Sunday, Olunga never looked tired or jet lagged as he was involved in all of the team’s offensive moves, and he almost got his first goal for the club after running. to hit a ball from Almoez, but a defender from Saad reacted quickly to hit the ball for an unsuccessful corner.

He was then retired in the 65th minute and will be hoping to win another start in his next league assignment.

The Harambee Stars will bet on the player as they chase their World Cup ticket and Africa Cup of Nations finals.

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