Olunga’s move to Al Duhail SC could set him up for life – Williamson

The Scottish tactician insists he would have loved to see ex-K’Ogalo star play in England but he won’t, at least for now.

Ex-Kenya Coach Bobby Williamson says Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has decided to opt for Qatar instead of Europe could prepare him for a good life.

The 26-year-old striker left Kashiwa Reysol from Japan after two seasons in the country to sign for Al Duhail SC from Qatar, and made his debut on Tuesday as his team lost 3-1 to Al Sadd.

News of Olunga moving to Qatar emerged 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 seven million euros (around Ksh890m) from the Qatari club for the former’s services. Gor Mahia striker.

After making his debut on Tuesday, it was a clear indicator that the striker had opted against a move to Europe and his former coach at national team level has no issues with the transfer as long as it doesn’t affect its availability for international matches.

“People don’t know what he was offered, football is a short career if he went to Europe and had a career threatening injury he might be over,” said Williamson. Goal Wednesday, when asked if Olunga made the right decision to join the Qatar Stars League.

“We don’t know if he was offered anything in Europe, most of the top players who go to Qatar are usually near the end of their careers and are millionaires anyway, I don’t know how Michael [Olunga] will be paid?

“It’s none of my business, but I’m sure he’ll be pretty rich if he isn’t already, the Qatar team put their money where it is, and his club agreed.

“He should go because it could prepare him for life.

Williamson further said he would have loved to see former Thika United, Tusker, and Gor Mahia striker plays in the Premier League because he could have done it.

“We would all have loved to see how he fared in the English Premier League,” Williamson continued. “Personally, I know it would have been a success, but that option doesn’t seem open.

“I wish him the best wherever he goes as long as he is assured of being able to make international matches when Kenya needs him.

In his debut, Olunga played for 65 minutes and was a threat to Al Sadd’s defenders, his best chance to open the goal count coming in the 20th minute when his header threw a little wide.


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