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The federation chief is happy to see the former K’Ogalo forward seal a transfer to the Gulf from Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol
The Kenya Football Federation (FKF) has supported the latest decision by Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga to join Qatar’s Al Duhail SC.
The towering forward made his official debut for the new club on Monday after playing 65 minutes of his Qatar All-Star League game against Xavi-led Al Sadd, losing 3-1.
News of Olunga’s transfer to Qatar from Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol came to light two weeks ago when a source close to the player confirmed to objective he was already negotiating with Duhail.
A week later, reports emerged in Japan that Kashiwa Reysol had already accepted a seven million euro (roughly Ksh890m) transfer fee from the Qatari club for the services of the former Gor Mahia striker.
While Duhail hasn’t officially revealed the player, he was released directly into the starting lineup on Tuesday.
However, the transfer left Kenyans divided, as some praised it while others thought Olunga should have moved to Europe.
As a result, FKF President Nick Mwendwa has now said objective They have no problem with the forward’s decision and the only thing they can do is help the player achieve his goals.
“The choice Olunga made is a personal one and we have no problem with her,” Mwendwa said. objective on Wednesday.
“Our job as a federation is to make sure we give it the support it needs and we will provide it.
“He has moved to a very good club, it is a great team with renowned players and we pray that many Kenyan players can follow in Olunga’s footsteps.”
On whether Olunga spoke to him about the imminent move from Japan to the Gulf, Mwendwa said: “No… he did not speak to me but he knows his life well, our job is only to support him and we wish him the best in his new season.”
On his debut, it was his team Duhail who took the lead in the sixth minute when captain Almoez Ali dusted himself off after being fouled inside the penalty area to convert from the penalty spot, sending the keeper down the wrong path.
Saad responded almost immediately when Bagdad Bounedjah leveled things with a good shot in the 14th minute and added the second in the 50th minute, before scoring the third in the 87th minute for his hat-trick of the night.
Olunga got off to a strong start in the first half, although he missed a glorious opportunity in the 20th minute when his header went wide.
Not long after, he got involved again after he created space and beat three defenders in front of him, but his last shot was stopped by the keeper.
Despite arriving in Qatar on Sunday, Olunga never seemed tired or jetlagged as he was involved in all of the team’s attacking plays, and nearly got his first goal for the club after he ran to touch an Almoez pass at home. , but a Saad defender reacted quickly to knock the ball out for an unsuccessful corner.
He was then retired in the 65th minute and will hope to get another start in his next league assignment.
The Harambee Stars will bet on the player as they pursue their ticket to the World Cup Finals and the African Cup of Nations.