Kenyan international Michael Olunga has been unveiled as a player at Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol.
The 24-year-old sealed a bumper move to the J1 League club following a fairly OK loan spell at Spanish La Liga side FC Girona.
Kashiwa are believed to have forked out €2.6 million (approximately Ksh. 300 million) to buy out the lanky striker’s remaining contract at Chinese parent club Guizhou Zhicheng who he joined in January 2017.
Liberty Academy, Thika United and Gor Mahia are some of the local clubs who are expected to get a bite of the transfer fees, having played a part in the player’s development at some stage.
The former Gor Mahia ace scored twice in his Girona debut in a friendly then went on to make 16 competitive appearances (14 in La Liga and a further 2 in Copa del Rey)scoring three goals which came in the form of a hat-trick against Las Palmas in a 6-0 demolition on January 13, 2018.
Olunga, the first Kenyan and Girona FC player to score a La Liga hat-trick, opted for a three-year deal with Kashiwa who beat off competition from Belgian and Turkish clubs who were also interested.
He will reportedly earn anything in the region of Ksh 15 million per month. That figure makes him Kenya’s second best paid footballer behind international teammate, Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama who takes home at least Ksh. 8.9 million a week (!!!) as revealed here.
Kashiwa have been playing in the Japanese topflight since 2011 and have won the title twice. They finished 4th last year with 62 points, 10 behind champions Kashiwa Frontale.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)