Michael Olunga misses out as Guizhou Zhicheng win in China

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Olunga missed his second match in a row and was not even on the substitutes’ bench in Zhicheng’s 4-3 win over Hebei

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga’s future in Chinese Super League is getting drearier with reports that he may force a move back to Europe.

Olunga, who moved to China from Swedish league early this year, has since been scrapped off Guizhou Zhicheng’s first team list after the Chinese league adopted the quota rule which allows only three foreign players in the 40-man squad.

Olunga's future with Chinese club was compounded by the arrival of Spanish duo Mario Suarez and Ruben Castro from Watford (England) and La Liga side Real Betis respectively.

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As a result, the former Gor Mahia striker and Egyptian Aly Ghazal were struck off the first-team list and relegated to the reserve squad.

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On Sunday, Olunga missed his second match in a row and was not even on the substitutes’ bench in Zhicheng’s 4-3 win over Hebei. Only three foreigners, new signings, Spanish duo of Suarez and Castro alongside Croatian, Nikica Jelavic took part in the match in line with foreign quota rule.

Olunga's representatives are already working on a plan to secure him a loan move away from China as he seeks more playing time. French Ligue 1 and Belgian First Division A, remain major targets for the towering player, though a number of teams within West Europe are also a possibility.

Guizhou Zhicheng are currently 10th on the log with 21 points after 18 rounds of matches.