Kenyan striker Michael Olunga: Why I signed for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan

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The former Gor Mahia striker opted to sign for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan despite receiving several offers from top clubs in Europe

Kenyan striker Michael Olunga has revealed why he decided to leave Spain for Japan.

The former Gor Mahia striker opted to sign for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan despite receiving several offers from top clubs in Europe during the June window.

The deal to Reysol saw the towering Olunga end a loan spell with Spanish side Girona and also terminate contract with top Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng.

Olunga has warmly embraced his switch from La Liga to Japan, terming it as a new challenge. “As a player, I like new challenges and I wanted to test my ability in Japan. It is a good league that every player would love to play in.

Michael Olunga and Dennis Odhiambo of Harambee Stars.

    Michael Olunga in camp with Kenya

“I am looking forward to have a great time there. The fans are good and their reception is fantastic already. I am feeling at home and will work hard to score as many goals as possible because that is my work,” Olunga told Goal.

Olunga has already opened his account with Reysol after he came off the bench to score in a 5-1 win over Varen Nagasaki. “It was good to get my first goal as it gives me confidence going into the next match. I am also adapting well because they are good people, they want everyone to feel at home.”

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Olunga, who is currently in Kenya, is confident that Harambee Stars will get a positive result against Ghana. “Everyone is geared up. It’s unfortunate we lost the opening match, but now we have to focus on Ghana which is a vital game.

“Two teams can qualify from the Group and if we get a positive result against Ghana, then we can (qualify). We have to take Ghana head on and play the ball in their area. We can pull out something from the match.”

Olunga joined Reysol from Zhicheng for a reported Sh300 million transfer fee and is reportedly taking home Sh15 million in monthly salary package.

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