Former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga has scoreda major milestone in his career. Swedish side Djurgården has signed him to a four year contract. Olunga was elated at the development.
“I am very happy things have been finalised and I am officially a Djurgården player after successful trials. I was very impressed with the reception I got in the team and I promise to give them my best in all the matches.” After getting the opportunity the job of delivering starts immediately as I have to score those goals as required,” Olunga told supersport.com.
It goes to show that Gor Mahia as a club is a very good platform for a player who wants to showcase his skills to European scouts. Olunga follows in the footsteps of George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who signed a four year contract with Danish side FC Randers in 2010. Olunga is different in that he has the technical skills and tactical awareness that are required by European sides.
Even sports director Bosse Andersson is impressed with Olunga’s technical skills.
“We are very happy, he has impressed us, he has incredibly good characteristics,ts director.
He has an extreme ability to score, he will go a long way as a footballer, says Bosse Andersson.
Anderson is also impressed with Olunga’s personal motivation.
“He has huge potential, he has high standards for himself. It will be a pleasure to work with the engineer. We have had a good dialogue with his club (Liberty Academy ). This is a long-term solution, it is important that he gets to feel safe with us, says Bosse Andersson.
Anderson thinks that Olunga’s hard work and focus will take him to the biggest leages in Europe.
“He is very ambitious and focused, he trains hard and always wants to learn and take the next step. Then I think he made a fantastic impression as a person both on and off the pitch. His development potential is huge and the low pressure environment of our Djurgården club will allow him to develop into a striker for the biggest leagues in Europe. It is his goal of Michael and he has the characteristics required for it.
Video of Olunga’s goal against Aalesund
One of the technical skills that Olunga has that is required for a player to pass trials in Europe is the ability to shoot accurately and effectively with both feet. Here scores a spectacular goal with his left foot which is his weaker foot.
Olunga will complete his engineering studies in Stockholm
Post Match Interview
A much more relaxed Michael Olunga answered questions from the media after the match.
Reporter: Olunga are you yourself looking forward to becoming a blue-striped player?
Olunga: I think I am ready to sign on anytime. It feels good. I want to evolve and take Djurgården to the next level. It will be an honor to represent this club,
Reporter: Tell us about the goal you scored
Olunga: It’s all about training. We have been training with Hugo (Berggren, assistant coaches) and he has invited me to shoot.
– The best way to present yourself in front of such a crowd is to score, so when I came to the game, I knew I needed to do something. I thank God and everyone who has supported me. Bosse Andersson and all of this has been received me very well and I feel at home.
Reporter: Your goal, it is a typical Michael Olunga goals?
Olunga: Yes, it is a typical Michael Olunga goals (laughs). I make such goals, but as long as the ball goes into the net, no matter how neat it is. But this was neat, complete striker.