Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga, who scored a hat-trick against Botswana in the Olympics qualifiers has been touted as Kenya’s next great hope in the striking position. Former Harambee stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee touted Olunga as having the attributes needed.
“Olunga is good, strong and can link up with his team mates well. When given space he can be hard to deal with. He is also intelligent and technically gifted; I think Kenya has a gem here. I have watched him at Liberty and now at Gor Mahia, the boy is a talent,” said Mulee.
Stars coach Bobby Williamson was also effusive in his praise for Olunga.
“We missed Olunga in the first leg against Botswana, he usually gives us a different dimension when in the team, and I think it would have been different suppose he had played in all the two legs. He has an aerial threat and he motivates other players, he has the potential to be one of the lethal strikers,” added Williamson.
However those expecting Olunga to have the same impact Oliech had when he debuted in 2002 will need to have patient. Remember that the young Oliech almost single handedly carried Harambee stars to victory in the 2003 CECAFA cup and to qualification to the 2004 AFCON. He was a once in a generation talent. Olunga should not have to shoulder the pressure of being the next Oliech. However he is on course to being a good striker at national level. Soon after playing against Tusker in Kisumu on Saturday, he played in the Peace Cup in Rwanda and scored as Harambee stars won their second match 2-0
Other Gor Mahia players in international action include Dirkir Glay who has been called up by the Liberian national team coach James Debbah. Fans of that era will remember that when Kenya beat Liberia in a world cup qualifier in 1989, the key Liberia players were George Weah and James Debbah who has now called up Glay. And it was former Gor Mahia ace George Onyango “Fundi” who scored with a brilliant grass cutter as Kenya beat Liberia 1-0.
Khalid Aucho was also called up to the Uganda Cranes side that will play Gambia in an international friendly.
Gor Mahia are said to be pursuing Rwanda skipper Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza who has been a regular in the Rwanda national side.
“Gor Mahia is closing in on Mugiraneza who is a very experienced striker both for his club and country. We want to establish a team that would both the league and continental assignments that is why we sort the player because he fits in our plans,” the source who sort anonymity told supersport.com.
This is a surprising turn of events considering that earlier, Gor Mahia were said to be keen on re-signing Dan Sserunkuma.
Gor Mahia are also said to be close to signing Paul Were, the speedy former AFC winger who has been in South Africa for the past 6 months.
“It has been trying time for me in my time at South Africa. I found it rough and even in the last minute I had no money and my colleague at Amazulu Papy Fatty had to come to my assistance so that I could travel back home,” he added.
According to supersport, Were who recently returned home to Kenya has been negotiating with Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier hoping to get a shorter six month deal so as to improve his chances of going back abroad but the defending champions have insisted that he signs a one year deal.