Michael Olunga has moved to Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol after the expiry of his loan deal at Girona FC from Guizhou Zhicheng
Olunga crosses over to Japan
By Dan Ngulu | Fri 10 Aug, 2018 09:35

Kenyan international Michael Olunga has officially ended his short unsuccessful stint with Chinese side Guizhou Zhicheng and joined two – time Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol, ending weeks of speculation over his future.

The former Gor Mahia, Thika United and Tusker FC striker announced his move to the Asian nation via Instagram, with his post coming on the back of another by the club confirming his acquisition and reports indicate his move, on a three year deal is worth KShs 300m.

On loan at Girona

The striker spent the last year of his contract with Guizhou Zhicheng on loan at Spanish La Liga side Girona FC, where he scored three goals in the 2017/18 campaign.

A graduate of Liberty Academy, Olunga got the first taste of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) in 2013 after starring for Tusker U20 in the year’s KPL U20 tournament where Tusker got to the final before losing to Western Stima.

Breakout season

He moved to Thika United a year later and then his breakout season came in 2015 when he sealed a move to Gor Mahia and aided the team win the KPL title unbeaten and moved to Sweden afterwards, to join Djurgadens in 2016.

A series of good performances for the Swedish side saw Guizhou Zhicheng come for his signature but his stay there was not as successful.


Olunga's new team will hope to reap from his prowess as it has largely struggled in the season, placed 13th on the J1 League standings with 23 points from 20 league matches, having scored 23 league goals in the process and conceded 30.

Dan Ngulu

Twitter: @danodinga

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