The exact amount Swedish giants IF Djurgardens parted with to get the services of 2015 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Most Valuable Player Michael Olunga has been revealed.
The 21-year-old striker completed his move by signing a four year contract on Wednesday 17 February, the deal costing the Stockholm based side a whooping US Dollars 167 019 (approximately Kshs. 16, 701, 900 million).
This has been confirmed to Soka by a reliable source from the club. On top of the millions, the club has agreed to fully pay for the player’s fees at Stockholm University to complete his Geospatial Engineering course that he had been undertaking at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) as well as compensating his academy, Liberty Sports.
“Michael The Engineer Olunga was signed from Liberty Sports Academy for a fee of 150.000 Euros with an extra clauses for future transfers of the player. Djurgadens have a personal agreement with Olunga to fully support his engineering studies and to pay for all his studies,” the source intimated to Soka in a chat from Stockholm, Sweden.
When reached for a comment, Liberty Sports Academy Director Jacob Ghost Mulee indeed confirmed that there is some good development fee from the deal.
“I woudn’t want to dwell there. Liberty has been there even without a sponsor. If you look at the amount Liberty has spent over the years is huge but as I said, money is not the only thing but of course there’s some good compensation for Liberty from the deal,” noted the former Tusker FC and Harambee Stars tactican whilst commending the player for the move he termed positive to his career.
“It’s a positive move, at least he has achieved his first dream he had at the age of 13 years. He has had a good progress since then, from Liberty to Tusker FC under Robert Matano then John Kamau at Thika United and made a daring move to Gor Mahia. I remember there’s a game he scored seven goals while at Liberty and we won 8 – 0. From there I knew he had the potential,"
“While at Upper Hill, he carried on with his exploits helping the school clinch the national schools title. When he moved to Gor Mahia, it was a big move and faced a bigger challenge, at first Nuttall (Frank) rejected him but Rachier (Ambrose) insisted that he sticks at the club. He was even played as a full back three at one time, he didn’t like it but with time he showed what he could do,"
“He is the one of the most disciplined players I have ever dealt with. This was his first time in Europe and he impressed. I am happy that finally he will get all the facilities in terms of development. He is a young player that needs more of that. Education wise the club will also take care of that and it's important for him,"
“Personally I don’t wish players good luck but always say, hard work pays. There was a lot of interest from a number of clubs, Raja Casablanca came in and a number of South African clubs but life is not about money, what matters is when the player is happy. Michael only performs when he is fully settled and that’s why the deal took long because he had to be comfortable. He will now enjoy his stay at the club” concluded Ghost.
In 2012, Olunga scored 32 goals to help Liberty earn promotion to Nairobi Provincial League and emerged the top scorer and best player at the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) national finals, his school, Upper Hill winning the title.
He moved to Tusker FC after completing his O-level studies and despite finding playtime hard to come by, he managed two goals before moving to Thika United in 2014 where he scored ten goals in all competitions. In 2015, he netted 39 goals in 68 appearances in all competitions.