Youngsters from the Michael Olunga Football Academy (MOFA) have landed life-changing opportunities thanks to their talent.
The Oyugis-based academy released a statement on Monday, February 27, 2023, announcing that 12 of their stars had been granted educational scholarships by two learning institutions in Western Kenya.
In addition, an agreement is in place for others to join the academic powerhouse Agoro Sare High School.
"The Michael Olunga Football Academy (MOFA) has entered into a partnership with three schools in a move aimed at mentoring and developing future football players.
"The Academy entered into a partnership agreement with Academic and sporting giants Agore Sare Schoo (Homabay County), St Mary's School Yala (Siaya County) and Kisumu Day (Kisumu County) as a first move towards more such partnerships with other schools.
"According to Victor Olunga who is a brother to the star striker, the MOFA academy has eight players in St. Marys Yala and four players in Kisumu Day high school and is already in partnership with Agoro Sare School as they continue looking for like-minded schools to partner with," part of the statement from MOFA read.
The budding footballers will have an opportunity to learn as they continue to sharpen their footballing skills.
Apart from training footballers between the age groups of under 10 to under 18, the academy also runs a MOFA FC, a club which competes in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) National Division One League.
Olunga has invested heavily in the project since he is a product of such initiatives.
The career of the Harambee Stars captain, who is currently playing professional football at the Qatari giant’s Al Duhail, was nurtured at the Nairobi-based Liberty Sports Academy.
Moreover, apart from being one of the clinical forwards in Africa, Olunga was also a sharp student in school.
He excelled in his secondary school examination before proceeding to the Technical University of Kenya (TUK), where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in geospatial engineering.