Michael Olunga: From Trekking to Stadiums to Ksh60 Million Monthly Salary

Michael Olunga
Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga celebrates a goal for his club Al Duhail against Al Rayyan in the Qatar Stars League on Saturday, February 6, 2022

When Harambee Stars captain, Michael Olunga started football, he used to trek for close to 20 kilometres because he could not afford the Ksh50 bus fare. 

Olunga grew up in a rough neighbourhood known as Lucky Summer, in Nairobi and would occasionally walk from Baba Dogo to City Stadium. 

At the age of 21, Olunga went to the extent of recording a clip where he was asking the then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to consider him for his team. 

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Even though he did not catch Arsenal's attention Olunga has come to grab headlines in Sweden, China, Spain and Japan. 

Currently Olunga earns around Ksh60 million a month following his move to Qatari club Al-Duhail star. 

Olunga joined Swedish side Djugarden from Gor Mahia in January 2016, where he netted 12 goals in the Allsvenskan to finish as the club’s top scorer in his debut season. 

While playing for Spanish side Girona in January 2018, Olunga made history as the first Kenyan to score a hat-trick in his team's 6-0 win over Las Palmas.  

The prolific striker is also the only Kenyan player to score a brace at the Africa Cup of Nations, with his two goals against Tanzania in their 3-2 win at the AFCON 2019 in Egypt. 

Also, in the 2019/2020 season, he became the first African to win the J1 League Most Valuable Player award and the Golden Boot after scoring 28 goals. 

The Kenyan international still continues with his goal scoring prowess as he is currently the league with 23 goals.

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