How Olunga is Nurturing Football Talents in Kenya

Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga sings the Kenyan national anthem before the start of a match in the past.
Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga sings the Kenyan national anthem before the start of a match in the past.
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Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga is a star athlete and a philanthropist, touching lives on and off the football pitch.

The 28-year-old is currently identifying and nurturing young talents to elevate the football standards in Kenya.

Olunga, whose career was shaped at Liberty Sports Academy, has not forgotten where he came from, as some sports persons worldwide do.

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The Al-Duhail goal machine has started a sports academy known as Michael Olunga Football Academy (MOFA) in his home village of Othoro, situated in Homa Bay County.

The sports academy trains and mentors young individuals between the ages of 10 and 18.

Olunga recently visited some of the schools in the Western part of Kenya, including Kisumu Day High School and Wang’apala High School to look for opportunities for the teenagers who are under MOFA.

He discussed with the representatives from both learning institutions the possible admission of some of the players from the academy to their schools once they complete their post-primary education.

“Visited Kisumu Day High School, met the school administration and had discussions of a possible partnership between MOFA and the school.

“The discussion revolved around education and football. Thank you for the warm reception,” read his statement.

Olunga is currently in the country after the football league in Qatar was paused ahead of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Sunday, November 20.

The Upper Hill school alumni have featured for several clubs from different corners of the universe, including Tusker, Gor Mahia, Girona, Djurgårdens IF and Japanese-based side Kashiwa Reysol.

Apart from football, Olunga also took his education seriously and is one of the few sportspersons in the country who boasts of an engineering degree.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Geospatial engineering from the Technical University of Kenya (TUK).

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