The 2015 SportPesa Premier League player of the year Michael ‘Engineer’ Olunga finally penned a four-year deal with Swedish Allsvenskan side Djugåden on Wednesday to formally launch his European football career.
The developmental deal is said to be worth the region of eight to nine million shillings and shall allow Olunga to complete his Geospatial Engineering course at the prestigious University of Stockholm starting this August among other clauses.
Michael Olunga posing with club boss after signing the 4 year deal with Swedish Allsvenskan side Djugåden
Speaking after signing the deal, Olunga was delighted saying and I quote “For as long as I’ve been allowed to continue my studies, I haven’t lost anything. The agreement states that I be allowed to get acquainted with the harsh Swedish weather and their style of play this season, then give them my best from next season”
He will play with the number 17 jersey at his new club as he works towards earning a permanent contract or a move to a bigger European club.
Olunga was celebrated as KPL’s best player after leading Gor Mahia to a third successive title in an unbeaten run where he sunk 19 goals to finish as the runner-up Golden Boot winner.
This deal comes in the wake of poor results by Gor Mahia who have struggled to replicate the supper scoring pattern of last season in the absence of the prolific striker. On Wednesday Gor were held to a barren draw in their SportPesa KPL opener by Sony Sugar, their third successive match without a win after succumbing to defeats by Bandari in the DSTV Supper Cup season curtain raiser and humiliating home defeat to Madagascar side SNaPS, in the Africa Champions League preliminary first round leg.
Olunga’s replacement in Kogallo’s striking force Jacob Kelli and Jacques Tuyisenge are under pressure to fit into his boots, and if the results so far anything to go by, then Engineer Olunga will certainly be missed the entire season.