OLIECH: Olunga’s move to Japan and Qatar was ill advised

Dennis Oliech has stated that Michael Olunga’s move to Japan and subsequently to Qatar may have been ill advised.

Speaking to popular host Jalang’o, Oliech stated that the move from Spain’s top flight Girona to Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol may have ended his chances of ever playing in Europe again.

Olunga signed for Reysol, who were in the 2nd tier of Japanese football at the time, after a short sting with La Liga side Girona where he was out on loan from Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng.

Olunga’s exploits at Reysol saw his side promoted to the top flight.

According to Oliech, Olunga would have been better off moving to another Spanish side even one playing in the lower leagues as he would have had more visisbility in Europe.

Oliech himself played in Europe for most of his playing career and said that he regretted moving from French Ligue 1 Ajaccio to Dubai CSC at 28 as it meant his playing career in Europe was over.

At 27, it may be hard for Olunga to break back into European football but his form continues to show regularly scoring for his new side, something which may prove advantageous going forward.

Asked whether he advised Olunga before the move, Oliech said that he was not aware of the move untill it happened and that had he known he would have.

Oliech and Olunga are some of the best strikers to have represented Kenya and both have played for Gor Mahia, though at different times with Olunga playing for Gor early on in his career while Gor was Oliech’s last club to represent.

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