By: ISAAC SWILA
On-demand Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga has said that he is in no rush to land a professional contract and any deal that he signs must factor in his education.
Following a stellar season that has seen the 21-year-old score 32 goals for club and country — 19 of them in the Kenyan Premier League — the lanky forward has drawn huge admiration from a host of clubs.
Olunga, who is on loan at Gor from Liberty Academy, has so far been courted by South African club Bidvest Wits and Tanzanian giants Azam, as well as a host of unnamed clubs in Europe. But in an interview with Nation Sport on Wednesday, he said that education remains key to him.
“I’m not in a rush to leave Gor Mahia,” Olunga said. “They (Gor) have shown interest in extending my contract and we will be talking at the end of the season because we still have some matches left.”
The third year geospatial engineering student at the Technical University of Kenya added: “I’m in no hurry to go abroad and any deal I sign must put emphasis on my education.
“As a student, I cannot be available to attend all training sessions because at times I have to attend classes and write exams.”
With his performances putting him at the centre of attention, Olunga is aware that fame must not get into his head, saying that should he venture abroad he will work hard.
“I know many Kenyan players have not been successful in South Africa but that does not mean I will fail there too,” he said. “I just have to be myself and work hard.
“If it’s a matter of succeeding, I can do it anywhere. Every player has his luck.”
Olunga’s manager, Jacob “Ghost” Mulee, said they will not let the rogue go-between men destroy the player’s promising career.
“There are many opportunists everywhere keen on pouncing and taking advantage of him but we will not allow that,” said the former Harambee Stars coach. “The opportunists are only keen on making money.”
SOURCE: DAILY NATION