Kenyan striker Michael Olunga is set to sign for Qatar side Al-Duhail SC. According to multiple reports, the Kashiwa Reysol hitman will join the Qatar Stars League in a deal close to 1 billion shillings.
The towering striker has been in great form for Kashiwa and is now set to shift base to Duhail where he is expected to fill the void left by Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic who left the club last year.
Olunga bagged the golden boot after scoring 28 goals in 32 matches this season. He earlier helped Kashiwa gain promotion to J-League 1 as his 27 goals enabled the side finish as champions in J-League 2.
Despite having a great year as a player, Olunga failed to get a silverware after his side went down 2-1 when they faced FC Tokyo on Monday in a J-League cup match.
Many football fans in Kenya hoped to see Olunga ply his trade in England or Spain (where he played for Girona) but it now looks like Qatar will be his next home. He has previously also played in China and Sweden.
Locally Olunga played for Thika United, Tusker FC and Gor Mahia.
Al-Duhail Sports Club, formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.
They are currently sitting second on the 12-team table with 24 points from 12 matches, eight fewer than table-toppers Al Sadd, who are on 32 points.