NAIROBI, Kenya, January 22 – Newly signed Gor Mahia forward Michael Olunga says he is ready to do duty for the champions, as he seeks to fill the large shoes left by Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma.
Speaking to Capital Sport on Thursday, Olunga admitted that expectations are roof top at K’Ogalo, but maintains he will fit in well into the 14-time Kenyan Premier League Champions.
“Of course I know it is not an easy thing playing for a club such as Gor with the pressure that comes with it. Fans are demanding and the club itself demands results. I’m ready for the challenge, I believe in myself and I know I will make it,” Olunga stated.
The forward who played for Thika United last season scoring ten goals was set for a major move to the South African PSL with Supersport United, but the move could not go through as the club was non-committal on his requirement for a place in a University.
“When we negotiated the deal while I was there last year, one of the most important conditions I put up was that I should be enrolled in a university because I did not want to cut short my education. However, when the final deal came through, they were not clear as to whether they would provide that,” added the Technical University student.
He is seen as one of the runners to Sserunkuma’s throne and the lanky attacker is not afraid to lay siege on the crown of Gor’s best striker.
“Players are different and I cannot be exactly like Sserunkuma but what I can assure Gor fans is that I will do my job as a striker and that means scoring.”
He has put himself a target of playing in the European ranks in the next two years and he says playing for the defending champions will give him a stage to show exactly what he can do….. “Gor is a big team with a big following and definitely a bigger platform for you to be seen. I want to work very hard here and make a good mark. Probably in the next two years, I should be playing in Europe,” he noted.
The striker has been part of the National Under-23 team training at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani but he will be joining his club ahead of their coastal tour this weekend.
Olunga joined Tusker FC in 2013 for his first premier league experience after completing his high school education at Upper Hill School before moving to Thika last season where he made a huge mark for himself.
“I excelled in Thika because I got plenty of playing time. For a player, getting more time on the pitch builds your confidence and at this moment, I am very confident about myself. It was a great decision to move to Thika because as a player, I have improved a lot,” Olunga concluded.