NAIROBI, September 2- Gor Mahia top scorer, Michael ‘Engineer’ Olunga reportedly passed his trials at South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Bidvest Wits, but negotiations on a potential transfer will only be done at the end of the SportsPesa Premier League season.
Olunga, 21, returned to the country and took his place in national team Harambee Stars squad that will play 2012 AFCON champions, Zambia on Sunday on Tuesday.
“Yes, he passed his trials at Bidvest Wits but will play for Gor until the end of the season. There were no negotiations for his transfer at this time,” former Stars head coach, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee who unearthed his talent at Liberty Academy told Capital Sport on Wednesday.
Olunga was missing from the K’Ogalo squad that beat Bandari 2-1 last Saturday in Mombasa to maintain their unbeaten run in the top-flight as they close in on a third successive domestic title.
Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi was the hero when his brace silenced the dockers to push K’Ogalo to 62 points at the top of the standings, requiring only six from the same number of fixtures to be confirmed champions.
Olunga has plundered 15 league goals this season and starred for Kenya’s under-23 side that narrowly lost their 2016 Olympics qualifier on away goals to Botswana after notching a hat-trick in the return leg.
League top scorer, Jesse Were of Tusker returned a week earlier from the same university outfit after he failed at his trials at the PSL side when he suffered a concussion; with the club saying the door was open for a return at the end of the season.
The two forwards will compete with record scorer, Dennis Oliech, for a starting berth on Sunday when Kenya hope to take command of Group E of 2017 AFCON qualifying by beating the fancied Chipolopolo.
Former AFC Leopards’ star, Jacob Keli, who plays for Zambia’s Nkana FC, is also challenging for a slot in the forward line.
Kenya lead the group by virtue of their 1-1 away draw to Congo Brazzaville after Zambia played to a goalless home draw with minnows Guinea Bissau.