Olunga with Girona in 2017
|Full name||Michael Olunga Ogada|
|Date of birth||26 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2012–2016||Liberty Sports Academy||?||(32)|
|2013||→ Tusker (loan)||15||(3)|
|2014||→ Thika United (loan)||26||(9)|
|2015||→ Gor Mahia (loan)||27||(19)|
|2017–2018||→ Girona (loan)||14||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 January 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:33, 28 June 2019 (UTC)
Early career and Gor MahiaEdit
While still a student at the Upper Hill School, Olunga began his career with the Liberty Sports Academy in the Nairobi County League. He scored 32 goals for the side during the 2012 season, helping them finish the season unbeaten and earn promotion to the Nairobi Provincial League. He made headlines when he scored seven goals in a single match helping his team to an 8–0 win.
After finishing the 2013 season with two goals for Tusker, Olunga was loaned to fellow Premier League side Thika United for another year, before joining Gor Mahia before the beginning of the 2015 season. He finished the season as the club's top scorer in the league with 19 goals to help the side win a record 15th league title without losing a single match, including the second goal in a 2–0 win over Muhoroni Youth on their final league match of the season.
On 17 February 2016, Olunga joined Swedish side Djurgårdens IF on a four-year contract, after joining the team's pre-season training camp on trial. He scored his first two goals for Djurgården on 8 August 2016 against IFK Göteborg in a 3–1 win. He was also named man of the match and Djurgården coach Mark Dempsey praised him for his match winning heroics. In the next match Olunga scored once again in the 2–2 draw versus IF Elfsborg at the Tele2 Arena. On 27 August, he scored the match-winning goal against Gefle with a volley in the 86th minute. In the last 12 games of the Allsvenskan Olunga scored 12 goals which earned him a fifth place in the Allsvenskan top scorer table. He was nominated for Newcomer of the year in Swedish football by a jury of Allsvenskan coaches and Swedish journalists as well as the coaches of the Swedish national teams. The prize later went to Alexander Isak.
On 10 November 2016, Kenyan football site Soka reported that Djurgården had turned down offers on Olunga from La Liga side Betis, Lokeren, Belgium champions Club Brugge and Swedish champions Malmö FF.
In 2017, Olunga joined Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng.
On 1 September 2017, Olunga was loaned to La Liga side Girona FC, for one year. On 13 January 2018, he made his La Liga debut against Las Palmas scoring a hat-trick in the span of 22 minutes during a 6–0 win, becoming both the first Kenyan player and the first Girona player to score a hat-trick in La Liga.
On 10 August 2018, Olunga joined Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol. He made his league debut in a 2–0 loss to Júbilo Iwata on 19 August 2018. He scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 league victory over V-Varen Nagasaki on 25 August.
Olunga made his debut for the Kenya national team in a friendly against Seychelles at the Stade Linité in Victoria on 28 March 2015. He scored his first goal for the Harambee Stars in a friendly against South Sudan which resulted in a 2–0 win. On 27th July 2019,during the 2019 AFCON Olunga scored a double to complete a comeback against Tanzania.The first which was the equalizer,was a spectacular overhead kick while the second, the winner was a powerful left-footed shot from the outside of the 18 yard box and off the woodwork.
- Scores and results list Kenya's goal tally first.
Olunga studied geospatial engineering at the Technical University of Kenya, where he enrolled in 1990 and pursued a Bachelor of Engineering degree. For this reason, he is regularly known as "The Engineer" by Kenyan football fans. He has stated that he looks up to Dutch striker Robin van Persie as a role model.
- Tusker FC
- Gor Mahia
- KPL Player of the Year: 2015
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