In Summary

  • Olunga became subject of online criticism in October
  • Coach Firat passionately defends Olunga.
  • Michael Olunga says He’s not demoralized by the online criticism

Micheal Olunga, who has been in red-hot form for Qatar’s Al Duhail, became the subject of online criticism in October for his failure to find the back of the net in five consecutive games for Kenya.

After that game, netizens took over the social media space  fans expressing genuine concerns about Olunga’s performances for the national team.

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Olunga’s Critics

Olunga In Action Photo Courtesy)


Initially  netizens criticized Michael ‘Engineer’ Olunga when he joined Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol in 2018 after the expiry of his loan deal at Spanish side Girona.

In recent times Olunga  critics surfaced online  after the Harambee Stars’ clash against Russia on October 16, 2023, where he missed several crucial opportunities.

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Olunga On Online Critics

Commenting on social media critics Michael Olunga says He’s not demoralized by the online criticism

.”I am not on social media so I don’t see anything people say about me there. Maybe whoever handles my social media accounts gets the pressure but for me, I don’t see anything.”

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Coach Firat Defends Olunga

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat previously addressing the press. PHOTO/Harambee Stars/Twitter


Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has come to the defense of Michael Olunga as he faces scrutiny over his recent performance for the national team.

In a press conference held on Monday  Coach Firat  defended Olunga.

“There’s no player at Michael Olunga’s level in Kenya right now. They don’t pay him so much money in Qatar for nothing.” – Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat

For me as a coach, I will never put Olunga out, there’s no player of his level in Kenya at the moment. Even Masud is not near his level. Even if other people think we have players like Didier Drogba, I don’t believe it.”


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