Michael Olunga's wife, salary, net worth, team, awards, former clubs

Michael Olunga's wife, salary, net worth, team, awards, former clubs

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:56 PM
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Michael Olunga is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays for Kenya's national football team and Al-Duhail in Qatar. He is known for his powerful left foot and an ideal height of a natural striker. Olunga has also established an excellent relationship with his long-term girlfriend. So, who is Michael Olunga's wife? Let's find out more about the football star.

Where was Olunga born?
Kenya's Michael Olunga controls the ball during a FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier football match against Mali at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi on 10 October 2021. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba
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Michael is a player adored by many young players in Kenya. He is a disciplined person who rarely gets into controversies surrounding many celebrities. However, many people still do not know about his love life despite his fame since he prefers to keep his personal life private. So, how old is Michael Olunga? In this article, we share that and much more.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Michael Ogada Olunga
  • Date of birth: 26 March 1994
  • Place of birth: Nairobi
  • Zodiac sign: Aries
  • Michael Olunga's age: 27 (as of February 2022)
  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Profession: Football player
  • Current team: Al-Duhail SC, Qatar
  • Height: 6'3" (1.9m)
  • Weight: 80kg
  • Best foot: Left
  • Girlfriend: Grace
  • Parents: Alice and Joseph Ogada Olunga
  • Michael Olunga's Instagram: @ogadaolunga
  • Twitter: @OgadaOlunga
  • Facebook: @MichaelOlunga
  • Net worth: $3.6 million

Michael Olunga's biography

The striker was born on 26 March 1994 in Nairobi. Michael Olunga's parents, Alice and Joseph Ogada, lived and raised their children in the Lucky Summer estate. Michael also has an elder brother called Victor Ogada.

Olunga developed a strong passion for football from a very young age. Unfortunately, he lost his father at the age of 7, but that did not stop his ambition of becoming a professional footballer.

Who is Michael Olunga's wife?

Michael Olunga's wife name
Harambee Stars striker Michael poses with his long-term girlfriend, Grace. Photo: @GhaflaKenya
Source: Twitter

The humble striker is not married but is in a relationship. So, who is the lovely lady showering him with love?

The 27-year-old is dating his long-term girlfriend, Grace. Olunga has shared several photos of the lovely couple. He recently posted a picture of Grace on Instagram, wishing her a happy birthday.

Michael Olunga awards

The decorated athlete has bagged a couple of awards, trophies and achievements:


  1. Kenyan Super Cup: 2013
  2. KPL Top 8 Cup: 2013

Gor Mahia

  1. Kenyan Premier League: 2014, 2015
  2. Kenyan Super Cup: 2015
  3. KPL Top 8 Cup: 2015

Kashiwa Reysol

  • J2 League: 2019


  1. KPL Player of the Year: 2015
  2. J.League Top Scorer: 2020
  3. J.League MVP Award: 2020
  4. J.League Best XI: 2020
  5. Kenyan Outstanding Sports Personality of Year: 2021
  6. AFC Champions League Top Scorer: 2021
Michael Olunga's wife
Michael Olunga celebrates his wifey's birthday on Instagram. Photo: @ogadaolunga
Source: Instagram


The striker studied at Baba Dogo Primary School before joining Upper Hill Secondary School, where he scored an impressive A- in his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

With the grade, he secured a slot at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) to pursue a degree in Geospatial Engineering.

Michael Olunga's team
Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga is one of the most talented strikers Kenya has produced. Photo: @ogadaolunga
Source: Twitter

Football career

The footballing engineer won the hearts of many with his exceptional football skills in primary and secondary schools. He was awarded the Nairobi County Schools' Association MVP award for finishing top scorer.

He began his career with the Liberty Sports Academy in the Nairobi County League. The forward bagged 32 goals for the side during the 2012 season, helping them finish the season unbeaten and promoted to the Nairobi Provincial League.

He caught the attention of many scouts after netting seven goals in a single match, steering his team to 8-0 victory.


Defending Kenya Premier League champions Tusker acquired his services on 19 December 2012 from Liberty Academy on a one-year-loan move. Olunga scored two goals for the Breweries in 2013 but was loaned to Thika United in 2014.

Gor Mahia

Michael Olunga's former clubs
Olunga celebrates after scoring Gor Mahia's opening goal against KCB in a Kenya Premier League match on 9 August 2015: Photo: @citizentvkenya.
Source: Twitter

Michael joined the Premier League giants in 2015 and made a statement by scoring 19 goals in that season as Gor Mahia clinched its 15th league title unbeaten. He was also named KPL's Most Valuable Player of the season.


Michael, like many young Kenyan footballers, dreamt of playing abroad. So he went for trials in Djurgårdens IF, Sweden and undoubtedly impressed the club's management. The striker joined the team after signing a four-year deal on 17 February 2016. His heroic display and goals earned him many praises that lifted many spirits in the stadium.

Guizhou Zhicheng

Several clubs noticed his talent, including Belgium's Club Brugge, Swedish giants Malmö FF, and Galatasaray. However, Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng won the race after reportedly paying $4 million. He played nine games and scored two goals before moving to Girona on loan.


Michael Olunga's former clubs
Argentine and Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano vies with Girona's Ramalho (C) and Olunga during their La Liga match at the Montilivi stadium in Girona on 23 September 2017. Photo: Josep Lago
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Michael scored a hat-trick in his debut game for the Spanish outfit in a 6-0 victory over La Palmas. He is the first and only Kenyan player to score a hat-trick in La Liga.

Kashiwa Reysol

Olunga joined the Japanese side on 10 August 2018. He netted eight goals in a 13-1 victory over Kyoto Sanga. His 27 league goals helped Reysol to secure promotion to the first division.

In July 2020, he bagged a hat-trick in a 5-1 triumph over Vegalta Sendai and a brace in the club's 4-3 victory over Vissel Kobe in October that year.

Michael finished the 2020 J. League season as the top scorer with 28 goals and won the league's Most Valuable Player award.

Where is Olunga now?

After spending two years at Kashiwa Reysol, it was time for the former Gor Mahia star to move on. His next destination would be in Qatar.


Michael Olunga's awards
Olunga celebrates scoring a goal for his club Al-Duhail. Photo: @ogadaolunga
Source: Instagram

The striker penned down a three-year contract with Qatari club Al-Duhail in January 2021. He once again proved his talent by scoring crucial goals. With nine goals, the 27-year-old finished as the top scorer in the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League. He is currently a regular starter in the club.

Michael Olunga's salary

Every professional player's dream is to make more money and live a decent life. So, how much is the Kenyan forward taking home weekly? Michael Olunga's salary per week in Qatar was estimated at around $37,500 as of January 2021. Michael Olunga's net worth is estimated at $3.6 million.

Harambee Stars

The footballing engineer made his Harambee Stars debut against Seychelles in an international friendly match held at the Stade Linite on 28 March 2015. The stars won 2-0, but Olunga did not score.

He has played over 35 matches for the Stars, scoring over 16 goals. In September 2019, he was appointed captain of the national team by the then head coach, Francis Kimanzi.

Michael Olunga's house and cars

Michael Olunga's net worth
The Kenyan star has displayed a few types of car brands. Photo: @YouthVillageKE
Source: Twitter

Although there are no details about the player's house, he has been spotted with flashy cars on several occasions. On 4 September 2018, he arrived in Harambee Stars training camp with his white Toyota Landcruiser 11 4.7 V8 Executive. He was once also spotted with a luxurious 20 Million Sports Car.

Michael Olunga's contacts

The striker is active on social media platforms and likes connecting to his fans. He has over 140,000 followers on Instagram, over 1.1 million on Facebook and close to 100,000 on Twitter as of February 2022.

After dating the Kenyan star for many years, most people believe Grace is the perfect lady to become Michael Olunga's wife. Her support for the talented forward has helped him focus on his career. Meanwhile, his fans hope he makes a dream move to the English Premier League soon.

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Helix Odhiambo
Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.