Kenya Captain Michael Olunga Finally Reveals Stunning Reason That Made Him Reject Move to Monaco

Kenya Captain Michael Olunga Finally Reveals Stunning Reason That Made Him Reject Move to Monaco

  • Kenya striker Michael Olunga has revealed that he snubbed a move to Monaco in the past for him to finish secondary school
  • The 28-year-old has advised footballers to also balance education with their professional careers
  • Olunga is currently playing for Qatari club Al-Duhail, where he has featured in 36 games and netted 35 goals

Michael Olunga, who is the captain of the Kenyan international team, has finally explained reason that made him reject a move to Monaco in what could have been a career-making transfer.

The joy and target of virtually all African players playing on their continent is to secure move to Europe, for them to have the chance to play amongst 'the big boys'.

There are many players who have succeeded in doing this after moving to Europe from local leagues in Africa.

Michael Olunga, Kenya, school, Monaco, transfer move
Kenyan captain Michael Olunga turned down a move to Monaco to focus on his education. Photo by Simon Holmes.
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This was the dream of Olunga, when he was playing streets football in Nairobi and caught the attention of those in charge of Monaco.

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Instead of the striker to grab the opportunity of moving to Europe from Kenya though, he turned it down, according to the report on GOAL.

Why did Olunga not accept?

The 28-year-old explained that he was about to finish his secondary education when Monaco came calling, and he decided to snub the French side to focus on his own development.

“Two weeks to the KCSE exams, I got an offer to join the Monaco Under-18 side. Everything at the time was ready, so I had to choose between the KCSE exams and going to Monaco.”

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