Gor Mahia turn down Olunga’s demands for contract extension
By NAIROBI NEWS TEAM
Micheal Olunga could be on his way out of Gor Mahia after preliminary talks with the club over contract extension failed to yield fruits.
Nairobi News understands the forward had talks with club Chairman Ambrose Rachier this past week, where he presented “unrealistic” demands for a one-year contract extension.
The meeting consequently ended without the two parties arriving at a solution and it remains unclear whether further meetings are planned.
“The player’s initial offer was in the region of Sh5 million as sign on fees to enable him remain with us for another year. That figure is unrealistic, not because he isn’t worth it, but we don’t have that kind of money,” a source who is privy to talks told Nairobi News.
The 21 year old’s contract at Gor Mahia officially expires on Thursday, four days before the club formally embarks on preparations for the 2016 season.
Olunga has been a mainstay for the 2015 Kenyan Premier League champions, scoring 19 league goals and in the process emerging as the season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Moroccan club Raja Casablanca are understood to have already failed to lure him with a bid in the region of Sh20 million in November while South African club Mamelodi Sundowns are also said to be on his trail.
Former Sundowns and Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth has led the praise for the youngster.
“I have seen Olunga in action for Kenya and his team Gor Mahia. I think he is a lot busier and more hardworking than (Leonardo) Castro and he will offer Sundowns much more,” Booth, who played at the 2010 Fifa World Cup, told Goal South Africa.