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Makwatta: I will succeed in Europe, just like Olunga

Ulinzi Stars striker John Mark Makwatta says he confident of a successful professional career in Europe “just like Micheal Olunga.”

The Kenya international is expected to join Slovakian second tier club FC Nitra next week.

This move is however dependent on the player successfully completing a medical examination and signing a two year deal estimated to be worth Sh400,000 a month.

“I have spoken to the coach (Ivan Galad), he is counting on me to score the goals required to fire the team to promotion,” Makwatta, who won the Golden Boot in last season’s SportPesa Premier League, told Nairobi News.

“This is a dream, I only ever wanted to play in Europe. There were other clubs in Sweden and Denmark interested (in my services) but could only offer me a trial. There was no time. I am sure of scoring goals in Europe like Micheal Olunga,” the former City Stars striker added.


Crucially, Makwatta’s impending departure from Ulinzi has received blessings from the Kenya Defence Forces, with club chairman Lt. Eric Oloo stating:

“Life is about progress and for him this is big progress. He has been a diligent servant and we thank him for his services.”

The player is now expected to resign from the army.

Makwatta, who scored 16 league goals and a further six in domestic cup assignments last term, becomes the fourth top marksman from the Kenyan league to quit the competition in the last three years.

The others, Micheal Olunga left for Sweden, while Jesse Were and Jacob Keli were lured to Zambia, although Keli has since made a comeback and is currently at Bandari.