Fresh details has emerged showing how Harambee Stars captain and Al-Duhail SC forward Michael Olunga was nearly scammed over Ksh 67 million.
According to a report on the Nairobian, the footballer and his fiancée, Grace Edith Akinyi, almost lost the aforementioned amount of money to a real estate firm.
With the big money that comes with playing professional football abroad, Olunga and his girlfriend decided to buy a commercial land in Nairobi.
The land which is registered as LR No3734/423 and sold by Captain Real Estate Company would cost them Ksh 67,292,500.
The couple made the payment and to their surprise, the company refused to hand over the land signaling an impending mega scam.
Alarmed by the outrageous decision by the real estate firm, Olunga sought services of a lawyer and sued the company.
“The company refused to honour its end of the bargain to affect the transfer of the property to Grace Akinyi and myself
“They have been consistently treating us to false promises, inly to realize that they had advertised the property and sold it to a third party,” Olunga said.
In his affidavit, Olunga noted that he entered the deal with Captain Real Estate Company alongside his girlfriend in April 2022.
He completed the transaction and deposited money to the company’s bank account at Nairobi Riverside Platinum Branch after signing the sale agreement.
Olunga made the payment in varied instalments, and he had met the agreed price as of September 2022.
“Despite the demand to reimburse back our money, the company consistently started treating us to promises and counter promises without any action
“Our advocate then wrote to the company asking for a refund but they did nothing. They were notoriously enjoying possession of our money and using the property at our expense,” he said.
Olunga went to court in a bid to preserve the land before they lose everything.
Salary at Al-Duhail SC
Olunga moved to Qatari top flight side Al Duhail SC from Japanese J-league side Kashiwa Resyol where he had put his name as a top scorer.
The forward salary was doubled from the Ksh 8 million monthly that he received at Kashiwa Reysol to Ksh 16 million per month in Al-Duhail.
He will earn allowances and bonuses for goals scored and the overall performance of the team.
The lethal striker has had a fair share of challenges in Qatar with the sweltering heat being one of them. This calls for adequate hydration as the Kenyan player reveals he ends up losing as much as 3 litres of fluids in a game
Despite this, Olunga has had an impressive performance with Al Duhail. In 2021, the towering striker was named the top scorer in the AFC Champions League after he scored nine goals.
He became the first Kenyan and Al Duhail player to ever achieve this. The prolific striker was also the top scorer of the Qatar Stars League in the 2021/22 season with 24 goals from 20 matches.
According to the Harambee Stars forward, he majorly considers two things before joining any football side.
These are the opportunity to propel his career and the financial benefits offered.
“Each and every time you make a stellar performance in a season, many clubs want you to sign for them
“You have to evaluate which is the best option for you career-wise and financial-wise. A combination of both decisions have played a huge part in my movements,” he said in a past interview.