Michael Olunga – I get motivated when fans sing ‘Hakuna Matata’ song

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Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga has revealed that he gets motivated whenever the Kashiwa Reysol fans sing a song for him.

The lethal striker moved signed for Kashiwa Reysol from China and despite the team being relegated a season ago, he remained to help them gain promotion for the current season.

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He has now revealed how the famous Swahili song ‘Hakuna Matata ’ has helped him to bond well with the fans of Reysol.

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“My chant at Reysol is based off Boney M.’s Jambo-Hakuna Matata ‘, a famous Swahili song,” Olunga told Fifa.com.

“They normally sing it for foreigners when they arrive in Kenya as a welcoming song. They sing to foreigners telling them Kenya is a peaceful land. Hakuna Matata means there are no problems.

“When the fans made a chant for me they probably googled famous songs in Swahili and found this one!”

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He gets motivated whenever fans sing ‘Hakuna Matata’ song

“I heard them singing it in one game and I liked it because it portrays my culture. Being sung in Swahili it makes me want to give more to the team because I feel the culture. This is why I love the chant,” he added.

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Olunga grew up watching and admiring fellow left-footer Robin Van Persie, he celebrated his 26th birthday during the earlier days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who is Micheal Olunga?

Michael Olunga was born 26 March 1994, he began his career with the Liberty Sports Academy in the Nairobi County League.

He scored 32 goals for the side during the 2012 season, helping them finish the season unbeaten and earn promotion to the Nairobi Provincial League.

Olunga signed for Kenyan Premier League side Tusker on a one-year loan deal from Liberty on 19 December 2012.

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He has scored 18 goals for Harambee Stars since 2015

He was loaned to fellow Premier League side Thika United for another year, before joining Gor Mahia before the beginning of the 2015 season.

Olunga then played for Djurgårdens IF, Guizhou Zhicheng, Girona before joining his current club Kashiwa Reysol.

He made his international debut for the Kenya national team in a friendly against Seychelles at the Stade Linité in Victoria on 28 March 2015.

Since then, he went on to play 40 games for the Harambee Stars scoring 18 goals in the process.

 

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