AFCON 2019: Kashiwa Reysol finally release Olunga for national duty

By Clive Kyazze

Michael Olunga will finally link up with the rest of Harambee Stars squad in France after his club, Kashiwa Reysol bowed to pressure to release him.

The Japanese second tier side had declined to release the Kenyan international citing club assignments putting coach Sebastien Migne’s plans in jeopardy with FKF announcing that the striker risked missing the tournament.

They had vowed to allow him leave on June 17th, 2019 just a few days before the African Cup of Nations.

Football Kenya Federation sought help from FIFA’s Player Status Department and the club has finally allowed the player to leave and will now link up with the rest of the team in France on Thursday.

“Michael Olunga is on Thursday morning expected to join Harambee Stars camp in France ahead of Kenya’s upcoming international friendly matches, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt,” FKF announced.

“This is following Kashiwa Reysol’s release of the player, who was a doubt for the camp as his parent club is still active in their domestic league,” the statement further read.

Meanwhile, Harambee Stars will play Madagascar in a friendly match on Friday 7th June in France before heading to Spain for another friendly match against DRC on 15th June.

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