Harambee Stars captain on how he handles online trolls: ‘I am not on social media’

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Julius Jumah
Julius Jumah
A multimedia journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga has revealed that he is not on social media, amid continued backlash over his recent underwhelming performances with the national team.

Speaking on Monday, November 13, 2023, Olunga whose accounts are verified says he is not the person behind the keyboard and hence he does not come across the backlash.

In a rare display of indifference towards critics, the Al Duhail striker remarked that negative comments and criticisms don’t impact him, suggesting that any burden is likely felt by his social media manager.

“I am not on social media, so I don’t see anything people say about me there. Maybe whoever handles my social media accounts gets the pressure, but for me, I don’t see anything,” Olunga stated.

Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga: I am not on social media
Michael Olunga in training with the national team Harambee Stars. [Photo/Michael Olunga/X].

Firat leaps to the defence of Michael Olunga

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat staunchly defended his captain amid growing demands to consider alternative strikers.

Firat asserted that the 27-year-old is indispensable in his lineup, emphasizing that no Kenyan striker currently rivals Olunga’s goal-scoring prowess.

I will never put Olunga out, there’s no player of his level in Kenya at the moment. Even Masud is not near his level. Even if other people think we have players like Didier Drogba, I don’t believe it,” Firat said.

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat, captain Michael Olunga, and FKF President Nick Mwenda during a tree plating exercise at Goal Project on Monday, November 13, 2023. [Photo/FKF].
Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat, captain Michael Olunga, and FKF President Nick Mwenda during a tree plating exercise at Goal Project on Monday, November 13, 2023. [Photo/FKF].

Firat: They don’t pay Olunga much money in Qatar for nothing

The Turkish national was forthright in his defense of his captain, emphasizing that the former Gor Mahia man has made countless sacrifices for Kenya.

In Firat’s words, beyond scoring goals for Kenya, Olunga serves as Kenya’s primary ambassador in the Middle East, and those criticizing him lack a comprehensive understanding.

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“Mike is crucial for this country; he accomplishes significant things to represent his nation. If you go somewhere in the Middle East, everybody knows Michael. Do you think they know any other Kenyan? They don’t pay him so much money in Qatar for nothing,” Firat said.

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