Harambee Stars striker Micheal Olunga turned down offers from Egyptian and Saudi Arabian clubs in preference for a big-money move to giant Qatari club Al-Duhail SC, Nation Sport has learnt.

Fresh from winning the top scorer and Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards in the Japanese league at Kashiwa Reysol last season, Olunga finalised an estimated Sh1 billion move to the Red Knights on Monday.

He wasted little time in settling down at his new club as coach Sabri Lamouchi, a former French international, handed him his debut match in which Duhail lost 3-1 to table toppers Al Saad at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Tuesday night.

Besides being required to help the defending champions to claw back an eight-point gap held by leaders Al-Saad and win an eighth league title this season, Olunga is also expected to feature prominently at the rescheduled 2020 Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar.

The event set for Qatar from February 1-11 has attracted European champions Bayern Munich, African giants Al Ahly, Australia’s Auckland City, South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai FC, and Mexico’s Club de Futbol Tigres de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leo (UANL).

“We must be realistic about our goals and acknowledge that we are taking part in this tournament because Qatar is the host country and that we won the league last year,” Lamouchi told fifa.com.

“Winning the (world club) title isn’t my aim. We’ll be taking things one day at a time. We’re lucky to be playing at this level. It is a big challenge and we must not be overly optimistic.”

Sources close to Olunga told Nation Sport that things could have turned out differently had the player accepted an offer from Egyptian club Pyramids. The offer has been on the table for the past six months.