Kenyan international Michael Olunga hopes to get his paperwork ready in time for his first competitive match for his Swedish side Djugardens IF when they face city rivals Hammarby in a Swedish Cup tie scheduled for Sunday 6 March.
Olunga is ineligible to play until he gets his work and residential permits which the club’s management has been working on for the last two weeks.
The striker sealed a four year deal with the Swedish side in February after weeks of trial and having him in the game will be a massive boost for coach Pelle Olsson given it is a must win clash for Djugarden if they look to advance in the cup competition.
“I have to be patient, to wait and see how everything goes. The club management is working on it. I understand that foreign players have to get a work permit. Let us hope it will be ready as soon as possible
“We’ll just see what happens. As a player, you have to be ready for any game. All matches are important. If that happens, then I’ll be ready to play for my team, hopefully we get a good result, he told Swedish site FotballDirekt.
Olunga says he is ready for action despite the obvious competition he faces, rising from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) directly to the Swedish top flight.
“It’s good for the team, for now the coach has a lot of choices. As players, we are so motivated to work harder in training and during matches, it is a good and healthy competition. I pray that whoever gets the chance to represent Djurgården in the match will do their best and we will get the results,” he added.