Ismael Dunga: Kenya star adjustments from FK Vllaznia to Sagan Tosu

The towering striker was introduced to the Japanese side from Albania in a one-year contract

The Kenyan international Ismael Dunga has finally sealed his much-discussed transfer to Japanese top player Sagan Tosu.

The former Tusker striker’s broadcast has been speculative since Jan 9, when it was reported that the Japanese had already held talks to sign Albanian giant FK Vllaznia Shkoder’s player.

Tosu has now confirmed on their official website that they have sealed the signing of the player moving to Japan just weeks after Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga left the J1 league for the Qatar Stars League after working for Al Duhail SC had signed.

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Dunga has signed a one-year contract in which Tosu confirms: “We are pleased to announce Ismael Dunga from FK Vllaznia [Albania] has decided to join Sagan Tosu as a full transfer. “

The striker expressed his joy at the sealing of the transfer by saying: “I am happy to be part of Sagan Tosu’s family. I want to work with you as a team and do my best. Many Thanks.”

Dunga is one of the Kenyan stars who moved to Europe and also played for three Albanian teams in his career.

The former Sony Sugar and Tusker striker joined KF Tirana’s Vllaznia Shkoder in 2020. He came to KF Tirana from another Albanian club Luftetari in 2019, where he played 24 games and scored seven goals from 2018 to mid-2019.

The 27-year-old forward played for Greek club Acharnaikos between 2016 and 2017, playing in seven games and scoring three goals before moving to Morocco and signing for Raja Beni Mellal.

Dunga signed from Raja Beni Mellal for the city of Lusaka in 2017 and moved to Napsa Stars FC, another Zambian team, in 2018.

He also played for Nakumatt and Congo United in Kenya before making a tour of overseas clubs in 2016.

His new club finished the season in 13th place with 36 points, having won seven games, drawn 15 and lost in 12 other games. Eventual champions Kawasaki Frontale finished 47 points over Dunga’s club.

He is now joining the league where striker Olunga made his mark after a stellar 2019-20 season with Kashiwa Reysol by winning the Golden Boot – after scoring 28 goals – and also being voted Most Valuable Player, first Africans both won awards.

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