02 Oct, 13:54
Barely has the dust settled for Kenya's striker Michael Olunga in Spain than another exit stares in his career after Cataluna, where his current club Girona is, voted overwhelmingly to secede from mainland Spain.
The secession looks more possible after the Catalans voted with a 90% approval and these means the Catalans clubs: FC Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona may well end their La Liga participation.
Olunga joined Girona last month after hard life in Chinese Super League with Guizhou Zhicheng. Before that he had been in Spain with IF Djurdgardens where he scored twelve goals before the big money move to China came knocking.
He became the third Kenyan to join La liga team after McDonald Mariga, who signed for Real Sociedad on-loan from Inter in 2011-12 season and Ismael Gonzalez who features for Segunda B side Fuenrablada. .
La Liga through its president Javier Tebas did express his opposition to the split vote saying that the Catalan clubs will have to decide where they want to play.
-In the event of independence, the Catalan clubs in La Liga would have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or in a nearby country, like Italy, France or the Premier League, he Marca.
What are the Alternatives then
The immediate alternative to La Liga would theoretically see the restoration of a Catalan league involving the likes of Barcelona, Espanyol, Girona and others. There are already a number of Catalan leagues under the umbrella of Spanish football that are administered by the FCF (Catalan Football Federation).
However, since this would be a new competition in the eyes of UEFA, it would mean an all new country coefficient, which would subsequently affect qualification for tournaments such as the Champions League and Europa League. Instead of having an automatic place, for example, teams would be forced to navigate the qualifying rounds.
The Club had always vowed to stand with the majority of the Catalans who happen to be its major fan base. Barca has also avered to defend the nation democracy and the right to self determination and condemned any act that impedes free exercise of these rights.
-Therefore, FC Barcelona publicly expresses its support for all people, entities, and institutions that work to guarantee these rights. FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way, the club statement earlier.
Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has always not shied from siding with his Catalans compatriots. He has further called the International Community to support the Self Determination move saying it is long overdue.
-We have tried on 18 occasions to reach an agreement on a referendum and the answer has always been no. We have no other option but to vote. We call on the international community to support us and on democrats the world over to help us to defend the rights that are threatened in Catalunya, such as the right of freedom of expression and the right to vote, Pep said.