Oh Hail The King! Kenyan Soccer Ace Mike Olunga Receives Standing Ovation in Qatar

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The King has done it again. Okay, I’m not referring to the King of Kings; rather, Engineer Michael Olunga.


And on Tuesday, he walked through a guard of honor as he was awarded for being the top scorer in the Asian Champions League.

The Harambee Stars ace and Al Duhail SC striker was presented with the 2021 Asian Champions League Golden Boot for emerging as the top scorer this past season.

Just before his team played against Al Khor, both hosts and visitors stood and clapped for the Kenyan national as he carried his golden trophy- a fete that was akin to a  guard of honor.

The footballer had scored nine times in last season’s Champions League. Currently, he has scored 13 league goals this season- making him the hitherto top scorer at the moment.

The ace has been instrumental in the team’s success- with the team sitting second at the Qatar Stars League table- five points behind Defending champions Al Sadd.

His refined skills began to be conspicuous during his stint at Gor Mahia, whereby his campaign kicked off with helping his team finish the season unbeaten. He also emerged as the top scorer, with 19 goals under his belt.

Olunga later moved to Swedish side Djurgårdens IF on a four-year contract, where he exceeded expectations and emerged fifth at the top scorers’ table.

Afterward, he moved to Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng, then jumped ship to La Liga side Girona on a one-year loan spell, where he scored a hattrick in his debut against Las Palmas.

In 2018, he joined Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol, scoring eight goals in a 13 -1 win against Kyoto Sanga. He finished the season with 27 goals-winning the J-League MVP award.

In January 2021, he moved to Al Duhail on a three seasons contract. Currently, as teams are looking to secure top talent in the transfer window, speculations are rampant that Olunga may join former Arsenal doyen, Mesut Ozil at Fenerbahce, with reports rife that the club have offered an average figure of Ksh500 million for the player

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