Kenyan star earns Golden Crown in Japan


HARAMBEE Stars striker Michael Olunga was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) 2020 of the Japanese J1-League after concluding 34 league games for his side Kashiwa Reysol.

Kashiwa Reysol finished 7th in the J1-league after Olunga helped the side to promotion from the J2-league. The Kenyan international netted 28 goals in 2020 to capture the Golden Boot, and in doing so became the 7th player in league history to win both MVP and Golden Boot in the same season.

Olunga thanked his family and friends who helped him build his career “Glad to be named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) 2020 in the Meiji Yasuda  J-league,

“Firstly, I want to thank God for this opportunity and blessings throughout this season. Also,the collective effort from myself, my teammates, the entire Kashiwa reysol fraternity and fans helped make this dream realizable for me and for this am grateful.” said Olunga in a statement on Facebook.

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Olunga, who has been at the Japanese club since 2018 after leaving Girona in Spain, where he scored three goals in 14 La Liga appearances, previously played in China, Sweden and in Kenyan Premier League (KPL) with Tusker, Thika United and Gor Mahia.

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