Kenya forward Michael Olunga on fire for Reysol this season|The Japan Times
Kashiwa Reysol forward Michael Olunga is turning heads in the J. League first department this season, bagging a hat trick against Vegalta Sendai on Sunday to strengthen his position as the J1’s top scorer with 8 goals in seven matches.
Reysol’s ace, who sits atop the season’s scoring rankings by 4 objectives, assisted cement Kashiwa’s go back to the first division this year by notching 8 objectives in the club’s last match last season against Kyoto Sanga and setting a J. League record.
” I combat hard every match and attempt to do my best,” said Olunga, the first gamer from Kenya to contend in Japan’s leading flight.
Olunga contributed a brace to Reysol’s season-opening 4-2 win over Consadole Sapporo in February before the J. League suspended matches for nearly 4 months due to the coronavirus break out.
The Kenya international went scoreless in the very first 3 matches held since the J1 season resumed earlier in the month, however acquired six goals over the last 3 video games and stated his “condition is improving.”
In addition to overlooking his opponents, the 193-cm Olunga stands out on the pitch for his competent footwork and ball control, even when firmly marked.
His long legs and spring-like step likewise give him a benefit in speed, allowing him to get in quickly behind the opposition’s back line.
Born and raised in Nairobi, the 26-year-old Olunga has a special background that consists of being a member of the U-17 nationwide handball team and boasting an excellent scholastic record.
After studying engineering at the Technical University of Kenya, Olunga chose he would “bank on my capacity” and put all his effort into pro soccer. He had stints overseas with clubs in Sweden, China and Spain prior to landing in Japan with Kashiwa in the middle of the 2018 season.
Nicknamed “Mika” and favored by his teammates, Olunga has a fighting spirit and a gentle soul, stating he hopes to remain in shape and produce good results for his team.
Reysol sits seventh in the 18-team J1 table, 7 points behind leader Kawasaki Frontale. The 2020 season is expected to cover up in December.