- Olunga scored a first half hat trick and added five more goals in the second half
- This is his most prolific season as his goal tally for club surpassed 20 goals
- His side Kashiwa Reysol are en route to promotion as they stand top of the standings in Japan's second tier league
Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga continued to display his scintillating form as he netted eight goals in a single match for his Japan side Kashiwa Reysol.
Olunga cemented his place as the top scorer in the J-League Two as Kashiwa demolished opponents Kyoto 13 -1 at the Kashiwa Stadium on Sunday, November 24.
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The Kenyan striker opened the scoring in the sixth minute, before adding a second and third in the 23rd and 33rd minute to ensure his side took an unassailable 4-1 lead at half time.
While Kyoto were done and dusted in the first half, the home side did not let their foot off the pedal in the second half and it was that man Olunga again who came up with five more goals for his side which netted nine times in the second half.
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This is the first time Olunga has scored eight goals in a single game and the first time he has scored more than 20 goals in his career with his highest previous tally being 19 goals he scored back in 2015 for Gor Mahia.
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The win consolidated Kashiwa Reysol’s position at the top of the J-League 2 on 84 points, which are five ahead of their closest rivals Yokahoma.
Kenyans were quick to applaud Olunga for his heroics as he continued to show why he should be regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in Africa.
With his side already promoted to the Japan top flight, Olunga’s icing on the cake will be the Golden boot as he is the league’s top scorer.
Additional reporting by Imran Otieno, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.
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