Michael Olunga: Harambee Stars Captain Stars to Send Al Duhail to AFC Champions League Semi Final

Michael Olunga: Harambee Stars Captain Stars to Send Al Duhail to AFC Champions League Semi Final

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:26 PM
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  • Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga starred to help his side qualify for the AFC semi-finals
  • Al-Duhail has now set up a crunch semi-final against Al-Hilal to be played on Sunday
  • The Hernan Crespo coached side left it late in the game to overcome the Saudi Arabian side

Michael Olunga scored twice to to help his Al-Duhail side qualify for the Asian Champions League semi-finals on Thursday night.

Al-Duhail beat Al-Shabab 2-1 to prevent an all-Saudi Arabia semi-final, with the Qatari side now set to face Al-Hilal.

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A-Duhail striker Michael Olunga. Photos by NurPhoto/Matthew Ashton.
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Al-Hilal are the title favourites, having recently finished behind Real Madrid in the Club World Cup held in Morocco.

The Saudi giants took Carlo Ancelotti's men to the limit before eventually losing 5-3 in the final held at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium. They had earlier defeated Iran’s Foolad Khuzestan 1-0 in the other quarter-final match.

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Olunga scores for Al-Duhail

Olunga broke the deadlock for his side only in the 75th minute despite Al-Duhail controlling major parts of the game.

His first goal came from an excellent corner delivery from Edmilson Junior, with the 28-year-old powering in a header.

Minutes later, he took full advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot in his side's second and eventual winner. However, Al-Shabab threatened a late comeback after Saeed al-Rubaei pulled one back in stoppage time.

The winner will face the Urawa Reds of Japan, who have already qualified for the finals after beating South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai.

Kenyans question Olunga's goal prowess

Sports Brief previously reported that Qatar's embarrassing defeat in their first-ever World Cup match raised more questions than answers.

The Middle Eastern country became the first host country to lose their opening game after going 2-0 down to Ecuador on November 20, 2022.

Amidst the back and forth regarding the opening game, Kenyan fans waded into the debate with Olunga's name repeatedly brought up.

Olunga, who is also the national team captain, plies his professional trade with Qatari side where he has enjoyed immense success since signing up.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)