Michael Olunga: Kenyan International Nominated for Afc Champions League Award

Michael Olunga: Kenyan International Nominated for Afc Champions League Award

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:52 PM
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  • Olunga has the chance to win the AFC Champions League goal of the tournament
  • The Kenyan’s strike against Al Ahli Saudi in the group stages is among the contenders for the award
  • He emerged top scorer in the AFC Champions League despite his team exiting in the group stages of the competition

Kenyan international Michael Olunga’s goal has been nominated for the goal of the tournament in the AFC Champions League.

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Olunga's scored nine goals in the AFC Champions League as his side exited in the group stages. Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images.
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Olunga recently grabbed the golden boot after smashing in nine goals in the group stage for his side Al Duhail.

Despite the nomination, the former Gor Mahia striker will face stiff competition from nine other opponents, who managed to bag some memorable goals in the latter stages of the competition.

All of Olunga’s goals in the AFC Champions League came in the group stage as his side did not make the knock out stages.

The goal in contention for goal of the tournament was a cheeky free-kick against Al Ahli Saudi that was drilled low from outside of the box.

Notably, that goal from 25 yards out was his ninth one of the campaign.

How to vote

Lucky for Olunga, anyone can vote for his goal to boost his chances of winning the award.

To vote, one needs to visit the AFC official portal and head to the bottom of the page to access the Kenyan international’s name.

Olunga, who won the Most Valuable Player while playing for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan in 2020, has continued his goal-scoring prowess in Qatar for Al Duhail.

He is currently the goal scoring charts in the league with his 12 strikes in a mere seven games.

More recently, he took to social media to announce he had been crowned the Qatar Stars League (QSL) October/November Player of the Month.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.