After the Samurai Blue defeated Mongolia 14-0 in a 2022 Fifa World Cup Asian second Qualifying Group “F” match on Wednesday, Kenya’s Michael Olunga became a high priority in Japan.
Olunga’s eight-goal blitz in Kashiwa Reysol’s 13-1 demolition of Kyoto Sanga in a J2 League match on November 24, 2019, brings back fond memories.
Reysol’s victory is also the greatest in the history of the Japanese Professional Football League.
“For some reason, Olunga has entered the trend in Yahoo! real-time search behind the “historical victory”, which is a record for the most goals in the World Cup qualifying for the Japanese national team,” According to records, Hajime Moriyasu’s side scored nine goals against Mongolia, with nine different scorers.
Yuya Osako scored a hat-trick, Sho Inagaki, Junya Ito, and Kyogo Furuhashi each scored two goals, and Takumi Minamino, Daichi Kamada, Hidemasa Morita, and Takuma Asano each scored once. In Japan’s historic victory, Khash-Erdene Tuyaa recorded an own goal
“Olunga is trending. Even though he hasn’t scored a single goal for Japan (he plays for Kenya national team), he is a symbol of a large number of goals in Japan,” according to the reports.
Olunga, who turned 27 on March 26, played in the J2 League Round of 42 match against Kyoto on November 24, 2019 in Kashiwa, where he belonged at the time, in his first full season with Reysol in 2019.
With eight goals and two assists, he led the team to a 13-1 win. These 13 goals set a new J-League record, with eight of them setting new league records and leading to a record-breaking victory.
“There are many people who associate “Olunga” on the net with the historical 14 goals of the Japanese national team this time. Mr Olunga’s trend has blown away.”
Olunga scored 27 goals in the J2 League in 2019, helping Kashiwa win promotion to the J1 League. He went on to score 28 goals in the 2020 J1 Season, making him the first African footballer to be named Player of the Year since the league began in 1993.
Al Duhail SC in Qatar actually has him as a centre-forward. On January 12, he joined Qatar’s top-tier team.