Kashiwa Reysol striker has been named the J-League Most Valuable Player (MVP for the month of August. The Harambee Stars forward scored five goals in the month, including a brace against Kashima Antlers.
The forward has been consistent in his mission to find goals for his side and leads in the Golden Boot race with 15 strikes
Olunga has had a stellar performance in Japan’s top league and is the current leading scorer in the Golden Boot race having netted 15 goals from 14 matches. The former Thika United and Tusker striker opened the month of August with a goal against Nagoya Grampus as Kashiwa Reysol won 1-0. On August 5, the striker did not feature even though Kashiwa Reysol emerged victorious against Shonan Bellmare with a slim 1-0 win.
After missing the Shonan Bellmare win, Olunga returned to the fold on August 8 and scored a 62-minute goal which ensured Kashiwa Reysol and Yokohama F. Marinos drew 1-1. Olunga was on target once again in August when he scored an 88th-minute goal even though Kashiwa Reysol fell at home to Cerezo Osaka with a 3-1 scoreline.
His exploits in his maiden top-flight campaign led to praises from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa. Mwendwa believes Olunga’s form will be key in Kenya’s African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.
Olunga is currently the leading top scorer in the Japanese top league with 15 goals from 15 games.