Kenya’s Michael Olunga will be hoping to have a proper rest after completing his season with Qatari top flight side Al Duhail.
The Harambee Stars striker joined the club on January 12 from Kashiwa Reysol, when his side were still in contention for Qatar Stars League, Qatar Cup, Amir Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and Asian Champions League but completed his season without a trophy despite being one of the main figures at the club despite joining midway through the season.
Having joined Al Duhail just eight days after the completion of the Japanese League where he guided Kashiwa to a seventh place finish where he won the Golden Boot, Olunga was thrown straight away into the fray where they faced Al Sadd on the day of his signing; a game that he didn’t do much. Another fruitless game against Qatar followed but the striker got going with a hat-trick in 6-0 demolition of Al Ahli Doha in the round of 16 of Amir Cup on January 25.
He was to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup thereafter where they were eliminated by African giants Al Ahly.
In the half a season, Olunga bagged 20 goals in total with six coming in the league; the player ending the campaign with a goal in their 2-1 loss at the hands of Al Rayyan in the semifinals of the Amir Cup.
After his hattrick against Al Ahli in the Amir Cup, Olunga’s next goal came in their 2-0 win over Al Ryyan in a league game. A goal against Al Shamal (in a Cup game) and others against Al Kharitiyath and Al Sailiya (both in the league followed).
It’s Al Ahli who saw the wrath of the Kenyan when he bagged a brace against them in the league this after a goal against Al Arabi with five goals coming against Esteghlal in a two-legged fixture in the AFC Champions League. Goals then followed against Al Shorta, Al Ahli, and Al Rayyan.