Unsuccessful in Europe, Olunga is Luís Castro’s diamond (and takes seven goals in two games)



Michael Olunga, Al-Duhail forward.

With an unsuccessful spell at Girona, Michael Olunga is a prolific scorer in Asia, where he is coached by Luís Castro and where he has seven goals in two games.

The game between Al-Duhail and Al-Sailiya, counting for the 4th round of the Stars League Qatar, was at an impasse and the scoreboard at half-time signaled a draw to zero. The homemade coach, the Portuguese Luis Castro, decided to throw another striker into the match and brought in Michael Olunga for the seconds 45 minutes.

The Kenyan, virtually unknown in Europe, made good on the bet of the former Shakhtar Donetsk coach and scored a hand full of goals. The goals scored in the 56, 62, 68, 79 and 85 minutes earned Al-Duhail, who is second in the League, equal on points with Al-Sadd, coached by Xavi Hernández.

This was also the fourth victory in as many games for Luís Castro as coach of Al-Duhail.

Michael Olunga, scorer of the five goals in the victory, is no stranger to the art of submission. If this year he already has seven goals in just two games, last year he was the author of 20 goals in 22 matches.

The 27-year-old forward was bought for €6m from Kashiwa Reysol, from Japan. In Japanese terrain, Olunga also proved to be a prolific scorer. In the three seasons he was there, he pointed 61 goals in 78 matches.

In a match against Kyoto Sanga, in 2019, scored seven goals of a 13-1 rout.

Prior to that, in 2018, he had been on his first and only experience in Europe, serving the Girona. The Kenyan was loaned to the Spanish emblem by the Chinese of Guizhou Zhicheng. The striker was not having a happy spell in China, scoring just two goals in nine games.

At La Liga, Olunga didn’t have a better fado either. In the 16 games he played, he scored just three goals for the team then coached by Pablo Machín. In Girona it was Pedro Porro’s teammate, who at the time was only 18 years old.

efeb20e116d36b229fc2938a72878d80 Unsuccessful in Europe, Olunga is Luís Castro's diamond (and takes seven goals in two games) Daniel Costa, ZAP //