Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga has emerged the 2015 Kenyan Player of the Year after a stellar season in 2015 which saw him guide his club to win the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and KPL Top 8 titles unbeaten.
Olunga also helped his team to reach the semi final of the GOtv Shield where they were beaten by second tier side Nakumatt FC on post match penalties and also guided the team top the final of the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, only losing to Azam FC.
The 21 – year old lanky striker, playing in his third season in the KPL, had the best year of his career, banging in 39 goals for both club and country in 62 matches he featured in in the year.
19 of his goals in the year came in the premier league, which saw him finish second behind Jesse Were on the KPL best scorers’ list. At Gor Mahia, he was the best scorer.
His performances for club and country in the year earned him the status of Kenya’s poster boy as he emerged as the best replacement for Kenya’s top striker Dennis Oliech who is now fading off.
Kenya’s skipper Victor Wanyama described Olunga as a player who can make it to the top in Europe and true to Wanyama’s word, interest has been reported on the player from European clubs.
Olunga was contesting for the 366football 2015 Kenyan Player of the Year recognition alosngside Jese Were of Tusker, Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe of Lierse SK in Belgium and Johanna Omollo of Royal Antwerp in Belgium.
What made him emerge best is his contribution not just to his club but also to the country after making his break to the national team in 2015.