Olunga scores

Michael Olunga Moves Closer to Golden Boot Glory as he Scores Yet Again


Kenya’s prolific striker Michael Olunga moved closer to claiming Golden Boot award in Japan’s J1 League after netting his 24th goal of the season as Kashiwa Reysol lost 2-1 to Sagan Tosu at Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium on Saturday.

It was Kashiwa’s first match since October 31 after three weeks of coronavirus-enforced break.

The Kenyan international scored in the 87th minute after connecting to a cross from right back Kengo Kitazume that was headed his way by Hiroto Goya.

It was Olunga’s first goal in the last three matches and his 25th in all competitions this season.

The 26-year-old centre-forward had gone two matches without scoring after he was left out of the squad when Kashiwa drew 0-0 against Shimizu S-Pulse on October 31 and had contributed two assists for Brazilian Cristiano when they demolished FC Tokyo 3-1 on October 28.

Olunga’s last goal had been against Gamba Osaka when they went down 3-1 in Osaka on October 24.

Olunga’s closest rival in the top scorer’s race, Everaldo took his tally to 16 after he opened the scores for Kashima and then contributed assists for fellow Brazilian Juan Matheus Alano Nascimento and Japanese forward Ayase Ueda.

Kashiwa will visit fourth-ranked Kashima in their next match on November 25.


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