Kenya international Michael Olunga has made history in Japan after becoming the first African to be crowned as the J1-League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The golden boot award, after the Harambee Stars striker scored 28 goals in 32 games for Kashiwa Reysol, was cherry on top.
The former Gor Mahia forward, who recently signed a one-year extension at Reysol, helped the Japanese side to a seventh-place finish.
“It was a great season for me in 2020,” said Olunga, whose new deal will keep him at the club until 2022. “I was able to score a lot of goals. I would like to thank the people at Kashiwa Reysol for their support. I am very honoured to be Kashiwa Reysol’s first top scorer and the first African MVP.”
“I hope that what I have achieved will have a positive impact on Japan and on the rest of the world,” he continued.
“I hope that the J-League will continue to be the best football in Asia and that more and more African players will play in it.”
The former Gor Mahia striker went on to appreciate his colleagues as well for their role in his achievements.
“Glad to be named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) 2020 in the Meiji Yasuda J-league,” Olunga posted on his Twitter account.
“First, I want to thank God for this opportunity and blessings throughout this season.”
Olunga managed to play 32 games for Kashiwa Reysol in the 2020 J1 season and won the Golden Boot.
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By Mthokozisi Dube