Michael Olunga secured Kashiwa Reysol’s victory against Vegalta Sendai in style with a hat-trick

  • Harambee stars striker scored an astonishing three goals as his side Kashiwa Reysol battered Vegalta Sendai 5-1 in a Japan league match at the Sankyo Frontier Stadium on Sunday 26th

Hayato Nakama opened Reysols’s scoring in the 20th minutes before Olunga, whom Kenyans compare Cristiano Ronaldo, on the scoresheet as he netted in the 40th, 58th, and 73rd minutes to condemn the visitors.

Takuma Nishimura got the only goal for Vegalta Sendai before Olunga’s teammate, Yusuke Segawa added the icing on the cake as he scored the fifth goal for the winning team with four minutes of the match remaining.

The former Gor Mahia and Tusker FC striker is now the league’s top scorer, having found the back of the net eight times in six games this season, including scoring in three consecutive league matches.

The lanky forward expressed his gratitude to God for the journey far and showed appreciation for the support he has received.

“God’s favor, One more for keeps. Thank you for the support, Olunga tweeted after the match, with a photo of himself holding the match ball.

The towering forward, affectionately known as ‘The Engineer’, moved to Kashiwa Reysol in 2018 and helped them to promotion to the J1 League.

Olunga has gone down the history books as the first Kenyan to play and to score in Japan’s first division. His time with Kashiwa has been astonishingly successful and he continues to rise in his football career. There is no limit to what he can achieve in the pitch

Reysol are currently ranked seventh on the 18-team J-League standings, with 12 points from 7 matches.

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