Michael Olunga's 2019 season couldn’t have been matched by any of his teammates in the national team.
Not only did he shine for his club with his 27 goals earning them promotion to the Japanese top flight, but he also managed to bag four goals in seven appearances for the national team in the year.
At club level, this season, the former Gor Mahia, Thika United, Tusker FC, IF Djugardens and FC Girona striker opened his goal-scoring account against Tokyo (brace) and ended that chapter with eight goals against Kyoto Sanga.
The 27 goals came in 30 appearances for the Kenyan. He started 28 games, was introduced twice, was withdrawn nine times and watched games from the bench on four occasions; he got four yellow cards for his troubles.
Apart from Tokyo and Sanga, the opponents who suffered against Olunga in the league this season were Kagoshima United (1), Avispa Fukuoka (2), Gifu (2), V-Varen Nagasaki (3), Renofa Yamaguchi (3), Tochigi (1), Ventforet Kofu (1), Gifu (One), Omiya Ardija (1), Tokushima Vortis (1) and Albirex Niigata (1)
With Harambee Stars, Olunga opened his 2019 account with a goal against DR Congo in June in a friendly clash; the game ending in a 1-1 draw. His second and third goals were to come in the Africa Cup of Nations in Stars 3-2 win over neighbors Tanzania.
His last goal this year came against Egypt as Kenya opened her 2021 African Cup of Nations Qualification process with an impressive 1-1 draw against Egypt in Alexandria last month.