Olunga strikes Western Stima in Kisumu

By alex wafula
Oct 28, 2021
  • Michael Olunga scored his 18th goal of the season as Gor Mahia beat Western Stima 1-0 at Moi Stadium in Kisumu. He is hot on the heels of Jesse Were who has 20 goals to his credit.

Michael Olunga banged his 18th goal of the season as Gor Mahia beat a stubborn Western Stima by a solitary goal at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

The win takes Gor to 36 unbeaten matches. They now have 75 points on the Sportpesa-sponsored Kenyan Premier League.

Olunga struck in the 90th minute of the match after Stima had done well to close their rear hoping to extract another point from the league champions.

Up to this point of the league, Stima stood as the only side yet to concede a Gor goal after holding the new champions to a barren draw in the first leg played at the same venue.

Stima were holding off for a point and looking to hit K’Ogalo on the counter, but on the first minute of added time, Olunga sneaked in to head a Victor Ali Abondo cross.

The green army will now wait for the final day of the season on Sunday November 1 when they will be presented with their 15th league title as they play Muhoroni Youth at the Nyayo National Stadium.

With new sponsors Sportpesa on board, a new trophy is expected to be presented. But there will be a whole new fight being keenly watched on the final day, now that the title is long decided.

Olunga is only three goals short of Tusker FC’s Jesse Were in the hunt for the golden boot and if he scores a hatrick against Muhoroni and Were fires blanks at Kasarani when Tusker faces AFC Leopards, then the lanky Gor attacker will pip the Tusker man at the tape.

“It is a tight race but one that people will be really looking forward to on the last day of the season. I believe I can do it and possibly, if I score some against Muhoroni, then maybe I can grab it. But to me, the most important thing is the team,” Olunga told Sportsnewsarena.com.

Top flight debut

The striker has been gradually improving from the first time he was handed a top flight debut by Robert Matano fresh from clearing his secondary school education at Upper Hill.

In his debut season in 2013, he scored three goals, moved to Thika United where he scored nine last season and this season, he has doubled his tally to 18.

“It has been through a lot of hard work and then I found a team that had very good players and we really understand each other. When you find a team that is synchronized then it becomes easy for everyone,” Olunga noted.

On the competition with Jesse Were, he stated: “Jesse is a very good friend of mine and I like how we are competing. I think in the long run, it ends up not becoming about us but we make the league better in that each one wants to score more. Ultimately, if we take this form to the national team, then the country benefits.”

With his contract ending in December, the striker could land greener pastures next season with clubs already lining up for his signature.

South African clubs have previously not hidden admiration for the lanky attacker with Bidvest Wits and Supersport United already having handed him trials.

The latest entrant into the race is Jomo Cosmos with the PSL side’s coach having travelled to Nairobi incognito to watch and analyze the striker in view of signing him up in January. Olunga says he is currently concentrating on finishing the season with Gor, then he can put his mind on his next destination.